20 year old Ranjucheek Bariak – a professional caregiver from Life Circle has been working at Life Circle for two and a half years during which she has been a caregiver for 2 dementia patients.
Ranju with Ms. Sheila
Caring for Mrs. Anup Jain
The patient she previously cared for – Mrs. Anup Jain, 81 years, had a hip fracture, was living with mid-stage dementia and eventually passed away recently. Dr. Anunaya Jain, the grandson of Anup Jain tells us how engaging a professional caregiver for his grandmother made all the difference to their family.
“She was immobile, had lot of pain and it got to a level where she lost interest in everything. Ranju, her day-time caregiver was able to get her out of the house, take her for strolls in her wheelchair twice a day and eventually slow walks. We saw lot of changes in grandmom. From being completely socially disinterested, completely dependent she became slightly cheerful. She would look forward to going down and had a routine. She would smile a couple of times in a day and that to us that was the biggest gain over 5 months.
Elaborating on the impact on the family, Dr. Jain says, “Not only did that affect her recovery and nutrition, but the visible change that we saw in the health of our parents (Who were grandmom’s family caregivers), not having to worry about our grandmom. That’s the trust our caregivers were able to establish with our parents . It was tremendously helpful for us. Overall, not just the care given to our grandmom, but the overall quality of life changed for our entire family was the biggest gain from engaging Ranju and her colleague from LifeCircle as caregivers for my grandmom.”
Ranju aspires to be a Nurse and is working with Life Circle to fund her education. She misses her mom who lives in Ranchi. Pointing to Mrs. Sheela Brahma she says “Ek mummy door hai to ek mil gayi”.
Her first day at Mrs. Sheela Brahma’s residence was her most challenging day at work where she had to administer insulin injection to the patient. “I learnt to give subcutaneous injections during my caregiver training program in Ranchi where we learnt on a manikin. When I started working here, I was nervous for the first 2-3 days. My hands would shiver. But now I am confident.”
Engaging a professional caregiver
Caring for dementia patients can have an impact on the physical and mental well-being of family caregivers. Older seniors with dementia are often cared for by their family members who themselves are seniors, though younger. Engaging a professional caregiver can make caregiving less stressful, yet ensuring that your loved one receives the care and dignity that they deserve.