Life Circle held the convocation for its first batch of Geriatric Caregivers this month. The company also gave away Annual Caregiver Excellence Awards during the event which was held at T-Hub.
Why we celebrate caregiver performance?
Caregiving for seniors is a very demanding job that requires skills, compassion and the willingness to work hard. In the face of difficulties faced by most of the seniors they serve, caregivers who keep a cheerful demeanour and bring in a sense of joy and calmness to the situation are the ones that have come out most successful in this profession. A positive caregiver outlook is essential to aid recovery, and provide peace of mind for the senior and the family.
Batch 1 Caregivers
Geriatric caregiving is a specialized job. It is a job that is often performed by women who are academically not very qualified. Many of them belong to poor families. Their work is often not noticed, let alone rewarded. Hence, Life Circle conducts these events to honour these workers who provide valuable service to society. It is their dedication that provides solace and dignity to elders. Caregivers need to know the value of their services. For Life Circle’s first batch of trainees which consist of many school dropouts, the training and the ensuing recognition are also an academic achievement of sorts for them. The graduation of the first batch of students is a celebration not only for these girls, but also for Life Circle and its partners.
Partners and Supporting Organizations
Shashidhar, General Manager, Asha Hospital, and Co- Founder of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India, Hyderabad Deccan (ARDSI), Ms. Bala Tripura Sundari, Co- Founder and Volunteer at ARDSI, Hyderabad Deccan, Ms. Sarmistha Dutta from Numaligarh Refinery Limited, Assam and Dr. P.V Sarada, an educationist were the key guests at the function.
Priya Anant addressing the audience
Priya Anant, Director of Life Circle, provided an overview of the training programme and welcomed the graduating caregivers into the profession. She congratulated the award-winning caregivers whose work has been instrumental in the growth of Life Circle. Anant Kumar, the CEO, welcomed all guests and the Life Circle team.
Geriatric Caregiver Training
Dr P.V Sarada – an educationist
Life Circle, in collaboration with Numaligarh Refineries, trains young people from low-income households to become geriatric caregivers. Most of them are girls and school dropouts. Life Circle is an Associate of the Health Sector Skills Council. The company follows the curriculum prescribed by the sector skills council. The curriculum has integrated best practices from Life Circle’s French partner, Groupe SOS. P.V.Sarada, a passionate educationist, was instrumental in conceptualising and developing the course content for the training. She spoke about her experiences with making the course interesting and practical. Congratulating both the newly graduated caregivers and the award winners on their achievements, she wished all caregivers a meaningful and satisfying career.
Sarmistha Dutta, from NRL, gave away certificates to students who successfully completed the training. In her address to the audience, she commended the grit and determination with which the newly inducted caregivers and other caregivers from Life Circle stepped out of their comfort zones to embrace the noble profession of caregiving. She mentioned Florence Nightingale and called upon the caregivers to imbibe the spirit of care and compassion in caregiving. She also encouraged them to add more value to the work they performed.
Caregiver Excellence Awards Ceremony
Rinki Mallick receiving an award from Mr Shashidhar
Shashidhar gave away certificates and gifts to caregivers for their exemplary performance in the academic year that went by.
In his address to the audience, he spoke about caregiving as a career choice. He mentioned that this profession will only see an upward trend in the coming years with the changing social milieu and population structures. Furthermore, he emphasised the fact that caregiving is tough and urged caregivers to take care of themselves when faced with challenging situations at work. He recommended that they find ways to maintain a sense of humour.
Bala Tripura Sundari who also spoke on the occasion emphasised the significance of care-giving as a service to society and an opportunity to earn goodwill. She also stressed on the importance of self-care because caregiving can be mentally and physically draining.
Life Circle’s bubbly and talented caregivers entertained everyone with their graceful dance performances inspired by Assamese folk music and Bollywood numbers. The attendees carried fond memories of the evening. Life Circle aspires for this evening to be a reinforcement of their belief that the work that caregivers perform is essential to our society and caregiving is a dignified livelihood option for the youth.
About the author
Madhumita is a familial caregiver to her mother-in-law who lives with dementia and a full-time mom of a bubbly 3-year-old. She meets and interacts with Life Circle’s clients to understand various aspects of Geriatric care and care needs with the aim of serving our clients in a better way.