The 76-year-old will now receive specialised care from caregivers as part of the efforts of the Adopt-A-Gogo-Mkhulu Foundation, which operates in five regions in Gauteng and is the brainchild of the department.
The department launched the programme to assist with the protection of elderly people and to ensure early intervention in cases of abuse.
After hearing of her ordeal, co-ordinator of the programme Fraser Thabethe allocated a caregiver to Marais. She will now receive the caregiver's undivided attention on her road to recovery, which her family said had been slow.
Thabethe was part of the team that visited Marais on Wednesday at her Eersterust home.