Caring for a senior
Shankar is an 84-year-old senior, bedridden since the last 4 years. He has Parkinson’s disease, is frail and speech, hearing and sight impaired. Tilottama, a professional caregiver from Life Circle, a home care provider, handles all aspects of his care thus providing respite to family members.
Talking about the octogenarian, his daughter-in-law mentions that caring for bedridden seniors is very time consuming. Often their physical needs take priority. Assisting the person with activities of daily living, preventing bedsores, coping with their condition, maintaining hygiene, etc. leaves little or no time to think about a very important aspect – the patient’s emotional wellbeing.
Elderly care: Impact of “touch”
Shankar’s daughter-in-law has noticed that he responds to touch. She says, “Though the patient can’t listen to us, he can’t see, he still has the feeling of touch. I could see that – If any new person comes (substitute caregiver), he tries to push them. He should get that feeling that this person has come to give me care. He understands you see, he pushes, refuses to take food from her. Eventually he gets used to the new touch and in 2-3 days he’s alright. He’s used to this girl (Tilottama), the moment she came back (returned after a leave), he understood. She talks to him while feeding him, sometimes he may understand. He cooperates with her.”
Tilottama’s reassuring gentle touch calms him and lets him know that someone cares and is looking after his needs. As a part of her care schedule, she massages his arms, hands, legs with oil every day. While it prevents dryness and irritation, it most importantly promotes the feeling of wellbeing and is great for pain relief too. The patient’s daughter-in-law is extremely pleased with Tilottama whom she says is sincere, consistent and compassionate.
About the home attendant
At Life Circle, we aim to raise the quality of life of seniors especially those who have limited mobility and social interaction due to their condition. Our caregivers are compassionate, patient and take genuine interest in their work. Tilottama is one such example and we value her contribution.