“Time is Brain”

What is a Stroke: A stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is cut off due to blockage or bursting blood vessel. Without blood supply, brain cells are destroyed. It is a medical emergency and needs immediate attention!

 

Common Risk Factors include high BP, cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smoking, no exercise and excessive alcohol

Warning Signs of Stroke include:

Difficulty in speaking: Ask the patient to repeat the phrase “You can’t teach old dog new tricks.”  If s/he slurs or is unable to repeat, then s/he likely having a stroke
Sudden numbness or weakness of the body, especially on one side.  Ask patient to extend both arms (palms up) for 10 seconds. If one arm drifts downward, it could be a stroke

  •         Droopy face with sagging of one side of face
  •         Sudden dizziness or loss of balance
  •         Sudden vision changes, difficulty in understanding others etc

 

Don’t ignore stroke warning signs . Call EMERGENCY medical services.

 

For post hospitalization stroke patient care and rehabilitation at home in Pune, call SRCF Elder Day Care & Training Center on +91 9595 15 7011 or email hello@src.foundation  

“Out of Bed”

A stroke which leaves a patient partially or fully paralysed is one of the most distressing experiences for the patient and family.
Right after emergency care is given and the patient stabilizes, the long road to rehabilitation begins. While rehabilitation of a stroke patient involves different specialized healthcare professionals, physiotherapy is the most critical.
Passive range of motion exercises are given to the paralysed parts to prevent contracture (shortening of muscles). Early mobilization also reduces risks of other complications such as thrombosis, pneumonia among others. Passive mobilization quickly progresses to active participation by the patient in exercises.
While managing a stroke rehabilitation patient, one has to have realistic goals. Achieving positive outcomes in the shortest possible time especially independence in performing activities of daily living such as cleaning oneself, bathing is dependent on the patient’s own effort and family’s support. Of course, a committed physiotherapist is critical to this recovery process.
Sanctus Healthcare provides multidisciplinary care and exclusive physiotherapy for post stroke rehabilitation patients. Call on 9595957003 and/or email on hello@src.foundation. See www.src.foundation for more information.

Bed Sores can be fatal!

Bed Sores can be fatal! Bedsores are damaged skin and tissue that develop when sustained pressure usually from a bed or wheelchair cuts off blood supply to the skin on buttocks, hips and heels causing the affected tissue to die.

Causes: – Compression, friction of skin and tissues against bones

Risk Factors: – Immobility, old age, incontinence of urine, stool, poor nutrition, paralytic conditions

Prevention is the best cure!

Inspect skin twice a day, paying attention to spine, tailbone and other bony places. Clean the skin with salt-water solution. Apply moisturizer.

Redness /discoloration of skin are early indications of bedsore.

Change the patient’s position every 30 minutes when in a wheelchair and every two hours when the patient is bedridden

Ensure good nutrition with enough calories, protein

Pressure relief equipment such as air mattresses may help

Call your doctor when a sore has developed!

Need Help? Call SRCF Elder Day Care & Training Center, Pune on 9595957003 or email hello@src.foundation

SRCF starts an Elder Day Care Center

We have started work on an Elder Day Care Center to change the way Dementia patients are being managed today. For our elders, we seek to create a happy environment through group and individual interventions. We will start accepting requests for support in September 2015

SRCF has commenced work with TISS

As part of the expanded geriatric care program, SRCF has commenced work with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to do the first of its kind social and medical survey of elders in an Urban Slum in Pune to determine the possible interventions: preventive health, food &nutrition supplements etc. We expect to have the survey completed inthe next few months when we will share the highlights widely