Mahatma Ghandi once said, “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”
This statement bears much truth especially when it comes to caring for shut-in or ‘bed bound’ patients suffering from strokes, cerebral palsy, brain and spinal cord injuries, accidents and terminal diseases like cancer etc. Even with the best of intentions it can be easy for caregivers to lose patience, not feel appreciated, or become overwhelmed when caring for patients or loved ones who are bed bound.
The Indian Walk Health Centre under the guidance of Ms. Pearline Francis, DHV, has recognized the need for these caregivers to be better educated so that they can manage and provide holistic care to their bed bound clients. Holistic care is not only limited to promoting good grooming and hygiene for the patient’s comfort, preventing bed sores, promoting good nutrition and exercise, creating a comfortable environment for the patient, recognizing depression and hopelessness in the patient but it also involves support for the caregivers themselves.
The launch of this Holistic Management of Vulnerable Patients on May 3rd 2019 will provide an opportunity for stakeholders such as District Health Visitors, Nurses, Dieticians, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Doctors and Community Liaison Unit members, to collaboratively visit patients and influence their caregivers through continued education, encouragement and support.
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