Two years after opening, Bayt Aman, under Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), is continuing to support expatriate labourers who have been released from hospital and awaiting return to their home country. Since opening in June 2016, Bayt Aman has hosted 20 residents, with nine successfully discharged and safely returned to their home countries.
According to Dr Wafa Al Yazeedi, Chairperson of Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, the expatriate workers who are cared for at Bayt Aman no longer need the high level of clinical supervision provided at HMC’s rehabilitation and long-term care units, but they still require some support.
The majority of these individuals have sustained traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or injuries to multiple body parts and organ systems. While they have recovered from a serious injury and are clinically well enough to leave the hospital, they still require support. At Bayt Aman, we are able to provide them with this extra support and assistance.’
Located in Al Thumama, Bayt Aman can accommodate up to 12 guests at any given time, with most residents spending several months at the facility before returning to their home country. Established in collaboration with Qatar Building Company, Bayt Aman provides safe and accessible accommodation for workers with disabilities who are awaiting repatriation to their home country.
Some patients discharged from HMC hospitals no longer need hospital-based care but they are not yet ready to return home due to the severity of their injury or the unsuitability of their accommodation, explained Mahmoud Saleh Al Raisi, Chief of Continuing Care Group. He said that Bayt Aman is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week and created to provide a space for expatriate labourers to fully recuperate and re-adjust to their daily routine.
Dr Nasser Al Nabit, who oversees operations at Bayt Aman said many of their guests are receiving follow-up rehabilitation services at QRI on an outpatient basis. He said that while the facility is staffed by a charge nurse and patient care attendants, residents are encouraged to be independent.
Our residents are considered outpatients with our facility acting as assisted-living accommodations. Patients are encouraged to be as independent as possible, particularly in terms of their daily self-care activities.’
Calling Bayt Aman a safe and restorative environment for expatriate workers who have completed medical treatment and are waiting to return home, Dr Al Nabit said that the staff at the facility are focused on helping residents who have completed their medical treatment to fully recuperate and adjust to what may be a new normal routine.
While waiting to be cleared for travel back to their home country, residents at Bayt Aman are kept busy by engaging in activities such as exercising, painting, cooking, taking care of plants, or socialising with visitors. Staff regularly organise events for our residents, such as painting classes in collaboration with artists from the International Artists of Doha.’
Dr Al Nabit expressed his gratitude to the National Human Rights Committee, the Ministry of Interior, and Jassim and Hamad Bin Jassim Charitable Foundation for their support in facilitating the safe repatriation of the nine former residents who have returned home to their countries.
We deeply appreciate the role played by these organisations in ensuring that all Bayt Aman residents are able to stay in the country legally during the final stages of their rehabilitation and that they are able to leave the country without delay once they are well enough.’
For more information about Bayt Aman, visit hamad.qa.