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.

Physiotherapy Day Care Program for special children

SRCF’s youngest beneficiary is a much adored 2.5 year old boy with Flaccid Cerebral Palsy and developmental delay. His parents enrolled him in our Physiotherapy Day Care program 2 months back. At that time he was unable to hold his head steady due to weakness in the neck muscles (Grade + 1). In addition, both his upper and lower limbs were also weak (Grade + 2).

Our team of experienced physiotherapists developed a therapy plan for him, with a blend of Stroking techniques, Myotherapy, strengthening exercises for the core muscles as well as bilateral upper and lower limbs, and proper body positioning strategies.

Currently, he is able to hold his head steady, maintain sitting position with support and has recently started standing with orthotics support, much to the delight of his parents and our in-house treatment team.

At SRCF, it is our constant endeavour to develop effective care and rehabilitation programs. The Physiotherapy Day Care Program for special children is one such initiative.

To know more: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087035.

Smiles, laughter, fun and Djembes

Continuing with the monthly community activities, Team SRCF in collaboration with Taal Inc., conducted a Community Drum Circle for senior citizens on Saturday, 4th June.

The seniors’ were initially worried about never having played a musical instrument before and although excited, they were unsure about performing a new activity. But this worry and hesitation was quickly and expertly dispelled by the charming Anshu Kering, the Drum Circle facilitator for the evening. The senior’s took to her delightful manner, and once the ice was broken all that followed was music.

The seniors took to their djembes enthusiastically, following instructions with wide smiles across their faces, and giggles and laughter as companions. Their enthusiasm, vigour and enjoyment reaffirmed our faith in our work, and strengthened our resolve to bring more such interesting activities for our seniors.

To know more: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 9579357008.

Victory Arts Foundation For SRCF

Sanctus Rehabilitation Care Foundation (SRCF) along with Victory Arts Foundation, founded by Shiamak Davar, the world famous choreographer and dancer, through their Dance For Good Program, conducted a joint show for the day care residents of SRCF’s Waonworie, Centre on 20 February 2016.

This was a well attended and all our senior citizens friends and families had a good time. We hope to do more such shows in the future.

SRCF supports Persons with Dementia (PwD) at the Elder Day Care Center at Wanworie. Through an activities rich program, it seeks to create a supportive environment during the day. Such an approach is known to delay in the decline in the condition of PwD and is a well accepted approach globally.

Call us on 959515 7011/8380087035 to get more information or email SRCF on hello@src.foundation or see www.src.foundation

SRCF Impact: Great improvement in a 72 year old elder’s behavior.

Our Patient Story: A 72 year old resident of Viman Nagar, Pune joined SRCF’s Elder Day Care Centre on 07 Dec 2015. He was born in Karachi (Pakistan) in 1943 and shifted to India on partition. His mental development was improper since childhood as he has had a history of head injury.  Although, he is in good physical health and is able to take care of all his daily activities, he has problem of memory retention, recalling events, and often feels disoriented as regards time and place. He has problem of judgement and has limited problem solving skills. His relatives mentioned that he was unable to sleep at home at night even though he was on sedatives, once during the day and one before sleeping.

When he joined our centre, he was restless and complained of headache, flatulence and insomnia, all of which were psychosomatic in nature. This was affecting his diet. His family was unable to find what to feed him – everything seemed to cause more bothersome gas and headache.

After joining SRCF Elder Day Care Centre he was put through a creative use of physiotherapy equipment to treat his psychosomatic symptoms of headache, gas etc. Since joining, he has increased his exercise time to include stationary cycling and has commenced the weekly yoga session. He is eating better and is less worried about his symptoms which have reduced significantly.

The nursing and activities team engaged with him with simple jigsaw puzzles. His ability to do more complex puzzles has increased in the supportive environment at the center. He also spends some time on creative activities like using color pencils, crayons and is keen to show his art work to everyone.

He has become comfortable traveling every day to and fro to the center at Wanworie from Viman Nagar and over time, he has been able to increase the number of hours that he spends at the center.

His family members in consultation with his treating doctor stopped the afternoon dose of sedative so he is more alert and willing to participate in activities. He returns home every day, more peaceful and willing to sleep. He has started sleeping well through the night.

Team SRCF is happy that his family also get rest during the day and are able to pursue their own interests. They too now sleep peacefully along with the patient through the night, something that had become a distant memory.

If you know a person who could benefit from the services we offer, or if you have someone at who who need some support, please contact us: Call us at +91 9595 15 7011 Or Send us a email with your contact details at hello@src.foundation