Mr. O. P Handa started developing dementia around four years ago; it slowly progressed since then. In June 2017, he accidentally fell and broke his femur; he is bedridden and needs help with activities of daily living (ADLs). Ms. Monika, Mr. Handa’s daughter decided to avail professional care from Life Circle because keeping her dad as comfortable as possible in the given situation was her goal.

Glimpse of a regular day- Some Memories to capture and treasure

Om Prakash (the caregiver) and Mr. Handa together perform simple activities like peeling green peas and tearing apart pieces of paper. Om Prakash peels one pea and Mr. Handa peels 4, explains Ms. Monika, she loves to capture these moments and treasures them. Making videos and reminiscing them later is another activity. Singing Punjabi songs and dancing to those beats is peerless. “He remembers a lot about the good old days; he has stories to share” remarks Ms. Monika.

Ms. Monika says- “Since we engaged with Life circle, he is occupied and active and that is all we want. We are happy.”

A beautiful bond

Om Prakash
While narrating his daily routine, Om Prakash smiles and says- “Hum dost hain, hamara naam bhi ek hai” (Sir and i are friends, we share the same name). They have stories to share. The fondness and affection between them is intangible. He is understanding and compassionate towards Mr. Handa.

There is a lot to learn from such an example of seamless caregiving on how to manage persons with dementia, to slow down the progression. The expenses incurred towards dementia care across the world is enormous. Mr. Handa’s case of taking care of the condition by availing professional care thereby embracing dementia management is paramount and can make a difference because “memories matter!!”

About the author

Aparajita
Aparajita, has a background in dentistry and has done a Masters in Public health from the EHESP- French school of public health. She has worked at organizations such as WHO(Geneva), URC- Eco(Paris), HandsOn Suburban Chicago & NWSRA(Chicago). Now she is working at Life Circle as the care coordination officer. She believes it’s best when career and passion come together. Her vision to bring some grass- roots level change through organized efforts gives her the drive to work. In her spare time, she loves moving around the city, exploring new places and making memories.

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