“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

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

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

 

 

 

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.