A little progress each day adds up to BIG results

Mr Neeraj Wadkar* is a 74-year-old senior with a history of Mental Retardation, who was shifted to our Assisted Living Facility post discharge from a hospital. He came to us malnourished, with rib fractures, severe muscle contractures and muscle stiffness in both legs, and was under treatment for pulmonary embolism.

During his first few days at our Assisted Living Facility, Mr Wadkar was given time to familiarise himself with the facility, staff and routine. Since he had been a member of our Elder Day Care Centre, his transition was smooth and he adjusted easily to the team. At meal times, he would eat the food served without any particular food preferences or dislikes. Nutritious, dietician advised meals were served to him through the day. Liquid intake was also monitored, and over a period of 2 months, his weight increased by 2 kgs. At the time of admission, Mr Wadkar was unable to walk even with support. He could not stretch his legs straight, and his back was slightly stooped. Physiotherapy interventions were introduced to improve his mobility, range of movements and to strengthen both his upper and lower limbs. Mr Wadkar was also preoccupied with concerns about his sleep and had an increased dependency on his caretakers which resulted in his need to have a companion present with him at all times. He constantly wanted to hold someone’s hand, even while sleeping. To reduce his over-dependency, he was gradually weaned off the hand holding habit by giving him other objects to hold during interactions, and distracting him from his need to hold hands. He was also given tasks during the day to physically and cognitively tire him, to improve his night time sleeping.

Towards the end of his second month with us, Mr Wadkar showed signs of loss of power in his left hand and leg. He was evacuated immediately to the nearest hospital, where he was diagnosed with Chronic Subdural Haematoma, which was a side effect of the blood-thinning medicine being given to him for the treatment of pulmonary embolism. Post-discharge, physiotherapeutic interventions were carried out for restoring muscle power and improve the muscle functioning. Our Doctor was in regular contact with the treating physicians and made the necessary changes in the treatment plan as advised. The nurses regularly dressed the operative wound and dispensed medicines on time, which led to an uneventful and quick recovery.

Currently, Mr Wadkar is able to carry out all his activities of daily living with assistance and he is walking unaided. His need for constant companionship and over dependence on caretakers has reduced, and although he is still preoccupied about his sleep, his night time sleep has improved.

The above case highlights the need for more facilities that can look after people who need a higher level of care than can be provided at home and at the same time do not require hospitalisation, such as an assisted living facility.

*Name changed to maintain confidentiality

To know more or to visit our Assisted Living Facility: Email us on hello@src.foundation or call us on +91 8380087027.

Physiotherapy Day Care Program for special children

SRCF’s youngest beneficiary is a much adored 2.5 year old boy with Flaccid Cerebral Palsy and developmental delay. His parents enrolled him in our Physiotherapy Day Care program 2 months back. At that time he was unable to hold his head steady due to weakness in the neck muscles (Grade + 1). In addition, both his upper and lower limbs were also weak (Grade + 2).

Our team of experienced physiotherapists developed a therapy plan for him, with a blend of Stroking techniques, Myotherapy, strengthening exercises for the core muscles as well as bilateral upper and lower limbs, and proper body positioning strategies.

Currently, he is able to hold his head steady, maintain sitting position with support and has recently started standing with orthotics support, much to the delight of his parents and our in-house treatment team.

At SRCF, it is our constant endeavour to develop effective care and rehabilitation programs. The Physiotherapy Day Care Program for special children is one such initiative.

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

Smiles, laughter, fun and Djembes

Continuing with the monthly community activities, Team SRCF in collaboration with Taal Inc., conducted a Community Drum Circle for senior citizens on Saturday, 4th June.

The seniors’ were initially worried about never having played a musical instrument before and although excited, they were unsure about performing a new activity. But this worry and hesitation was quickly and expertly dispelled by the charming Anshu Kering, the Drum Circle facilitator for the evening. The senior’s took to her delightful manner, and once the ice was broken all that followed was music.

The seniors took to their djembes enthusiastically, following instructions with wide smiles across their faces, and giggles and laughter as companions. Their enthusiasm, vigour and enjoyment reaffirmed our faith in our work, and strengthened our resolve to bring more such interesting activities for our seniors.

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