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.

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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.

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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.
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It’s a beautiful glass

Ageing is a universal process and truth. From humans and animals to trees and flowers, we all age. However it is our perspective that makes us look at a building, either as a ruin or a heritage site.

Human beings are driven by different purposes at various stages of their life. According to noted Psychologist Erik Erikson, the seniors in their golden years review their lives to find meaning. They assume the role of ‘guru’, who impart their years of wisdom to the next generations. Most of us can recall advises and some important truths of life handed down to us by the elders in our families.

Since elders find meaning in their lives by imparting their hard earned experiential knowledge, younger members of the family should make efforts to include them in the decision making process, and not just tell them the decisions. We need to change our perspective on ageing and the aged. They should be viewed as assets and not as liabilities.

A grandfather settled the age old debate on ‘a glass half full or half empty’ by pointing out to his grandson what was important – the glass being beautiful (Watch the video at https://www.facebook.com/Upworthy/videos/1444564368917750/).

To help families take better care of their elders, SRCF provides several services for the elderly including Day Care services, Home nursing services and Physiotherapy services.
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October is all about Pink!

October is celebrated as Breast Cancer awareness month for spreading awareness and promoting early identification measures. There are different kinds of Breast Cancer, and they can be benign or malignant.

The symptoms of Breast Cancer range from a lump in breasts, pain in armpits or breast not related to menstrual period, a rash or swelling around the nipples or the armpits, to change the appearance of nipples and size and shape of breasts, amongst others symptoms.

A diagnosis of Breast Cancer is made by physical examination of the breast, mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy, MRI of the breast, etc. Depending on the type, stage and grade of the Breast Cancer, including the patient’s health, age, and preference, the treatment ranges from Radiation therapy, Surgery, Biological therapy, Hormone therapy, to Chemotherapy.

Post-surgery, some individuals may find difficulties in performing arm movements, with reduced range of motion of the shoulder of the affected side and lymphedema being common complications seen. They may also become afraid to breathe or may become depressed regarding their physical appearance. Thus, a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation intervention is an important facet of the treatment.

At our Wanowarie Centre, our team comprising Doctor, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Psychologist offer a holistic approach to the management of individuals with post-operative Mastectomy.

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Ability is greater than Disability

Deepa Malik has become a household name after winning a Silver medal, in Shot Put, in the ongoing Paralympics. Smashing all stereotypes, she has stormed ahead and silenced all those who doubted her “ability”. She has come a long way since 1999 when she became confined to a wheelchair due to spinal tumours. Her constant partner in this journey has been her grit and determination, which at 46 years of age, made her the oldest athlete in the Indian contingent to win a medal in Paralympics. Physiotherapy played a major part in Deepa’s rehabilitation.

SRCF offers Physiotherapy services through its Centre or home-based services. In cases of Paraplegia, our Physiotherapists offer a wide spectrum of services ranging from Manual Therapy which includes passive movement exercises to improve muscle tone, active assisted exercises to support a range of motion of joints, along with strengthening and core exercises, and gait and balance training.

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Parents – Our North Star

With the festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi currently ongoing, there are numerous recitations of stories about Lord Ganesha’s wisdom and intelligence. An all-time favourite story recounts a race between Ganesha and his older brother, Kartikeya, three times around the World. While Kartikeya sped off on his peacock to complete the task, Ganesha quietly circled thrice around his parents, and stated that his parents were his entire Universe.

As we grow older and stronger, our Universe expands, and we forget that our parents are also growing older and weaker. We usually emphasise on health related issues but end up ignoring home safety measures, which can aid in ageing safely at home. Conditions such as poor eyesight, impaired mobility, Arthritis, etc., are some of the conditions that should make one think of making modifications to our seniors’ homes.

Good and easy access lighting, rearrangement of furniture and removal of wires/cords from common walking areas, removal of unsecured carpets/rugs, placement of non-skid rubber mats and sturdy grab rails in the bathrooms, are some simple modifications that can be done at nominal costs to reduce risk of falls and increase seniors’ functionality.

To further increase the senior’s range of movements and mobility, SRCF provides physiotherapy sessions to Senior Citizens across Pune, either through home visits or at the Elder Day Care Centre at Wanowarie.

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