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.

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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.

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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.

Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation

As the year 2016 draws to a close, SRCF inaugurated its Senior Citizen Outpost Centre, “Anand Chhaya” in Ramtekdi for the elders of the community. The Centre is currently offering General Medicine OPD and Physiotherapy services and will soon be offering Dental services to the residents as well.

Ramtekdi community has over 1000 elders. In November of 2015, SRCF with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducted a survey on 500 elders of the community. The survey found 52% of the seniors to have Arthritis, 37% to have dental issues, 20% to have Blood Pressure and another 20% to have diabetes among other conditions.

In view of these alarming numbers, SRCF undertook the task of taking healthcare to the seniors ‘ doorstep and establishing a Medical Centre in the locality, for the benefit of the entire community. “Anand Chhaya” will provide health care services to the seniors at subsidized rates, so that neither the families nor the seniors themselves neglect their health.

The inauguration was met with a resounding response. More than 300 residents of the community attended the event, and the first day saw 65 elders registering for the services.

“Anand Chhaya” is not only the result of the effort put in by the members of the SRCF family but also the result of the kindness of people who shared our dream and donated to the cause. We thank each and every donor for helping us realize our dream.

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

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

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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The heart that gives, gathers

Team SRCF was honoured to be provided with an opportunity to continue with our mission of providing quality care to seniors across varied socio-economic status by Tata Motors, who invited us to conduct a medical camp for the residents of an Old Age Home near Kamshet, this Sunday.

Most of the residents at the home were destitute and abandoned seniors, a majority of whom had subnormal intelligence. They had no place to go and no means to feed or take care of themselves with. This was evident in their health and appearance. Our Nursing Supervisor, Sub. (Retd.) O. P. Singh, took it upon himself to clean and dress infectious wounds of the residents, and even demonstrated and explained the procedure to the attendants.

Interacting with the residents, initially angered us at the apathy of their families. However, the anger did not last long in front of the seniors’ love for talking. The residents sought our team members to talk either about their homes and families or about their needs. The needs ranged from a simple notebook and pen to write in and keep oneself occupied with, to basic sewing instruments including buttons.

Located far from the city hustle, in a picturesque environment, the residents were sadly found to lack appropriate clothing, with most of them shivering post the unexpected morning rain. The residents were also found to have limited clothes, and almost absent footwear.

With the festivities of ongoing Navratri, and the upcoming festivals of Dussehra and Diwali right around the corner, SRCF requests you to consider these residents for your generosity.

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

Touching hands, hearts, and minds

There is a saying that a physiotherapist will teach you to walk while an Occupational Therapist will help you put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away. And this is the most accurate description for Occupational Therapy (OT). It involves helping people live more independent and productive lives by incorporating meaningful activities to promote participation in everyday life, thereby improving the individual’s quality of life.

Occupational Therapists work with Senior Citizens to promote self-reliance among them by helping them overcome/compensate for their problems, preventing falls, making modifications in the home environment and working with their caregivers.

Our Occupational Therapist works with elders with diverse conditions ranging from Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease to Hemiplegia and Post Stroke conditions by focusing on what the seniors ‘’can do’’, and employ various cognitive and sensory techniques, including postural and gait training, and behaviour training in their treatment plan for the seniors.

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Not all treasure is Silver and Gold

According to a Chinese proverb, ‘If a family has an old person in it, it possesses a jewel’. However, most families are unable to look after their elders. Hectic work schedules, relocation, looking after their own families are some of the reasons why children are unable to provide their seniors with the kind of support and time that the latter requires. For some seniors, many days pass before they interact with anyone. Thus, SRCF envisioned a Community driven Senior Citizen Care Program with an underlying belief that the communities must support their seniors.

SRCF has tied up with Salunke Vihar Society and has started a Senior Citizen Care Program for its residents. Already in its first phase, SRCF has identified seniors who will benefit the most from this program and will provide monthly medical check-ups (including vital monitoring, systemic examination), besides assessing safety standards, providing health education, setting up an emergency plan, and advise accordingly. Regular monitoring can help prevent future emergencies and reduce worsening of existing medical conditions.

To know more about the Senior Citizen Care Program or to introduce it in your housing society, Email us: on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 9579357008.

Remember Me

Shakespeare once wrote, “What’s in a name?” but Kelly Gunderson would argue against it. Kelly’s 87-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s Disease, a neurodegenerative and progressive condition that affects memory, language and thinking abilities. A video showing her mother recognizing Kelly and calling her name out shows the unadulterated joy that all caregivers and families of Persons with Dementia (PwDs) will relate to (Watch the video and read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/alzheimers-mother-daughter_n_5752676).

September 21st is celebrated globally as World Alzheimer’s Day, with a mission to increase awareness about the illness, reduce stigma and improve the quality of life for PwDs. This year’s theme for World Alzheimer’s Month is “Remember Me”, an apt theme considering how loved ones and caregivers treasure each and every moment they share with their PwDs.

SRCF understands the value of these memories and attempts to increase these through its Dementia Day Care Centre at Wanowarie. Recreational, Cognitive, and Social activities are designed for the PwDs to stall the progression of the illness so that they can create many more memories with their families.

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