“I CAN”

Mrs Urmilla Jadhav, aged 70yrs, was admitted to Akanksha Assisted Living centre in August 2017 with the diagnosis of dorsal cord spondylitis and compression at multiple level which caused weakness and severe backpain radiating to lower limbs and was completely immobile. She had undergone many medical and surgical treatment in the past but wasn’t completely relieved. She is a very strong and cheerful lady who loves to listen to music and believes in hard work and miracles.

Once admitted she was under the care of SRCF team. Her daily routine activities were taken care by the attendant and nurses. Physiotherapy played a major role in her recovery. She was given physiotherapy session twice in a day. Physiotherapists focused on myotherapy, spine mobilization and manipulation. Stretching of the quadriceps and strengthening of the bilateral lower limbs. Within 3-4 months she was able to move her lower limbs and turn around in the bed. Today, she is at a point where she can stand up and walk on her own.

She has made a lot of progress since the time she was admitted back in 2017 and now ready to go home happily.

To know more or to visit our Assisted Old Age Home Facility: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380097015 / +91 9595157011

Activity Trackers for Senior Citizens

SRCF team along with AFMC has started a pilot project to tackle chronic diseases among the elderly in Ramtekdi slum.

Some months ago, a WHO questionnaire on Activity Levels and Participation Rates was conducted on the elders (>60) in Ramtekdi. We found a high incidence of Diabetes ( ~25%). Since diabetes causes numerous complications which are debilitating and expensive to treat, SRCF to proactively address this situation.

Since exercise is critical for diabetes management, we decided to encourage the participants in the study to exercise. We have given the participants, pedometers which help track the number of steps they take everyday. Also, since timely medications are very important, we have set up an sms reminder facility for the elders. In addition, every week the participants visit Anandchaya, our OPD center in Ramtekdi and we track the numbers of step and help the senior citizens plan their medicines intake using pill boxes. We aim to carry out this study for a period of 3 months and every fortnight the participants will be counseled and shown short films on various aspects of disease management – diet, exercise, wound care etc. We are aiming to reduce the HbA1C reading by at least one point and to measure the outcome, SRCF has carried out study and recording of the HbA1C reading at the start of the intervention. This will be repeated at the end of 3 months to measure the success of the impact. Further, SRCF has through its IT partner have developed data recording and management tools so the entire study will be largely paperless.

We aim to validate this intervention and replicate this across other slums in Pune.

For more information, please email us at hello@src.foundation or call on 83800 97015

Women’s Day Celebration at SRCF, Ramtekdi

  1. SRCF’s women celebrated International Women’s Day with women from the economically weaker sections of community who are staying in Ramtekdi on March 10, 2018.

Nearly 37 women gathered at Anandchaya between the age group of 20 to 60 years.
Games like musical chair and balloon fight were arranged and everyone participated with a lot of enthusiasm. Dr Swapnali gave health education on types of contraceptives.  Later for refreshments, tea was served. Also, Sanitary pads were distributed in order to encourage them to use them.

SRCF is a registered not for profit organization and to contribute please contact us on +91 9595157011 or email at hello@src.foundation

Republic Day celebrated at Akanksha Old Age Home

On the occasion of Republic Day, students from the secondary section of the Kalyani school visited Akanksha Old Age home, Pune.

The students spent quality time with all the elders at home. They sang National Anthem and patriotic songs and the best part was that the elders joined them too. They entertained them and played games like Dumb charades and Antakshari which brought precious smile on senior residents. In the 3 hours which they shared, they had made a special bond which I am sure had left a warm feeling in everyone’s hearts. Later, the students distributed flag-wristbands to all the elders and then refreshment were served.

The elders were overwhelmed seeing the loving and caring gestures of these students. We would like to thank them for this lovely gesture.

In case you wish to organize school visit to our centre so that young students can spend quality time with elders, please call us on +91 9595157011 or email at hello@src.foundation

Haldi Kumkum Ceremony at Ramtekdi, SRCF

Haldi kumkum ceremony was organized by SRCF women at SRCF’s Anandchaya center, Ramtekdi on 18th Jan 2018. It was a social gathering for women staying in the Ramtekdi slum area. The beneficiaries were all from economically weaker sections and senior citizens. Total 70 elders visited the center. The SRCF women exchanged haldi (turmeric) and kumkum (vermilion powder) and distributed Tb Neurobion forte 1 strip to all the elders.
The ceremony was a get-together and the main motive being to educate people with basic awareness about health and gifting medicine.

SRCF is a registered not for profit organization and to contribute please contact us on +91 9595157011 or email at hello@src.foundation

Haldi Kumkum Ceremony

Haldi kumkum ceremony was organised by SRCF women at SRCF’s Anandchaya centre, Ramtekdi on 18th Jan 2018. It was a social gathering for women staying in the Ramtekdi slum area. The beneficiaries were all from economically weaker sections and senior citizens. Total 70 elders visited the centre. The SRCF women exchanged haldi (turmeric) and kumkum (vermilion powder) and distributed Tb Neurobion forte 1 strip to all the elders.
The ceremony was a get-together and the main motive being to educate people with basic awareness about health and gifting medicine.

SRCF is a registered not for profit organization and to contribute please contact us on +91 9595157011 or email at hello@src.foundation

“Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu” – Musical Night at Akanksha Old Age Home, SRCF Baner

Mr Niranjan Gulvady, an retired IIT engineer and accomplished Harmonica player, spent an evening with our residents and team and brightened all our spirits.

He played old melodies, Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu; Chandani Raatein and so many other memorable melodies and transported all our residents to their youth. A night of music and nostalgia was nourished by a lovely spread of snacks, drinks and cake which everyone loved.

Some of the residents danced to the songs and some even got the opportunity to do a ball room dance on these evergreen songs – a welcome change for all!

Later in the evening, Sanctus’s young team took over and danced away to Zingat from the Marathi movie Sairat which capped the enjoyable evening.

Calling out to Musicians:

SRCF encourages young or old musicians, whether professional or amateurs to sing, play an instrument or dance at its Old Age Home in Baner.

In case you are interested to perform, and practice while doing good, give us a shout. Please call +91 9595157011 or email us at hello@ src.foundation

 

Christmas celebration at Old Age Home

Christmas season is here!

            Mr. Santha Kumar Deaver, a music teacher from ‘Good Samaritan School’ organized Christmas carols for senior citizens at SRCF’s old age home on 20th December 2017.

A group of 50 students visited old age home to celebrate the joy and peace of Christmas and sang melodious songs for them. The elders were very happy, overjoyed and cheered for the students and some even danced and sang with them. Christmas spirit was evident and showed within all the elders and youngsters alike.

Cakes and sweets were distributed to everyone. It was overwhelming to see elders face lit up with joy during these moments of Christmas Celebrations. Just like Santa’s gifts for children on Christmas Eve, this was a priceless gift from these students to our elders at Home.

 

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.