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Are you being penny wise and pound foolish?

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You have enough information on the transitional care to want to really avail all its services for your ailing elder but if there is something holding you back then it is most likely the cost factor.

‘It is so much expensive than taking care of a sick person at home!’ is what I keep hearing. And I do agree that in certain cases this may be true. But if you were to actually sit yourself down calmly and calculate all the collective home care costs that you generally tend to push off as petty expenditures, you will discover that an all-inclusive package at the transitional care is significantly more economical and why sometimes spending money at home isn’t enough.

Here is why I say this.

1)Let’s start with the staff- Just like any market that works primarily on the supply demand ratio, the market of professional help is the same. I have had my friends pay as high as 3000 per day for nursing care at home with them having to provide food and other basic amenities to the staff additionally. And on the flip side when they tried to compromise on the quality and price of the help they had to deal with aides who weren’t professional, made fatal mistakes and needed constant supervision

2)Doctor visits- I had to pay 1000 rupees every time I asked a doctor to come and visit my mother in law at home. And sometimes it was twice or thrice a week because of the frequent complications she developed. What worried me more than the cost was also the fact that the doctor usually took an hour to arrive and even if we ever had to rush her to the hospital we would never reach before 45 minutes to an hour. How do you plan to handle your emergencies even after spending all that money?

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3)Commuting-How much time and money do you spend for the hospital or the clinic visits. The petrol and cab prices are undebatable and so are the consultation fees every single time even if the doctor sees the patient for not more than 10 minutes. And do you really give a thought as to how much of an effort it is for the sick person to get dressed, move, get in and out of the car? I have seen the fatigue and exhaustion they experience after just one regular visit and I wonder if all the money we spend, is worth all the pain and discomfort?

4)Recreation-No matter whatever you do, it is somehow never enough to cheer up an ailing loved one. You try your best to give them quality time but you also have work and bills to pay and at the end of the day it all feels so overwhelming. We bought a TV and a DVD player for my mother in law’s room so she wouldn’t get bored.

We bought books, signed up senior citizen clubs, tried to take her for outings and spent a fortune but we couldn’t get her mind off her condition and she was still depressed.

5) Apparatus and special machines- It usually doesn’t stop at the staff and the hospital visits. Patients require certain special machines like the oxygen cylinder, tubes for feeding, the glucometer, the pulse reader and some exercise machines etc. While some you can rent, the others you have to buy and most of them are very expensive. And that is not all. These machines occupy a lot of space. A colleague was asked to buy expensive exercise gear for his father to enable better health and mobility during his Alzheimer’s condition and he was paranoid as he couldn’t afford most of it and neither was his father in a state to step out for physiotherapy.

This happens for medicines as well. Are you able to procure all the required medicines your loved one needs? Or have you experienced that running around for a particular one to the other side of the town. I bet you have. How much did you land up spending? Er..well.

6)Diet-Special powders, biscuits and liquid diets are available at pharmacies at a cost. Apart from that the patient cannot have normal food that you and the rest of the family has. So I guess you either cook a special meal for them with special ingredients and are super tired or then you hire a cook who can manage that for you. Both have a cost attached.

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The transitional care provides all this under one roof in an all-inclusive package without any hidden costs.

What’s more?

You can opt for a package that suits your needs and even customise one as per your requirement and budget.

 

If you are still thinking, then I suggest you visit our site and realise how much you can simplify things in your as well as your loved one’s life and spend more prudently. You do the math.

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you can even call us on +91 7676 299 000

Or write to at care@sukino.com

 

Author: Alefiyah Kapasi

Disclaimer: All images have been taken from images.google.com and are for illustrative purposes only.

 

 

Want a vacation without worries?

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Its vacation time! But if you have an ailing person at home and if you are the prime care giver then your mind is probably clouded by these three questions.

  • Can any other caregiver care for my loved one the way I do?
  • What if something happens while I am away, will I be ever able to forgive myself?
  • How will my loved one feel if I left them and went away for a holiday alone?

 

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Mrs Anuradha faced a similar dilemma. She moved her mother in with her family after she was diagnosed with rapidly progressing dementia at the age of 79 and had to leave her full time job as an operations head to function as a round the clock caregiver.

To keep things going smoothly she couldn’t accommodate anything else. No work, no personal chores, no recreation. Things were comfortable in the beginning. Anuradha had the energy, and she had the enthusiasm. But as time passed by she realised she was getting tired, cranky and in dire need of a break. And planning a vacation with her two teenaged kids and a husband was almost an impossible challenge as she kept asking herself the above three questions repeatedly.

But Anuradha is currently in Thailand having a great time with her family.

How did she manage to do this?

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We gave her an easy and great option. And this it could well answer your most pressing questions too.

Have you heard of Transitional care?

Transitional care is a concept that helps patients with long term illnesses with rehabilitation, recuperation and management of chronic illnesses. It is simply a transit between a home and a hospital to ensure an easy and effective recovery.

A transitional care centre is fully equipped with all the required medical facilities, has a 24-hour doctor and nursing staff on duty that are extremely experienced and compassionate, physiotherapy, basic services like laundry and recreation that includes, yoga, meditation, hydrotherapy and rehab as an integral part of its set-up. The stay conditions are nothing short of a 5-star accommodation.

So basically this centre is not only as well-equipped as a hospital to handle emergencies but is as pleasant and comfortable as a home that makes patients feel very happy, valued, and well taken care of, making the stay and the journey towards healing a very cheerful one.

You can rest assured that your loved one is in good hands and not feel guilty that your loved is neglected or feeling lonely while you are away enjoying your vacation.

 

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Sukino Healthcare Pvt Ltd is a healthcare management company that is dedicated towards creating simple and convenient solutions for empowering individuals to manage health conditions better and prevent complications. Keeping our service motto in mind we have recently launched a Transitional care centre in Bangalore that is a complete unit in itself to enable you and your elderly loved one to deal with and manage their health.

We understand the value of their smile and your resources and we suggest that this summer, you go ahead and take that holiday you need while your loved one enjoys a great vacation with us.

 

Don’t hesitate to call at +91 7676 299 000

Or write to at care@sukino.com

The website www.sukino.com

Author: Alefiyah Kapasi

Disclaimer: All images have been taken from images.google.com and are for illustrative purposes only.

 

 

5 Reasons why you should consider our transitional care centre

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Nobody knows your situation better than you if you have an ailing elderly person at home. No one can define it for you nor can anyone advice you what is to be done. Because nobody can even imagine what you are going through unless they have been through that trauma themselves.

We have seen people struggle and we know the pain. And that is why we are taking a step forward to give you a few pointers to look out for if your loved one has been through a surgery or is chronically unwell. These warning signs could actually be thwarting your efforts to let your elders recover faster and better.

1)Frequent accidents at home- Does your loved one slip or fall often? Are there lapses in terms of medications, diets and exercise? These things may sometimes be beyond your schedule& control but if you are also struggling to arrange for a reliable help or a doctor when there is an emergency then you should consider a place that has skilled, well- trained and compassionate staff to take good and efficient care of your loved one round the clock.

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2)Delayed recovery – Recuperation after a surgery is equally important as the surgery itself and the hospital treatment that follows. But if you have noticed that once the elderly person is home and is not keeping good health, not recovering the way they should or is falling sick repeatedly, then maybe specialised caregiving is a challenge at home and the patient is in need of a centre that is well equipped to help their recovery process in the correct way. This could include physiotherapy, nursing, diet, recreation and beyond.

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3)Deteriorating chronic condition -Conditions like Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, kidney disorders, heart diseases or cancer are progressive and can worsen the condition of the patient as the days pass by with you watching helplessly.  These may or may not be curable but if this is your situation then a transitional care centre can help you treat or slow down the progression of the diseases by providing the right kind of emotional support and holistic treatment without letting the patient suffer unnecessarily.

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4)Your loved one is sad and withdrawn-  Sometimes medicine is not only what our elders require. They need the TLC, good company and lots of laughter. But we understand it is not humanly possible to be with them all the time and if it is killing you inside to notice that they are unhappy then it could be that they are bogged down by their illness or are feeling isolated. They could use some entertainment, recreation like meditation, yoga, hydrotherapy etc. or time with friends at the centre to cheer them up as they recover and you can take a breather from the guilt too.

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5)You are getting crankier- Have you noticed a change in your temperament? Are you getting cranky? It could be constant emotional and physical exhaustion, trying to deal with this difficult situation. You may be getting torn apart between your loved one’s illness and your work or family and could very well be in need of a break. We would like remind you here that if you feel you should ignore this sign and keep doing your duty then it is most possible that you will crumble sooner or later under the pressure and then in whose care and mercy are your elders? This centre is also a boon if you are an NRI and are looking for a safe place to take care of your loved ones well.

Sukino’s Transitional Care Centre is the one answer for all the 5 situations.

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At our centre we not only offer post-operative care, rehabilitation and general health management but we strive to heal with love and compassion.

Don’t hesitate to call at +91 7676 299 000

Or write to at care@sukino.com

The website www.sukino.com

Author: Alefiyah Kapasi

Disclaimer: All images have been taken from images.google.com and are for illustrative purposes only.

Why do you need a health management platform?

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The answer lies in a question. Why do you need a manager for your business?

For setting objectives, organising, coordinating, delegating, motivating and seeing the successful completion of work with desirable results? Am I right? In a nutshell, you hire a manager to organise your business effectively enough to take it notches higher and yield profits for you. Very crucial for the success of your company. Well. Your health and the well- being of your loved ones is a very serious business too and it needs effective management for a successful life.

If you have been in your line of work for a good amount of time you will agree when I say that time, energy and focus are the pivotal keys to run your venture smoothly. The distraction of an illness, yours or a loved one’s can be a tremendous liability. It disturbs these core tools rendering you torn apart and helpless.  Whether you have been there or not, I have and I can assure you, they are very difficult times and they drain you physically, mentally and emotionally. The overall impact in your personal and professional life is huge.

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An illness is a whole organisation by itself that needs constant managing and mentoring. One has to balance, strategize and execute regular healthcare interventions in terms of medications, hospital visits, appointments with doctors, logistical arrangements and hiring caregivers to prevent complications and setbacks. All this to ensure smooth functioning. If only humans were superheroes they could have run the show alone but the fact that we need people to help us bring our vision to fruition shows that it is always a team effort that helps us win the game in the end.

A health management platform is nothing but a collaboration and a team effort for managing health conditions for an easy, and speedy recovery. The partnership brings numerous benefits and I was really senile to want to micromanage and do everything on my own. Because despite endless efforts I was human and in the end, I could not manage anything at all efficiently. I had made a dead deal.  But on a friend’s insistence, I signed up with a healthcare platform and I can vouch for the assistance I received with an ailing mother in law, a travelling husband and a full time job.

 

They help you to order medicines as well as disposable medical supplies, and get them delivered at your doorstep, they help in procuring home use medical equipment like the oxygen kit etc. fitness therapy and physical health products which I can tell you that I had a tough time zeroing on a reliable source. Then there is the arrangement of DEPENDABLE and WELL-TRAINED home nursing staff whom we can trust our loved ones with in our absence. And someone coming over to cook special meals as per my mother in law’s medical condition was such a boon! They even arranged for pick and drop services and appointments with the doctors at the hospital. Can you imagine how much all that help meant to me? can you imagine how much all this assistance will mean to you?

The business doesn’t get affected, the energy levels don’t drop too low making you stressed or irritable and most importantly the relationship with the loved one stays the same. I love coming home to see my mother in law smiling and well taken care of and I am not weary either. We spend quality time together and that has enriched our lives all the more.

Life has its share of ups and downs just like the fluctuating patterns in a business. Just how you would not let a professional setback affect your performance and motivation, but use it as a stepping stone for greater success, don’t let a personal difficult time catch you off guard. Take timely decisions and make a wise investment. Help is nearer than you think. It is just a click away.

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And what’s new! Have you heard of the concept of a Transitional care set –up? This is a new in our country and we the ones with ailing elders at home have every reason to smile. It is as the name suggests a centre that helps in smooth recovery during the transitional phase between the hospital and home and it helps more than we can imagine as sometimes care at home is challenging and now since its holiday time wouldn’t you love a little bit of ‘you’ time to rejuvenate? This is not the old age home where we dread to leave our loved ones but a 5-star facility where we can be assured that they are in very good hands and are also on a holiday like us.

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Author: Alefiyah Kapasi

Disclaimer: All images have been taken from images.google.com and are for illustrative purposes only.

NO MORE DIFFICULT CHOICES IF YOU ARE AN NRI

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‘’Let your choices reflect your hope and not your fear’’

Life always gives you choices. But here’s the deal. Those choices are never easy and the biggest battle you constantly fight is between what you really want to do and what you must. This goes for every situation and no one except YOU can bail yourself out.

But if you are living abroad, and have ailing elderly parents back home, whose care is a constant issue then you don’t have a choice. Simply because you don’t need to make one.

You can now choose both!

You can ensure that your parents are well taken care of back home while you attend to your other important responsibilities in your part of the world.

How is this possible?

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If you have been through the process of a parent’s illness, you know that discharge from the hospital is not the end of the treatment. There is a wide range of specialised care that is required at home and which involves the use of complicated devices as well as highly skilled staff. This is crucial to avoid relapses and you know it’s not very easy. Here is how we solve the problem for you.

To assure complete healing and recovery of your loved one, while you are away, we offer post –operative care, rehabilitation, general health management and recreational services through our newly launched Transitional Care Centre at Bangalore. You now have well trained, trustworthy and experienced staff round the clock and all under one roof, without you having to run around endlessly to arrange for them individually beforehand or be worried about their intentions.

 

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Why does this work for you?

You have not compromised on your parent’s treatment and you have spent a lot of money to ensure that they receive the best of care in the hospital. But what after that? Do you want to leave your loved ones in the inadequate care of unreliable and inexperienced staff? Are the domestic aides worth all the money you end up spending on them?

According to Age well foundation, an NGO, 9% of aged people are physically harassed or assaulted. 20% ill-treated and misbehaved with and another 13% victims of mental torture and denied of basic needs during their illness.

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We are sure you would never want your parents to be even remotely one of these and neither would you want them to be neglected or re-hospitalised and let all your efforts be wasted.

You and your parents have worked very hard for each other’s comfort & joy and it is only fair that THEY get the personalised, compassionate care they deserve in safe and secured surroundings and YOU get some respite from being constantly pulled in two different directions. Neither of you are wrong and none of you need to be punished.

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Let us extend a helping hand to you in these trying times and take away some of the burden off your shoulders because we earnestly can relate to the trauma you are undergoing.

Choose the Transitional Care Centre, avail a customised short term or a long term stay package as per your requirement and invest in your parents’ complete, cheerful recovery and your peace of mind.

You can count on us….they are in good hands.

 

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Don’t hesitate to call at +91 7676 299 000

Or write to at care@sukino.com

The website www.sukino.com

Author: Alefiyah Kapasi

Sources: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Most-elderly-persons-are-subject-to-abuse-in-old-age-Study/articleshow/52741509.cms

Disclaimer: All images have been taken from images.google.com and are for illustrative purposes only.

 

 

NO MORE DIFFICULT CHOICES IF YOU ARE A ‘NRI’

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‘’Let your choices reflect your hope and not your fear’’

Life always gives you choices. But here’s the deal. Those choices are never easy and the biggest battle you constantly fight is between what you really want to do and what you must. This goes for every situation and no one except YOU can bail yourself out.

But if you are living abroad, and have ailing elderly parents back home, whose care is a constant issue then you don’t have a choice. Simply because you don’t need to make one.

You can now choose both!

You can ensure that your parents are well taken care of back home while you attend to your other important responsibilities in your part of the world.

How is this possible?

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If you have been through the process of a parent’s illness, you know that discharge from the hospital is not the end of the treatment. There is a wide range of specialised care that is required at home and which involves the use of complicated devices as well as highly skilled staff. This is crucial to avoid relapses and you know it’s not very easy. Here is how we solve the problem for you.

To assure complete healing and recovery of your loved one, while you are away, we offer post –operative care, rehabilitation, general health management and recreational services through our newly launched Transitional Care Centre at Bangalore. You now have well trained, trustworthy and experienced staff round the clock and all under one roof, without you having to run around endlessly to arrange for them individually beforehand or be worried about their intentions.

 

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Why does this work for you?

You have not compromised on your parent’s treatment and you have spent a lot of money to ensure that they receive the best of care in the hospital. But what after that? Do you want to leave your loved ones in the inadequate care of unreliable and inexperienced staff? Are the domestic aides worth all the money you end up spending on them?

According to Age well foundation, an NGO, 9% of aged people are physically harassed or assaulted. 20% ill-treated and misbehaved with and another 13% victims of mental torture and denied of basic needs during their illness.

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We are sure you would never want your parents to be even remotely one of these and neither would you want them to be neglected or re-hospitalised and let all your efforts be wasted.

You and your parents have worked very hard for each other’s comfort & joy and it is only fair that THEY get the personalised, compassionate care they deserve in safe and secured surroundings and YOU get some respite from being constantly pulled in two different directions. Neither of you are wrong and none of you need to be punished.

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Let us extend a helping hand to you in these trying times and take away some of the burden off your shoulders because we earnestly can relate to the trauma you are undergoing.

Choose the Transitional Care Centre, avail a customised short term or a long term stay package as per your requirement and invest in your parents’ complete, cheerful recovery and your peace of mind.

You can count on us….they are in good hands.

 

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Don’t hesitate to call at +91 7676 299 000

Or write to us at care@sukino.com

The website- www.sukino.com

Author: Alefiyah Kapasi

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Most-elderly-persons-are-subject-to-abuse-in-old-age-Study/articleshow/52741509.cms

Disclaimer: All images have been taken from images.google.com and are for illustrative purposes only.

Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional

 

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This is a fact we failed to register when we took care of our mother in law at home after a major surgery.

I can still remember the day when she developed a piercing pain in her abdomen. She suffered an intestinal obtrusion and what I recollect of the next 48 hours that followed is nothing but panic, chaos, pain, fear and anxiety.

She underwent an abdominal surgery which unfortunately developed some complication and after a fortnight the doctor finally announced that we could take her home.

We were relieved as we thought the worse was over. But was it really?

THE CHANGES IN THE HOUSE

The first thing we realized before her discharge was that she would not be able to use her bedroom on the first floor. We had to prepare the room on the ground floor to fit in her bed and other special post –operative gear such as the tube feeding apparatus, oxygen tank, glucometer, blood pressure machine and a lot of oral medication. Although she had to use a bed pan initially, we knew that after a week we would need to make provisions for a shower seat and an elevated toilet.

When she began moving around a little, we had to de-clutter the house by having to move some very functional furniture unfortunately so that it wouldn’t be too much of an obstruction in her way lest she tripped.

The house had to be well lit during the evenings as well to avoid hazards.

All this came with a heavy price tag.

 

THE CHANGES IN OUR LIFESTYLE

Caring for a patient in the post-operative phase can really sap your energy and resources. Our schedule was like clockwork, trying to manage her food, her hygiene, her medicines, doctor visits and the visitors at home.

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Even the slightest change in the food or medicine timings interfered with her internal body system and it could be fatal. Once there was a slight change in the concentration of the tube feed and it resulted in low electrolyte levels which made her drowsy and almost fall off her bed that resulted in re-hospitalization. Special medicated powders and diet needed to be given at specific times in measured doses which was extremely challenging for us as we were clueless not having done this before. The plethora of medicines caused an allergic reaction in her body which we failed to identify and she had to be rushed to the doctor at midnight.

Since she was a diabetic her insulin injections had to be administered on a strict schedule too. One of our relatives unwantedly volunteered to help her in the toilet while we were busy with other things, and my mother in law had a minor slip which gave her a hairline fracture in the leg. We then had to arrange for a wheel chair to take her around after she was back from the hospital again.

Hospital visits were another challenge by themselves. The cab would never arrive on time, and if it did we had to commit the rest of the day to the traffic and the waiting period at the hospital. Most of her medication was unavailable in the part of the city where we stayed and so the purchase had to be planned in advanced and ordered. Or it would be followed by another health complication.

Our lives had become almost robotic with no time to relax and when she slept the guilt and fear of another complication raising its ugly head kept us on a constant alert. My husband had also exchanged his parking slot with a neighbor for the convenience of bringing the car out in case there was an emergency. I am not even mentioning the neglected office work and kids’ studies.

 

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We could not afford to take any more risks so we decided to get help.

But nursing help is not cheap and it is very very important that they are very experienced and well-trained.  We were not lucky enough to find a very reliable, experienced help and we created more hassles by entrusting our loved one in her amateur care. So we decided that it was better to let go of her than to further burden our already hassled lives.

 

It’s been a year since that traumatic phase in our lives and we often wonder if we really had to go through all those difficulties? Did we require our old and frail parent to go through that grueling process of trial & error, home & hospital that played with her health as well as her psyche only because of our lack of knowledge? Did she ever see smiling faces around her that were so intrinsic to her recovery? And did we have a choice which we did not consider?…. These are the questions that will haunt us for forever. But they need not haunt you.

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Because some very thoughtful professionals have come together under a common platform called Sukino Healthcare Solutions and they have worked towards a solution for this problem.  So that, YOU have an option. A tailor made alternative to all the pain, trauma, hazards and above the roof expenses which we unfortunately did not and only wished we had to make our lives simpler and happier.

 

They take care of ALL the above and many more post-operative care, rehabilitation and general health care challenges under one roof with great expertise and finesse. All you have to do is enroll your loved one at Sukino’s newly launched Transitional Care Centre at Kanakapura Road Bangalore and not only be assured they are in very good hands but also that their recovery is going to be smooth and cheerful.

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Because after all, ‘’Pain maybe inevitable but suffering is always optional’’

If you would like to know more or experience our centre call us at +91 7676 299 000

You can also write to us at care@sukino.com or visit our website www.sukino.com

Author: Alefiyah Kapasi

Disclaimer: All images have been taken from images.google.com and are for illustrative purposes only.

Traditional or Practical choices

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The Sharmas moved into our neighborhood a couple of months back from Australia. While most of us were in awe of their foreign accent, clothes and accessories, not many of us agreed upon their unconventional ways. Especially when it came to the way they treated their domestic staff as equals. Strike two was when they started asking around for an assisted living facility for their mother who was an Alzheimer’s patient. That was it. Everyone saw them as heartless, conceited humans with ‘only money and no love’ but no one had the empathy to see their daily struggle with a patient with difficult symptoms and the pain they all went through constantly.

Another cousin is dealing every single minute of her life with an ailing father who is suffering from cancer. He has to be taken care of round the clock. His daily routine of special food, medicines, physiotherapy, doctor visits, chemo therapy etc. has not only taken a toll on her and her husband’s health but also on their psyche, pockets, kids and their overall schedule, trying to arrange the needful for him at home. It must have been months since they would have stepped out as a family for an outing or even had a laugh together. When one of our other cousins from the US suggested a Transitional care facility for her dad, the older people pounced on her as if she had sinned. ‘We parents take care of you our whole lives so that you send us away when we need you’ was the accusation.

Where is the problem in signing up a parent or an elderly person for some time in a 5-star premium home (we aren’t talking about dingy old age homes here) with 24 hours medical facilities, constant nursing care, state of the art apartments and specially designed recreational therapies? Are we abandoning or neglecting them or are we actually giving them a space to be healthier and happier?

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The boarding school situation is similar too. Parents who strongly feel that their kid(s) need to stay away from home to learn certain life and study skills mostly give up on their decision when their elders play out the neglectful parenting card.

It is ridiculous to consider sending someone away for their betterment, as neglect. Yes, it would be IF there was a compromise on love and respect. But giving your loved ones what they really are in need of is love and making sure they receive this care in the best of conditions is respect and definitely not neglect.

 

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The irony of cultural diaspora is this. On one end, where it urges us to alter our ways of thinking and relating, for the better, on the other the inertia of our deep conditioning keeps nudging us to go back into our comfort zones of traditions and familiarity. It is difficult to distinguish right from wrong here but a middle zone that works best for us maybe a way forward. It may not necessarily be the path of painful compromise, but it can essentially be the path which gives us our peace of mind and which ultimately leads to the happiness of people around us.

This is what most of us fail to register, out of preconceived notions, guilt and imaginary fear.

And this paradigm shift has to happen as it stands to carve our future generation’s overall emotional health which includes your own children.

If you choose to be practical , breaking free from self-defeating mind sets and prefer to take a step forward towards a happier life situation, then we urge you to check out Sukino’s Transitional care Center in Bangalore, located amidst beautiful surroundings, with state of the art facilities, personalized services and highly skilled & experienced staff.

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Author: Alefiyah Kapasi

Disclaimer: All images have been taken from images.google.com and are for illustrative purposes only.

For further details, kindly visit

http://www.sukino.com/Transition-Care.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assisted living- A very thoughtful option

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You may not be familiar with what assisted living is. But if you are taking care of an elderly loved one at home and have promised yourself not to send them away to a hospital, then assisted living is a facility you would benefit from the most.

As a loved one you always believed that the care you provided at home for an elderly person was all they needed. But over time you discover that they require “more”. Something more than the meals you cook, more than the time you give and more than the medical help you can provide at home. This is the time you worry and wonder. You know why you don’t want to send them away to a dreary and institutionalised nursing home but you simultaneously keep asking yourself if there is another option to make them happier.

A few decades ago senior care professionals asked the same questions and the concept of assisted living was born out of this inquiry.

What is Assisted Living?

Although a relatively new concept in India, assisted living is the fastest growing senior care housing option all over the world for all the adults who can live independently and only need some assistance. For many seniors, assisted living provides just the right level of care they need to flourish and triumph in this new and unsettling phase of life.

What services does Assisted Living provide?

It is a residential set up, that provides long term care options that includes personal care support services like

  • Daily meals
  • Medication management
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Basic housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Health and exercise programs
  • Social programs
  • Transportation

by skilled nursing staff and healthcare professionals. The most important factor is the 24-hour security and supervision.

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Not all facilities are equal. Some provide lighter care like help while eating or moving around while some offer personalised care for patients with severe chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s, cancer etc.

Most living facilities are designed to meet the unique and individual cultural, religious, language and dietary needs of the local population. The décor differs too. While some facilities may have a modern set up there are some who are like a home away from home with their down to earth ambience. They also come in all shapes and sizes. They can be apartments in towering buildings or dainty individual cottages. Some even allow pets!

How is assisted living different from a hospital or a nursing home?

Assisted living residents are independent individuals who want to continue living with dignity but require some help with their daily personal care tasks. While the nursing home/hospital patients are in need of a 24-hour assistance.

The residents at the facility are usually mobile and stable and who aren’t  totally bedridden or in a serious medical condition requiring fully equipped medical care constantly.

They live in a studio, a private apartment or a villa in the assisted living facility that provides more privacy, space and peace rather than sharing a room/ward or being confined to a limited space.

And of course the ambience factor remains undisputed.

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Is assisted living expensive?

Assisted living is usually less expensive than the nursing homes and hospitals.

The cost depends upon the type of residence, type of services and the geographical location of the facility.

Most facilities offer basic charges that cover all the services and additional fees for any special services. Some charge on a monthly basis but other long term options are also available.

Signing up for an assisted living facility for your loved one doesn’t make you a neglectful and conceited person but only proves how much you care and cherish them by giving them what they need to enjoy their golden years rather than they being overwhelmed with the feelings of dependency, inadequacy and social isolation.

If you are looking out for an Assisted Living option in Bangalore, located amidst beautiful surroundings, with state of the art facilities, personalised services and highly skilled & experienced staff, you can consider Sukino, Bengaluru’s finest Transitional Care Center (In association with Mantri Primus).

Please visit http://www.sukino.com/Transition-Care.html for more details.

Author: Alefiyah Kapasi

Sources: http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2013-9-10-national-assisted-living-week/

www.aplaceformom/blog/things-you-didnt-know-about-assisted-living-2-19-2012/

https://www.informationvine.com

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Simple tips to sleep well

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If you are tossing and turning around in bed of lately you may not necessarily be an insomniac.

For humans, a good night’s rest is as important as food, water and oxygen. And it is an indicator of overall health and well-being. But if those eight to nine hours between the sheets is an elusive thing and if you have gathered what could be called as a sleep debt then instead of throwing the towel, and opting for medicines, you could try these removing these simple everyday distractions from your sleep schedule. These may be playing with your valuable resting time.

  • Your cell phone/TV/computer- technology was supposed to make your life easier but did you know it ends up ruining your sleep? The light emitted from these gadgets, stimulates a nerve pathway from the eyes to the brain that controls hormones, body temperature and other functions that keep you wide awake. The blue soft light from your digital clock may be hurting your sleep too. Experts say that you should dim the lights 2 to 3 hours before your bedtime for the brain to receive the signal of releasing melatonin hormone that induces sleep. Use an eye mask if you are stuck in a bright public place.
  • Back/neck pain- your neck or lower back may not hurt in the waking hours but when you retire, you find this pain disturbing your sleep. For your lower back pain, try placing a pillow between your legs to align your hips and reduce the pressure on your back. If you sleep on your back, then you can place a padding or a pillow under your knees. To reduce your neck pain, it is important that your pillow is at the same level as your neck. Not higher or lower.

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Sleeping on your tummy can twist your neck.

  • Bugs and mites- your restlessness has more to do with your mattress sometimes than you. Check your mattress for bugs and mites as they can cause sneezing, itching or sniffles that disturb your sleep. Also check if your mattress has lost its cushioning. It is ideal to replace your mattress with a new one every 5 to 7 years.
  • The afternoon siesta-if your afternoon nap goes beyond 20 minutes (which it usually does) the results are definitely going to be seen at night. Skip the nap by talking to a friend, taking a walk or trying to do something that shoos the drowsiness away if you want a good night’s rest.
  • Your Bed-Use your bed only for sleep or sex. Experts say that if you use your bed for working, surfing the net or even for reading, your bed does not give you the relaxation when you need it at night as the emotional and intellectual attention is more distracting than relaxing. Light reading on a couch or a comfy chair is a better option.
  • Coffee and chocolates- caffeine in the morning is fine as it peps you up for the day. But if you have it after the clock strikes noon, then it can interfere with your sleep at night. Even chocolate in small amounts has the same effect and so does nicotine in the cigarettes.

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  • Exercise- yes you read that right. And no we are not asking you stop working out if you are ready to jump in glee. Exercise increases your body’s metabolic rate and energises you, so it is best if done in the morning to kick start your day or then at least 3 to 4 hours before bed or then the energy rush won’t let you sleep. Discipline in your sleep pattern is also crucial. Try sleeping and waking up at the same time. Even on weekends. This sets your body and mind clock into a routine and you will realise that you doze off quickly.
  • Food- if you have had a heavy meal then it overloads your digestive system and affects your sleep. Especially protein which is very difficult to digest. Have your dinner at least an hour and a half before you sleep and to avoid binging during dinner time, have an evening snack to satisfy the hunger pangs. Try to keep dinner a lighter fare.
  • Drinks-so you think alcohol makes you tipsy, drowsy and puts you to sleep? Er… do you know what happens after the initial effects wear off? It will probably keep you up all night. And if you don’t want your sleep to be disrupted by your visits to the bathroom, then it is better to avoid liquids 2 hours before going to bed.
  • The chill- some people have ‘’colder than comfortable’’ conditions to put up with but it is proved that warm hands and feet induce a sound sleep. You can do this by pulling up a fresh pair of socks to keep you warm. Consequently, a room that is too hot can also interfere with your sleep. The ideal temperature for a body to relax is around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The noise factor- does the ticking of the clock remind you of a horror movie? It can go out of your bedroom then. So can other noisy accessories like whirring electronics. For the other unavoidables like traffic or sirens, you could use ear plugs. But here ‘s the catch. There shouldn’t be pin drop silence in your bedroom either because then every little occasional thump has chances of jerking you out of your sleep and you may not fall asleep back very soon.

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  • Stress – you have to get rid of this one before you pack off. Here are some relaxation tips. Try aroma therapy. Lavender drops on your pillow help you sleep well. A hot water bath raises your temperature and then drops it after you are finished, mimicking the natural drop in temperature caused by the brain as it prepares your body for sleep. This helps not only in falling asleep quickly but also induces better quality sleep. Although it may seem silly, but imagining yourself in some calm surroundings or doing something that relaxes you also helps tremendously in coaxing yourself to sleep as it slows down the brain activity.  Yoga, meditation and tai-chi help too.

What works for me personally is to clear my mind from everything that is worrying me. I do this by writing down my problems in a diary which acts a bank and I zzzz in no time.

However, if none of the above seem to be working for you, it may be wise to call your doctor and take professional help.

Author: Alefiyah Kapasi

Sources: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/discomfort-15/better-sleep/slideshow-sleep-tips

www.sleepfoundation.org

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