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.
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