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.”
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!!”