Every day I get LITTLE BETTER

After suffering with Arthritis and chronic Asthma for nearly 6 years, Mrs. Shiny aged 80years was admitted to Akanksha Assisted Living centre in June 2017.

She took few days to get adjusted to the new environment & socialize with the team. Her daily routine activities were taken care by the staffs. She had physiotherapy sessions for two hours every day. Therapists focused on strengthening bilateral lower limbs and quadriceps, to restore ROM (range of motion). She has made good progress and is able to get out of bed and walk with walker.

Shiny is happy to see her mobility and continues with her treatment.

*Name changed to maintain confidentiality

To know more or to visit our Assisted Living Facility: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 9595157011.

Don’t give up HOPE

Mrs. Vidhya aged 64 years,was admitted to Akanksha Assisted living centre in the end of May 2017 with the diagnosis of stroke on the left-side of her brain, which caused weakness on the right-side of her body. She was unable to walk, to talk, or to handle any of her personal care.

Once admitted, she was under the care of doctor, nurses, attendant, physiotherapists, speech therapists as well as psychologist. Within a month, there was passive mobilization of upper and lower extremities on her right-side and significant improvement in muscle power. Today, she is at a point where she can stand up and walk with support.

Speech Therapists visit her once in a week for a 30 minute session and with consistent practice of her own she has made a remarkable progress in the clarity of her speech. Her interest in reading has helped to build on her speech, giving her more confidence and allowing her to take the risks necessary to make these gains.

*Name changed to maintain confidentiality

To know more or to visit our Assisted Living Facility: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 9595157011.

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations

The entire team at Sanctus Rehabilitation Care Foundation (SRCF) celebrated Ganesh festival with a lot of joy & devotion. Our entire team, patients, and residents offered daily prayers to Lord Ganesha.  Devotional songs were sung to seek His blessings and show gratitude. After Puja, it was nice to have lunch together with everyone. The bond each one shared with others was evident and strong, this despite coming from different family backgrounds, different religions & cultures.

Ganesh festival celebrations are incomplete without a Dhol Tasha performance & one of our team members, herself a member of such a Dhol Tasha troupe, organized for them to give a performance at our center. The rhythm and energy of these drums brought a lot of enthusiasm among the elders.  We hope that our joy continues to reverberate throughout the coming year till we welcome our dearest Ganpati again!!

To conduct entertainment or engagement events at our center, please call +91 9595157011 or email at hello@src.foundation

 

 

 

Pre School Students Visit to Akanksha Home

“The Joy you give to others is the Joy that comes back to you”

Sanctus Rehabilitation Care Foundation (SRCF) welcomed young children from Educon International school at Akanksha Old Age Home and Assisted Living Center on 6th September 2017.

Nearly 25 students were accompanied by teachers and Principal Mrs. Vinita Khaladkar. The students presented group, solo songs, and dance performances. It was a morning of fun-filled moments with residents participating and encouraging everyone. Students also distributed handmade greeting cards to all residents and also visited other elders who were unable to move out of their rooms.  The elders in return gave sweets to each student and blessed them.The theme of the day being “JOY of GIVING” was apt and these gestures were heart-warming.

In case you wish to organize a preschool visit to our center so that children can spend quality time with elders, please call us on +91 9595157011 and email at hello@src.foundation

 

Thank you Donor!

“We make a LIVING by what we get. We make a LIFE by what we give”

With contributions from various donors, the SRCF team was able to provide sarees to 50 women from Ramtekdi slum in Pune. The beneficiaries were from the economically weaker sections and were all senior citizens with health issues.  The distribution event was held at Anandchaya Centre in the month of July 2017.

The elders were overwhelmed on receiving the gift and to see their joy it made our effort all the more worthwhile. Some of them mentioned that they have all but one set of clothes and were happy to have received anything with love and respect.

Thank you for supporting this noble cause. Your donations make a big difference in the lives of the elders who are struggling to meet their daily needs.

SRCF is a registered not for profit organization with 12 A and 80 G registration. Donations made to SRCF enjoy a 50% exemption for personal income tax.

To contribute please call us on +91 9595157011 or email at hello@src.foundation

Health Camp

‘He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.’

Sanctus Rehabilitation Care Foundation’s (SRCF) medical team organised a health camp on 14th August 2017 for Industrial workers at Hadapsar Industrial Estate with the help of Mr Rajesh Gupta, who is the current President for Rotary Club, Pune Downtown. The beneficiaries were those industrial workers who are not covered under ESIC or any other government scheme.

SRCF’s team assessed workers’ health condition, provided free health information & counselling, created awareness and referred those who needed specialized treatment to Command Hospital. Nearly 80 workers, in the age group of 20 to 60 years were evaluated. The services provided included free medical examination, physiotherapy assessment, audiology screening,dental check up along besides test for random blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI monitoring.

Common complaints observed were body pain, back ache, uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension. Most of the workers were underweight and had dental decay. We are now helping the most affected of these patients on an ongoing basis through our center ‘Anandchaya’ located at Ramtekdi Slum.

In case you need SRCF to conduct a medical camp in your small industrial unit, your housing society or your company, please feel free to call us on

+91 9595857011 or email us on hello@src.foundation

Project Deeyaa

Elderly care in particular is moving towards dire straits. In India today, >60years population is ~ 100mm and will be ~ 143million in 2021. The percentage of most vulnerable population >80years will increase by 500%. Population ageing has profound social and economic problems as old age comes with several ailments. A population with a large number of elderly, needs more healthcare services and reorientation of current facilities and resources which is unfortunately not happening

As part of SRCF work with the elders of the Ramtekdi Slum, we are now launching Project Deeyaa- which will cater to the non-communicable diseases such as hearing loss, vision loss, reduced and loss of mobility etc which elders in the community face.

Initially, targeting 850 elders at an average cost of ~ INR 2700, SRCF will be providing the elders of Ramtekdi, hearing aids, intra ocular lenses, nutrient supplements, mobility and rehabilitation aids. Our on ground team at Ramtekdi, working out of our medical center called Anandchaya will be identifying these elders (process ongoing), providing these aids either directly or through Command Hospital where surgery may be required especially for eyesight related issues

Our focus is for the elderly to attain a certain standard of health and a better quality of life.

SRCF is currently raising donations for Project Deeyaa and is inviting readers to help generously. Since SRCF has 80 G registration, all donors will get 50% rebate in their personal income tax for contributions made to SRCF.

To contribute and/or to know more, please call 9595157011 or email at hello@src.foundation

Striving for PROGRESS, not perfection

A 74-year-old lady, Mrs Nanda Kiran* was brought to our Centre by her husband and daughter-in-law, with chief complaints of difficulty in swallowing food and water, regurgitating food particles, reduced speech, decreased social interaction, reduced expressions/reactions, reduced interest in activities of daily living and a shuffling gait. She had a past history of Stroke and was a known case of Parkinson’s Disease and Vascular Dementia.
At the Centre, she was observed to refuse food and if insisted upon, her face would convey pain in swallowing. Medical investigations conducted revealed no physiological reasons for pain or regurgitation of food particles. Thus, motivation and distraction techniques were employed to shift her focus from the process of swallowing and increase her food intake. Post meals, she would be engaged in brief time-limited cognitive/motor activities (for e.g. number cancellation/grain segregation tasks, etc.) to keep her occupied and reduce/prevent regurgitation. She was also introduced in various social situations (meeting new people, making requests, etc.). Hints/cues were provided during interactions to aid and increase her participation. The case was incontinent, for which a toilet schedule was created with her being taken to the toilet every 3 hours. Moreover, a daily schedule was created, to provide a sense of order and purpose. Various cognitive, social and recreational based activities were conducted during the day, to stimulate her on different levels. Physiotherapy interventions were introduced for improving her gait pattern and increasing her upper and lower limb strength.
Post interventions, the case was able to eat meals without any difficulty. Her food intake increased, with her weight increasing by 5.5 kgs. She started going for formal dinners and would choose her food of preference. Her interactions improved significantly. She started independently interacting with people of different age-groups. As her interactions increased, so did her reactivity, with her even using humour. Although she couldn’t be taken off diapers permanently, towards her end of time with us, she was able to communicate her need to use the toilet most of the time. She would look forward to attending the Centre and would remind the staff about her daily activities. Post physiotherapy interventions, she resumed her evening walks and occasional dances with her husband, although she needed constant reminders to take longer steps.
The above case highlights the need for more Centres that can provide rehabilitation in a holistic and integrated manner, by offering not just medical but also physical and psychosocial rehabilitation to seniors under one roof. Currently, most places offer medical and physical rehabilitation to seniors, ignoring their and their families’ psychosocial needs. As professionals working in the field of geriatric health, it is important for us to work towards improving the senior’s health in a holistic manner.
*Name changed to maintain confidentiality.
To know more or to visit our Old Age Home and Assisted Living Facility: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087027.

A little progress each day adds up to BIG results

Mr Neeraj Wadkar* is a 74-year-old senior with a history of Mental Retardation, who was shifted to our Assisted Living Facility post discharge from a hospital. He came to us malnourished, with rib fractures, severe muscle contractures and muscle stiffness in both legs, and was under treatment for pulmonary embolism.

During his first few days at our Assisted Living Facility, Mr Wadkar was given time to familiarise himself with the facility, staff and routine. Since he had been a member of our Elder Day Care Centre, his transition was smooth and he adjusted easily to the team. At meal times, he would eat the food served without any particular food preferences or dislikes. Nutritious, dietician advised meals were served to him through the day. Liquid intake was also monitored, and over a period of 2 months, his weight increased by 2 kgs. At the time of admission, Mr Wadkar was unable to walk even with support. He could not stretch his legs straight, and his back was slightly stooped. Physiotherapy interventions were introduced to improve his mobility, range of movements and to strengthen both his upper and lower limbs. Mr Wadkar was also preoccupied with concerns about his sleep and had an increased dependency on his caretakers which resulted in his need to have a companion present with him at all times. He constantly wanted to hold someone’s hand, even while sleeping. To reduce his over-dependency, he was gradually weaned off the hand holding habit by giving him other objects to hold during interactions, and distracting him from his need to hold hands. He was also given tasks during the day to physically and cognitively tire him, to improve his night time sleeping.

Towards the end of his second month with us, Mr Wadkar showed signs of loss of power in his left hand and leg. He was evacuated immediately to the nearest hospital, where he was diagnosed with Chronic Subdural Haematoma, which was a side effect of the blood-thinning medicine being given to him for the treatment of pulmonary embolism. Post-discharge, physiotherapeutic interventions were carried out for restoring muscle power and improve the muscle functioning. Our Doctor was in regular contact with the treating physicians and made the necessary changes in the treatment plan as advised. The nurses regularly dressed the operative wound and dispensed medicines on time, which led to an uneventful and quick recovery.

Currently, Mr Wadkar is able to carry out all his activities of daily living with assistance and he is walking unaided. His need for constant companionship and over dependence on caretakers has reduced, and although he is still preoccupied about his sleep, his night time sleep has improved.

The above case highlights the need for more facilities that can look after people who need a higher level of care than can be provided at home and at the same time do not require hospitalisation, such as an assisted living facility.

*Name changed to maintain confidentiality

To know more or to visit our Assisted Living Facility: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087027.

Hope is not a PLAN

Like many of our SRCF employees, a number of adult children stay away from their parents due to various reasons. This results in a large population of elderly ageing parents living alone. Being concerned about their health, we invest in health insurances and medications and hope for their good health and wellbeing.

However, medical emergencies can defeat the best of our plans. Numerous studies have concluded that seniors living alone are at an increased risk of mortality since they usually have a poor social network to prompt medical attention in case of acute symptoms.

Over the past few weeks, we have had medical emergencies at our Old Age Home – a chronic subdural haematoma, a stroke, and severe hypoglycemia – which were promptly and effectively managed by our team, leading to better health outcomes for our residents and a renewed strength in our conviction towards our work and vision.

To know more or to visit our Old Age Home: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087027.