Small, simple but SIGNIFICANT

English author A.A. Milne made an astute observation – ‘Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart’. It is the small things in everyday life that put a smile on our faces – a hot cup of tea, fresh sheets on the bed, a good book to read, a smile from a passerby. Although small, they have the power to steer our day from being bad to good.

As an organisation, working in elder care, we have always endeavoured to add value to our seniors’ lives, in all ways possible. Experience has taught us, that wishes seeming small and minor, hold a much greater and deeper meaning/significance for the elders.

At our Old Age Home in Baner, Pune, we consider no request as trivial or insignificant, and always attempt to fulfil the needs of our residents. One of our residents enjoys his morning and evening walks, however, he is unable to venture out independently due to his own fear of falling. By assigning an attendant to accompany him on his walks, our resident feels a lot more confident and able. He also loves drinking tea, and if he could have his way, he would replace all his meals with tea. Although none of us at the Old Age Home wish to deny him this simple pleasure or prevent him from exercising his right to choose, we are concerned about the effect of so much tea on his health. By moderating the quantity of tea per serving we assuaged our own concerns regarding our resident’s health, while at the same time we honour, value and fulfil his request for a cup of tea every time, all the time.

To know more about our Old Age Home: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087027.

Less House, More Home

Early this year, SRCF started working on establishing an Old Age Home & Assisted Living facility in Baner in Pune. We customised an apartment block to accommodate up to 36 residents with each flat made to cater to the needs of elderly.

As a full-service facility managed by a professional team with compassion, we believe we have created that right mix of so many things which makes any place, a home and not just a house.

We are well on the way to create a diverse collection of books for our library and a small area for audiovisual entertainment to keep our residents engaged and happy.

SRCF began accepting admissions to its Old Age Home in late March, and we are happy to report that we already have 10 residents at our Facility who have been referred to our Old Age Home.

To know more: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087027.

See the ABLE, not the Label

Dutch inspirational speaker, Alexander Den Heijer, has aptly pointed out that “When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower”. Endeavouring to sensitise our communities to children with special needs, SRCF organised a colouring event – Rang Kala, on Sunday 23/04/2017, for children with special needs at our Physiotherapy and Special Children Rehabilitation Centre, in Jambhulkar Centre.

47 enthusiastic children and their equally spirited parents turned up at the Centre on Sunday morning and filled it with colours, fun, and laughter. The children showed their versatility in creativity through their colouring, dancing, and musical skills. One of the participants even demonstrated different yoga poses beneficial to children and adults alike. All the children were awarded a certificate of excellence for their unparalleled talent.

SRCF would like to thank all our participants and their parents for allowing us to glimpse and experience their loving, vibrant and warm spirit.

To organise similar events in your community email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087035 / +91 8380087042.

    

Every child is an artist – Picasso

While promoting rights for women Malala Yousafzai had famously stated, ‘We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back’. The same words stand true for children with disabilities. Considering the paucity of platforms available to them, SRCF is pleased to organise ‘Rang-Kala’, a colouring event for our children with disabilities at its Physiotherapy and Special Children Rehabilitation Centre in Wanowarie.

Open to children between the ages of 3 and 15 years, SRCF will be providing all material for the event to be held on Sunday, 23/04/2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. To make the event accessible to maximum children, SRCF has waived registration charges and requests all parents/guardians to register their children for the event by 20/04/2017.

To register your child or know more email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +918380087035 / +91 8380087042.

Come and be inspired to be a special kind of person, through our children with special needs.

Making Smiles Signature Accessories

On March 21st, SRCF launched its Dental Unit, a first of its kind dental services for the residents of Ramtekdi which is an urban slum, near Hadapsar Pune. The inauguration received a warm response from the community and is a welcome addition to Anand Chhaya, our medical services centre in the slum. The Dental Unit builds on existing Medical OPD and Physiotherapy OPD services which are already being offered.

As per the survey conducted by SRCF in association with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, 37% of elders have dental problems.
Anand Chhaya’s Dental Unit has all the necessary equipment required to address most common dental procedures such as root canals, scaling, filling, extractions, crowns, bridges and dentures. Under an arrangement with AFMC’s Dental Department, which is close by, complex cases will be referred to them and will be treated for free.

On Sunday, March 26th, SRCF held a dental camp to create awareness about its dental services at Anand Chhaya. To promote SRCF’s view that it is not dentistry that is expensive but neglect, the consultation charge was kept at a most affordable INR 10 per consultation. 77 residents of all ages attended the camp.

To volunteer your services or to partner with us, email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087045.

Because tomorrow needs her

There is a saying, ‘when the queen is happy there is peace in the kingdom’. However, we believe that ‘when the queen is healthy and happy only then can there be peace and prosperity in the kingdom’. So SRCF found no better day than 08th March, International Women’s Day, to conduct a health camp for the women of Ramtekdi community, focussing on Breast Cancer and Anaemia.

Senior Gynaecologist Dr Gupta conducted a talk on Breast Cancer and a group session for women, wherein they were taught different methods to screen themselves for Breast Cancer. The women were later on examined by Dr Gupta as well.

45 women from the community took the Haemogram test, which was offered at reduced rates. The result of the tests revealed 8 women to be anaemic, with a Haemoglobin (Hb) count ranging between 7 and 9.

SRCF is planning to conduct a group session for these women in end of March, to educate them about Anaemia and the different ways to improve their Hb count. We are working on identifying partners who can support SRCF’s efforts to reduce the incidence and severity of Anaemia in the community.

To volunteer your services or to partner with us, email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087045.

When it comes to health, there is no ‘them’ only ‘US’

As an organization, we strongly believe that all individuals, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or economic status, should have access to the best possible medical care. In keeping with this belief, we established ‘Anand Chhaya’ – a medical facility in Ramtekdi, Pune which is one of the largest slums in Pune.

Over the past two months, we have supported the residents by extending Medical and Physiotherapy services at our Facility as well as at their homes.

We constantly endeavour to reach out to the largest number of people not only for treatment purposes but also for spreading awareness about different health conditions.

In January of this year, we conducted a health camp to create awareness about the importance of physio-therapeutic interventions and exercises in managing chronic orthopaedic ailments such as Arthritis, Frozen shoulder, etc.

In February, we held a medical camp to address problems related to Diabetes and Hypertension. The team focussed on creating awareness about the common yet life impacting medical conditions, their early identification and effective management to avoid further complications. The camp was attended by 83 residents of the community, showing their active participation in improving their community’s health on the whole.

On International Woman’s Day, next week, our team is working towards assessing overall health of women in the community with a focus on Diabetes, Anaemia and Breast Cancer.

If you would like SRCF to conduct health camps in your community of choice, please feel free to contact us.

​Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087045.

A New Year, New Dream, New Approach

Since its inception SRCF has worked towards supporting dependent individuals and the aged to meet their physical, medical, social and emotional needs, be it at their home or at our Pune Centre. Responding to changing needs of people, SRCF added Day Care Services last year.

SRCF is now pleased to announce that we are starting a 24 hours Old Age Home and Assisted Living Facility at Baner, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

This service will be useful for a wide range of people, including healthy and independent elders looking for a supportive environment to enjoy their retired lives; seniors requiring some assistance with their activities of daily living, and individuals requiring a higher level of medical care and daily living support than might be possible to provide at home. Our Day Care Services will continue to be provided at this Centre.

Care for residents will be provided by a qualified team of staff doctor, nurses, attendants and rehabilitative professionals – physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists who will help residents holistically. This facility is in an independent building, with three floors and a lift. There is ample space for activities, recreation and community events. It is centrally located with ease of access to Pune City and Mumbai – Pune Highway.

We would like to thank Tata Trusts for their continued support in our efforts.

To know more: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087027.

This is where the fun stuff happens

Albert Einstein once said that Play is the highest form of research, and he couldn’t be more right. Often looked upon by parents and other adults as a means to pass time, Play is of paramount importance in the motor, social, cognitive and emotional development of the child.

From repeating muscular movements, incorporating objects in play, to using imagination, and following rules and penalties in a formal structured game, children require different cognitive efforts. This is why we can amuse and engage a 10 months old baby in a game of peek-a-boo, while a 10 year old needs a more complex game.

Working with children with special needs, we have found Play to be an important and useful intervention technique. It can be used with children with Autism, Learning Disability (LD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Mental Retardation, etc. From helping the therapist establish a rapport to engaging the child into performing different expected occupational roles in a fun and purposeful manner, Play is an indispensable technique.

Our Occupational Therapist frequently employs Play in her sessions while dealing with children with special needs. It can be used to improve social reciprocity in children with Autism, cognition in those with LD, physical strength, grasp/prehension patterns and eye hand co-ordination in children with CP, etc.

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

No one has ever become poor by giving

All work done by SRCF is driven by its vision to provide individuals with the best possible supervised, personalized and appropriate care, in order to restore optimal health, independence, dignity and quality of life, while making health care accessible to all. Working with this vision, SRCF started “Anand Chhaya”, a healthcare facility in the Ramtekdi community.

Besides providing medical services, SRCF is also working towards helping the community seniors procure monthly pensions. Under Pune Municipal Corporation’s Mata Ramai Bhimrao Ambedkar Scheme, seniors receive a monthly pension of Rs. 1000/-, while under the Central Government’s Shravanbal Seva Rajya Nivritti Vetan Yojana, seniors receive a monthly pension of Rs. 600/-. Since many seniors are unaware of these schemes or the process for registering themselves, SRCF is assisting them in procuring the required documents and filling the forms.

There are around 1500 elders residing in the Ramtekdi community, 500 of whom have already been identified by SRCF. Documentation procedure for 106 seniors has already been completed, with SRCF aiming to cover all 500 by December 2017. Although Rs. 1000/- may sound like a small amount to most of us, but it has vast implications for the seniors and the community.

Once the disbursal of the pension begins, the seniors will have a fixed amount of money at their disposal on a monthly basis without having to depend on their families. They could use the money for their medical needs and not ignore their health. Moreover, on a larger scale there would be an increase in the amount of money coming in the Ramtekdi community, which would not only boost the local businesses but also improve the living standards of the locals.

To donate in kind, funds or your time: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 9579357008.