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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Home is the nicest word there is

There is a saying that home is heaven for the beginners. After all, in spite of staying in the best resorts, across different cities/countries, all of us yearn the familiarity and comfort of our homes, modest as they may be. And this longing is stronger when one is in the hospital. People with chronic illnesses, look forward to returning to the warmth of their homes at the earliest. SRCF strives to fulfil this wish.

SRCF provides Home Care Nursing Services to individuals with short term and long term medical care needs. Our staff is trained and experienced in monitoring vitals, conducting basic geriatric exercises for muscle strengthening and co-ordination, assisting elders in activities of daily living, medication management, providing companionship needs, bed sore management, and are also trained in basic life support, in case of any emergency.

One of the most common and important issue dealt by our staff is the prevention and management of Bed Sores. Prevention strategies, followed by our staff, involve regular scheduled change of position, maintaining the patient’s hygiene and keeping them clean and dry. For managing Bed Sores, our staff carries out proper cleaning and dressing of the wounds with medicated solutions as advised by Doctors to alleviate the patient’s pain and speed up the recovery process.

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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.

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Memories – Return tickets to moments long gone

Memories are a beautiful thing. They let us relive a million feelings, a thousand thoughts, our childhood, and our youth. They are a way for us to hold onto things we love and the things we never want to lose. We are able to remember and cherish most of our ‘firsts’ thanks to them – our first friend, pet, salary, car, love. The day we graduated, got married, had kids, saw them get married, etc., are moments we will cherish till the end. They also help us feel the love and warmth of our dear ones, no longer with us.

These memories, which we consider a blessing and take for granted, are exactly what Persons with Dementia (PwDs) start losing. A neuro-degenerative disease, Dementia affects the memory of the PwDs, robbing them of moments they once held close to their hearts.

The month of September is celebrated globally as ‘World Alzheimer’s Month’ to create awareness in public about Dementia and to fight the stigma related to it. To address these very same issues, SRCF has started an Elder Dementia Day Care Centre at Wanowarie, in Pune.

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The best thing about Memories is making them

Dr. David Perlmutter, an American Neurologist, has stated Dementia to be our most feared illness, more than heart disease or cancer. This is because Dementia, a neuro-degenerative disease, affects the person’s memory, language and thinking.

The loss of memory coupled with deficits in language and thinking, result in confusion and irritability for the PwD. This is distressing for the PwDs and their caregivers as well. The caregivers find it difficult to communicate and relate to the PwD. But there are a number of ways to engage the PwDs in interactive activities.

Like Simon McDermott found for his father. Ted McDermott, a keen singer and a PwD, is found to come “back in the room”, whenever songs from his era are played. He sings along his favourite songs, and his son accompanies him, enjoying every moment of creating new memories with his father (Read more at – http://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/son-sings-carpool-karaoke-style-with-dad-who-has-alzheimers-for-charity_us_57b205fce4b069e7e506227c).

Different such innovative approaches are employed in our Dementia Day Care Program to increase interaction of the PwDs.

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‘Different’ is a word that describes all children

The city of Los Angeles hosted the Special Olympic World Summer Games in 2015. The Indian contingent garnered 173 medals, with 47 gold, 54 silver and 72 bronze medals, bringing India to 3rd rank in medal tally, behind USA and China.

This impressive performance by our differently abled has made everyone sit up and take note of what Albert Einstein had once said – most people see what is, and never see what can be. The athletes didn’t see themselves as disadvantaged. They only worked hard and gave their best.

Understanding that some children require specialized physiotherapy services for improving their gait pattern, balance, core stability, and muscle strength, SRCF has started a dedicated Paediatric Physiotherapy Service at the Wanowarie Centre.

The Paediatric Physiotherapy team comprises of trained and experienced Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapist, and Speech Therapist. The Centre is also fully equipped with CP chair, balance and scooter board, ball park, ladders with slide, suspension therapy, nested tables, beach balls, modified table and chair, pedo-cycle, balance beam, trampoline, and other equipment for mentally stimulating activities.

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Dream it, Wish it, DO IT.

We are delighted to announce the start of our Home Physiotherapy services in Ramtekdi, an Urban Slum in Hadapsar, Pune.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducted a survey of the social and healthcare needs of 500 elders from the Ramtekdi community. Majority of these senior citizens are at or below poverty line. Over 50% were found to have Osteoarthritis of the knee, with pain and swelling, crepitus, difficulty in walking, and restricted range of movements. Cervical Spondylitis is another common problem, with the seniors complaining of neck muscle spasms, difficulty in neck movements, and tingling in hands.

Team SRCF has taken one step forward towards realizing its dream of providing quality health care services to seniors from the economically weaker sections at affordable costs.

SRCF is planning various other such interventions at Ramtekdi, for the benefit of the seniors residing in the Community.

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It’s not about you or me but US

There is a saying, ‘To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honours’ and we at SRCF are fortunate and grateful to be able to do that on a daily basis. At SRCF, we have an Elder Day Care Centre for seniors with Dementia. We also provide home nursing and physiotherapy services. Moreover, we also conduct medical camps free of cost in different societies, with the idea that if seniors can’t come to our Centre, at least the services can be provided to their doorstep.

SRCF believes that all seniors deserve to be treated right. In addition, according to a survey conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, that identified 500 seniors in the Ramtekdi community, a number of alarming details related to the seniors’ health and lifestyle came forward.

Accordingly, SRCF conducted a free medical camp for seniors of the economically disadvantaged Ramtekdi Community. A total of 120 locals attended the camp, of which 36 were senior citizens. Malnutrition, Diabetes, Hypertension and Osteoarthritis were commonly noted among the seniors, along with Ophthalmological and Dental issues.

Considering the needs of the Ramtekdi community, SRCF in collaboration with a leading hospital from Pune, is planning various medical, physical, nutritional and psychosocial interventions for the senior citizens of the community.

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It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark

Technology, Education and Digital Talks, more commonly known as TED Talks, are famous all over world for their mission of spreading ideas that could change the world. The talks cover almost all the topics under the sun, including Dementia of the Alzheimer’s type.

In June 2012, a fellow TED speaker, Alanna Shaikh, spoke about how she was preparing to get Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). A neurodegenerative disease, AD causes problems in thinking, communication and memory and gradually affects the daily functioning of the individual. Alanna spoke about her father’s 12 year journey with AD, and also spoke about how she plans not to only to prevent herself from getting it, but to go a step further and prepare herself for getting it.

Following leading research, she has started focussing on improving her physical health, to combat gait and mobility issues she could face in the future as a result of AD. She has also started cultivating hands on activities as hobbies (such as knitting and origami) to get her hands familiar to the activities, so that in case she does get AD, she will have hobbies to fall back on and keep herself busy (Read more at https://www.ted.com/talks/alanna_shaikh_how_i_m_preparing_to_get_alzheimer_s?language=en#t-363732).

At our Elder Day Care Centre in Wanowarie, recreational activities and physical therapy activities form 2 of the pillars of our intervention programs designed for our elders with Dementia.

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Just the way you are… With Multiple Sclerosis and all

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease, which causes an individual’s immune system to mistakenly attack healthy parts of one’s own brain or spinal cord. This causes a disruption in the message flow along the nerves. MS has a broad presentation of symptoms, ranging from vision problems, gait issues, to numbness/tingling, muscle stiffness/spasms, fatigue, and balance co-ordination issues.

MS can be remitting, relapsing or progressive in nature. Usually diagnosed in the 20s and 30s, it creates dependency in the individual’s prime. Fortunately, only a very small percentage of individuals with MS become severely disabled. The caregivers, in their effort to look after the needs of their loved ones, become so absorbed that they are left with no time to cherish the individual.

Last month, Carl Gilbertson from Liverpool, England, organized a flash mob choir, to tell Laura, his wife with Multiple Sclerosis, that she was amazing just the way she was (Read more at http://www.today.com/news/husband-plans-unforgettable-flash-mob-surprise-wife-who-has-ms-t101311).

To help caregivers in their task of caring for their loved ones with MS, SRCF provides home nursing services. The trained and experienced staff take over the daily activities of the individual, so that the family can focus on the most important aspect in the caring process – celebrating their loved one.

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