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August 2018
www.athulyaliving.com
Senior Care that Counts
Assisted Living
eNewsletter | 1st Anniversary Special Edition
Content
Managing Director’s Message
Director’s Message
CEO Message
An Year Journey of
Effective Communication
Strategies for Better Care
Nutrition and Aging
Rethinking Aging with Precise
Interior Designs
Athulya Family
Live Case Report
Experience of Residents
Words from the Staffs
Photo Gallery
Culinary Corner
Activity Corner
Athulya Assisted Living
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Managing Director
Greetings to everyone!
Dr. Karthik Narayan R
The previous year has been an important one in Athulya's
journey in every manner. We have reached more people
with our quality care norms and our expansion plans are
revealing in the new horizons which is a good sign of
growth.
Our learning drive to improve the quality of services is
constant, thanks to our care and clinical quality depart-
ments and the research teams. Athulya Assisted Living is
in an earnest endeavour to provide superior care for the
elderly community and this effort reflects in our every
action.
As one of the earliest world-class assisted living facilities
in the region, we are looking forward to become the name
to be reckoned with when it comes to leading a quality life
in a caring and compassionate atmosphere, post
retirement.
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Greetings to everyone!
Director
Mr. Srinivasan G
With the extensive facilities and the medical care around
the clock, healthy food options, entertainment and
wellness programs – ATHULYA lets you choose the
rental ownership best suited to you. Determined to contin-
ue all these features and enhance them in every way, we
are looking forward to become the best haven for seniors,
post retirement.
Athulya Assisted Living steps into another year while
registering good growth. It fills my heart to know that we
are able to improve and provide unique care for the elders
in the most senior-friendly environment. All our facilities
flaunt the equality of world-class care and comfort under
the round the clock watchful eye.
Reducing the gap between the quality care and the
seniors, the culture of offering that extra-care to check
life’s all touch-points continue to prevail as a culture at
Athulya.
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Athulya Assisted Living, the premium living facilities
for elders, determined and focused on redefining the
living standards in the senior living facilities while
enhancing the overall quality of life.
We aim to provide our residents with an opportunity to
socially engage and pursue their daily activities or
hobbies while their stated and unstated needs are being
taken care of.
CEO
This newsletter discusses the effective communication
with the elderly population, the relation between the
nutrition and ageing, and imagining ageing with
senior-friendly interior designs for a better senior living
experience.
Greetings to everyone!
Ms. Krishna Kavya J
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An Year Journey of Athulya Assisted Living
150+ Enquires
Establishment of First of its Kind
Premium Independent Assisted
Living Homes in Mylapore,Chen-
nai Received our first Resident
Received our Second Resident for
Long Stay Filled our First Facility at
Mylapore
Aug, 2017
Sep-Nov 2017
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Athulya Assisted Living, the first of its kind premium independent
assisted living homes in Chennai, turns 2 on this August 9th. Stepping
into the second year, with all hopes we strive to enhance our services,
increasing the number of facilities all over India. Take a look at our
brief journey that elucidates our key moments in this one year.
Launched the Second Facility
at Arumbakkam, Chennai
264% Increase in Client Reach
Registered 60% Overall
Growth
Received the prestigious “Mayan
Award’ for its Quality Excellence in
Senior Citizen Care Inaugurated
the Third Facility at Vellore.
80% Occupancy Rate
60+ Happy Residents
300+ Facility Visits
2500+ Client Reach
Apr-May 2018
June-July 2018
Dec, 2017
Jan-Mar, 2018
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Better Care
Effective Communication Strategies for
physical and physiologic factors make this a challenge. Unclear and confus-
ing communication can cause the interactions to have more negative conse-
quences. Respect is a critical factor when communicating with the elderly
population. Condescending attitudes
and behaviours to include lack of
patience are not acceptable at all.
Communicating with the senior
members of our assisted living facilities
require patience, kindness, understand-
ing, resilience, highlighted with care
and compassion.
By: Teresa I. Gonzalvo (USA), RN, BSN, MPA, CPHQ, ACM-RN
Clinical Advisor, Athulya Assisted Living
Our healthcare community continues to
be faced with ongoing challenges on our
communication techniques with our
growing geriatric population. Poor commu-
nication with this vulnerable population
can undermine our efforts to provide
person-centered care. In general, the
communication process is highly complex
and may be further complicated by age,
illness, sensory loss, decline in memory and
slower processing of information. At an
important time when the elderly needs have
increased the urgency to communicate with
the members of their healthcare team,
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Techniques which are followed at Athulya Assisted Living Facility
for improving communication strategies are as follows:
1. Sitting face to face and maintaining eye contact. Some
of our residents have hearing and vision loss. Reading lips
may be critical for them to understand the information we
are conveying. Patient and family compliance to treatment
regimens increases when done face to face. Maintaining eye
contact is one of the most effective forms of nonverbal
communication.
2. Avoiding distractions. Giving our residents undivided
attention for at least the first 60 seconds, reducing the
amount of visual and auditory distractions will allow for a
more effective interaction and lasting comprehension.
3. Allowing extra time for conversation. Due to the
residents increased need for details and poor communica-
tion techniques, lack of focus and illness, our clinical team
factor in additional time, not to rush through the discussion.
This will allow for a more productive question and answer
visit.
4. Listening attentively with no interruptions. Being
totally mindful. Good communication is based on active
listening. Should be very conscious on what our residents
are saying. Many problems and conflicts may be reduced or
eliminated just by sincerely taking the time to what our
residents are telling us. Mindfulness is paying attention on
purpose, in the present moment, fully and without
judgment.
5. Speaking slowly, loudly and clearly. The elderly person
processes information at a much slower rate that the young-
er generation. The nursing staffs take enough time as they
impart information to assist the patient with understanding
and committing to memory.
6. Using short, simple words and sentences. Avoiding the
usage of clinical jargon or technical terms. The communica-
tion is made in the manner that it is easily understood, using
familiar terminology. Sticking to one topic at a time and
information overload is neglected as it may confuse the
residents.
7. Summarizing the key points and having the resident
repeat back the information. This will help the team assess
the resident’s level of understanding, whether it is for
taking medications, diet or mobility. Repetition and
rephrasing are also effective techniques. Having a family
member present during this interaction, will help ensure
that the instructions are understood.
8. Giving our elderly residents ample opportunity to express
themselves and ask questions. Once the clinical team has
explained the plan of care, new medications and treatment
changes, giving our residents time to clarify the informa-
tion given and ask relevant questions will help allay any
anxieties that they may still have.
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When Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia is a factor, these conditioned
residents live in a very different world that we do. To a certain extent, their illnesses
have disrupted their brain circuits to the point that they must cope with the world
that may not make sense anymore. This may manifest itself as confusion, anger or
combativeness.
1. Avoiding arguments with our residents. The important
premise to keep in mind is, to not argue or try to correct
our residents. We cannot convince our residents that our
reality is the true reality. When they say something, they
believe to be true, it is their reality. Trying to correct them
adds to the confusion and frustration.
2. Validation. Accepting whatever behaviour our patient
has and trying to become a part of it.
The bottom line is to communicate in simple, succinct terms, with respect and compassion. Being caregivers our roles are
to be aware of the plan of care, effectively communicate the goals to the multidisciplinary team caring for our residents so
we all are on the same page.
3. Telling them what we are going to do before we do it. This
is more important especially if we are going to touch them. It is
important for them to know what is coming first so they don’t
think that we are harming them.
4. Being careful on the words we use. Many a time, the words
we use can influence the feelings of the residents with whom
we are communicating with.
Communicating when dementia
is a factor
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Nutrition and Aging
Ms. M. Shanmuga Priya B.Sc, PG Diploma in Clinical Nutrition
Consultant Clinical Nutritionist- Athulya Assisted Living
Aging is a natural process and is characterized by progressive
physical, physiological, biochemical and psychological changes.
This important process by virtue of physical and physiological
changes ultimately leads to senescence, or a decline of biological
functions and the person’s ability to adapt to the metabolic
stress. Understanding the different nutritional needs and optimiz-
ing the dietary intake based on it can prevent nutritional deficien-
cies and diet-related diseases in older people thereby improving
their quality of life.
Though making the correct dietary choices for your body can
be complicated, eating right can still be enjoyable and is well
worth the small lifestyle changes you may have to make. The
first and foremost step in healthy eating as senior is to
understand the nutritional needs. These needs may vary from
the needs of other age groups, even other seniors and based on
number of factors. For instance, many seniors experience
reductions in sensory faculties including the senses of hearing,
smell and most importantly taste. These sensory deficiencies can
lead seniors to make poor choices regarding nutrition and
choose foods that may look or taste appealing but contain a
number of unhealthy ingredients.
It is mandatory to make sure that, the nutritional plan for the seniors
consists of optimal amount of the following nutrients viz. Protein,
folic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), cholecalciferol (vitamin D), Iron,
Calcium, dietary fiber and the optimal amount of fluid intake. Apart
from this normal diet, therapeutic diets also should be planned and
prepared for the old aged people depending upon their health
condition and disease burden.
We at Athulya Assisted Living ensure in providing the residents with
individualized dietary care and exceptional dining facilities. Our
highly skilled and registered dieticians regularly have one-on-one
interactions to access our residents personal dietary needs, based on
which the culinary experts at plan meals for the residents. With in
depth understanding on overarching principles of nutritional require-
ments for seniors and by virtue of preparing meals with fresh ingredi-
ents based on customized nutritional plans, Athulya Assisted Living
improves the health and maintains a state of excellent well-being of all
residents
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Mr. K. Swaroop Krishnan B.E., P.G.D.M., M.A.,M.Sc
Engg. Technical Advisor - Athulya Assisted Living
Rethinking Aging with Precise Interior Designs
Precise designs within the confines of current homes plans allow
the elderly enjoy their independence. Design for Aging involves
in remodelling or modelling the homes into a safe and functional
one for the elderly. It’s the deal of giving joy to the generation
that has treated us thus far.
The three main considerations for creating a comfortable
atmosphere are flooring, colour and lightning. Fall prevention is
a significant aspect of design for aging. Prevention of falls
doesn’t pertain to preventing falls but also minimise the effects
caused by falls to a maximum extent.
Designing for seniors involves Safe Point of Contact (SPOC)
that converts all the contact joints including physical and visual
points of contacts starting from flooring to lighting into safety
factors.
The colours and shades used in the design too play a very major
role without which the visual aspect is completely lost. High
contrast colours can really help someone with poor eyesight and
soft pinks and greens can help the elders to feel at peace, while
red and orange can improve energy levels.
Overall, colour can greatly increase the joy that the seniors feel
within their home, so architects add this tool for better
atmosphere.
Matching levels is a key aspect of design for aging as it
smoothens out the transitions from one level or one room to
another. It is also mandatory to have proper support at all points
of time as and when required.
Lighting is also critical because senior’s eyes transition more
slowly to changes in light. Instead of more recessed down lights,
indirect light such as a wall wash are preferred to increase
general lighting. A certain shade of lighting is to be used which
has to be the right shade of yellow but crystal clear when it
comes to the visibility.
Designing a home that allows the elderly to retain their indepen-
dence and dignity on a daily basis, it helps to improve their
morale and reduces the possibility of depression.
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Athulya Family
Case Study
Bala Subramanyam
84 year old couple joined Athulya, Mylapore for short stay on 14th
March’18. During their initial assessments they were diagnosed
with chronic illness like diabetic & hypertension. With a complete
satisfaction on their stay after a month they extended their stay to
another three months. The female had difficulties in her mobility;
she even slipped while getting up from her bed. Immediately
Athulya clinical team made necessary action and called the
Physician. As per the instruction by the physician, the clinical team
deployed a dedicated person to assist her. Physiotherapy was also
recommended to the female for a period of 3 weeks. This really
improved her mobility condition and made her to stand by her own.
Regular monitoring and comprehensive holistic care of Athulya has
really helped the female to overcome her difficulties. With full heart
the couple decided to stay back in Athulya till their last.
Athulya- A place of renunciation a definite necessity as life
reaches final stage. To suffice a home away Athulya is a home
with courteous attention all round. It is a perfect place for
peaceful, carefree, healthy, hygienic and pleasant living.
Thiyagarajan
I can say Athulya is immeasurable and it can’t be compared
with any such organisation. It was a unique experience for me.
When closely observing their activities I can find that they
simple concentrate and focus on health and the issues related
to it for seniors.
Bhavani Shankar (IAF Pilot )
Athulya ensures all residents set their medicines and food at
scheduled times. The emergency call system for residents in
their bedrooms and bathrooms makes it a safer environment.
The service is outstanding and fulfilling. I have been here for
six months and without hesitation can say that I find this place
a “Paradise on Earth”
Experience of Residents
at Athulya Assisted Living
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My love towards my profession as nurse to serve the
peoples, I’m comfortable at Athulya. I also find that
organization has a set of protocols and procedures
which are followed by all the staff members. Happy
to be part of Athulya
Words from our Staffs
Jibin Joseph
Sangeetha
Working at Athulya is such a good experience. It’s
very proud that I’m serving to the peoples who
served for us once. Athulya is like a next home to me.
I won’t be missing Athulya.
Sudha
The residents here at Athulya are so sweet and they
teach me a lot in day to day life. I look after each one
of them as my own grandparents. After coming here
have learnt to share the love and affection.
Dhanalakshmi
I can see love in each ones eye at Athulya. Everyone
here considers me as their own and guides in a right
path. Love, care and affection which I give here come
to me back double times. Thank You so much!
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A perfect blend of thulasi and pepper leaves this dish a nutritious one. Thulasi is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and
vitamin C. It is also antibacterial, anti viral and anti carcinogenic. Regular consumption of thulasi helps in balancing
various bodily processes. Pepper which also has its own benefits of disease fighting vitamins that prevents from cough
and cold is an added on punch.
Culinary Corner
Thulasi Kheer
Grind the thulasi leaves with milk (75 ml) to a liquid mixture
Crush the cardamom and black pepper using mortar and pestle
Boil the milk (450 ml) at medium flame
Now add the condensed milk, saffron strands, crushed cardamom mixture and ground thulasi mixture
and mix it well.
Stir the mixture for 12-14 minutes at low flame
Add the ghee roasted cashew, almonds and resins to the mixture. Mix it well. Serve hot/chill.
Thulasi leaves- 50
Milk 75 ml + 450 ml
Cardamom– 10
Black pepper– 30
Condensed milk
Saffron strands– 20
Ghee- 2tsp
Cashew nuts– 10 (chopped)
Almonds– few (chopped)
Raisins– few
Ingredients
Method
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Unscramble the Words
Equipments that provides minor care and allows seniors to perform their activities of daily living
Written plan of medical services and care a person needs
1. T S A E S D S I C E S I E D V
2. R F A N E L O A P C
Creative activity prescribed for its effect in promoting recovery or rehabilitation
3. H O A A L E N U P C A I R T C P O Y T
Process in which caregiver helps a senior complete a task using prompts
4. N U E C I G
Term used to refer someone who is capable of moving
5. L O A M Y B T A U R
Individual who provides personal care to residents, including bathing, dressing and cooking
6. R T N A S T S G I S N A N I U S
1.AssistedDevices
2.PlanofCare
3.OccupationalTherapy
4.Cueing
5.Ambulatory
6.NursingAssistant
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Athulya Assisted Living - 1st anniversary eNewsletter

  • 1. August 2018 www.athulyaliving.com Senior Care that Counts Assisted Living eNewsletter | 1st Anniversary Special Edition
  • 2. Content Managing Director’s Message Director’s Message CEO Message An Year Journey of Effective Communication Strategies for Better Care Nutrition and Aging Rethinking Aging with Precise Interior Designs Athulya Family Live Case Report Experience of Residents Words from the Staffs Photo Gallery Culinary Corner Activity Corner Athulya Assisted Living 01 02 03 04 06 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
  • 3. Managing Director Greetings to everyone! Dr. Karthik Narayan R The previous year has been an important one in Athulya's journey in every manner. We have reached more people with our quality care norms and our expansion plans are revealing in the new horizons which is a good sign of growth. Our learning drive to improve the quality of services is constant, thanks to our care and clinical quality depart- ments and the research teams. Athulya Assisted Living is in an earnest endeavour to provide superior care for the elderly community and this effort reflects in our every action. As one of the earliest world-class assisted living facilities in the region, we are looking forward to become the name to be reckoned with when it comes to leading a quality life in a caring and compassionate atmosphere, post retirement. www.athulyaliving.com | 01
  • 4. Greetings to everyone! Director Mr. Srinivasan G With the extensive facilities and the medical care around the clock, healthy food options, entertainment and wellness programs – ATHULYA lets you choose the rental ownership best suited to you. Determined to contin- ue all these features and enhance them in every way, we are looking forward to become the best haven for seniors, post retirement. Athulya Assisted Living steps into another year while registering good growth. It fills my heart to know that we are able to improve and provide unique care for the elders in the most senior-friendly environment. All our facilities flaunt the equality of world-class care and comfort under the round the clock watchful eye. Reducing the gap between the quality care and the seniors, the culture of offering that extra-care to check life’s all touch-points continue to prevail as a culture at Athulya. www.athulyaliving.com | 02
  • 5. Athulya Assisted Living, the premium living facilities for elders, determined and focused on redefining the living standards in the senior living facilities while enhancing the overall quality of life. We aim to provide our residents with an opportunity to socially engage and pursue their daily activities or hobbies while their stated and unstated needs are being taken care of. CEO This newsletter discusses the effective communication with the elderly population, the relation between the nutrition and ageing, and imagining ageing with senior-friendly interior designs for a better senior living experience. Greetings to everyone! Ms. Krishna Kavya J www.athulyaliving.com | 03
  • 6. An Year Journey of Athulya Assisted Living 150+ Enquires Establishment of First of its Kind Premium Independent Assisted Living Homes in Mylapore,Chen- nai Received our first Resident Received our Second Resident for Long Stay Filled our First Facility at Mylapore Aug, 2017 Sep-Nov 2017 15 0 Athulya Assisted Living, the first of its kind premium independent assisted living homes in Chennai, turns 2 on this August 9th. Stepping into the second year, with all hopes we strive to enhance our services, increasing the number of facilities all over India. Take a look at our brief journey that elucidates our key moments in this one year.
  • 7. Launched the Second Facility at Arumbakkam, Chennai 264% Increase in Client Reach Registered 60% Overall Growth Received the prestigious “Mayan Award’ for its Quality Excellence in Senior Citizen Care Inaugurated the Third Facility at Vellore. 80% Occupancy Rate 60+ Happy Residents 300+ Facility Visits 2500+ Client Reach Apr-May 2018 June-July 2018 Dec, 2017 Jan-Mar, 2018 606060
  • 8. Better Care Effective Communication Strategies for physical and physiologic factors make this a challenge. Unclear and confus- ing communication can cause the interactions to have more negative conse- quences. Respect is a critical factor when communicating with the elderly population. Condescending attitudes and behaviours to include lack of patience are not acceptable at all. Communicating with the senior members of our assisted living facilities require patience, kindness, understand- ing, resilience, highlighted with care and compassion. By: Teresa I. Gonzalvo (USA), RN, BSN, MPA, CPHQ, ACM-RN Clinical Advisor, Athulya Assisted Living Our healthcare community continues to be faced with ongoing challenges on our communication techniques with our growing geriatric population. Poor commu- nication with this vulnerable population can undermine our efforts to provide person-centered care. In general, the communication process is highly complex and may be further complicated by age, illness, sensory loss, decline in memory and slower processing of information. At an important time when the elderly needs have increased the urgency to communicate with the members of their healthcare team, www.athulyaliving.com | 06
  • 9. Techniques which are followed at Athulya Assisted Living Facility for improving communication strategies are as follows: 1. Sitting face to face and maintaining eye contact. Some of our residents have hearing and vision loss. Reading lips may be critical for them to understand the information we are conveying. Patient and family compliance to treatment regimens increases when done face to face. Maintaining eye contact is one of the most effective forms of nonverbal communication. 2. Avoiding distractions. Giving our residents undivided attention for at least the first 60 seconds, reducing the amount of visual and auditory distractions will allow for a more effective interaction and lasting comprehension. 3. Allowing extra time for conversation. Due to the residents increased need for details and poor communica- tion techniques, lack of focus and illness, our clinical team factor in additional time, not to rush through the discussion. This will allow for a more productive question and answer visit. 4. Listening attentively with no interruptions. Being totally mindful. Good communication is based on active listening. Should be very conscious on what our residents are saying. Many problems and conflicts may be reduced or eliminated just by sincerely taking the time to what our residents are telling us. Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, fully and without judgment. 5. Speaking slowly, loudly and clearly. The elderly person processes information at a much slower rate that the young- er generation. The nursing staffs take enough time as they impart information to assist the patient with understanding and committing to memory. 6. Using short, simple words and sentences. Avoiding the usage of clinical jargon or technical terms. The communica- tion is made in the manner that it is easily understood, using familiar terminology. Sticking to one topic at a time and information overload is neglected as it may confuse the residents. 7. Summarizing the key points and having the resident repeat back the information. This will help the team assess the resident’s level of understanding, whether it is for taking medications, diet or mobility. Repetition and rephrasing are also effective techniques. Having a family member present during this interaction, will help ensure that the instructions are understood. 8. Giving our elderly residents ample opportunity to express themselves and ask questions. Once the clinical team has explained the plan of care, new medications and treatment changes, giving our residents time to clarify the informa- tion given and ask relevant questions will help allay any anxieties that they may still have. www.athulyaliving.com | 07
  • 10. When Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia is a factor, these conditioned residents live in a very different world that we do. To a certain extent, their illnesses have disrupted their brain circuits to the point that they must cope with the world that may not make sense anymore. This may manifest itself as confusion, anger or combativeness. 1. Avoiding arguments with our residents. The important premise to keep in mind is, to not argue or try to correct our residents. We cannot convince our residents that our reality is the true reality. When they say something, they believe to be true, it is their reality. Trying to correct them adds to the confusion and frustration. 2. Validation. Accepting whatever behaviour our patient has and trying to become a part of it. The bottom line is to communicate in simple, succinct terms, with respect and compassion. Being caregivers our roles are to be aware of the plan of care, effectively communicate the goals to the multidisciplinary team caring for our residents so we all are on the same page. 3. Telling them what we are going to do before we do it. This is more important especially if we are going to touch them. It is important for them to know what is coming first so they don’t think that we are harming them. 4. Being careful on the words we use. Many a time, the words we use can influence the feelings of the residents with whom we are communicating with. Communicating when dementia is a factor www.athulyaliving.com | 08
  • 11. Nutrition and Aging Ms. M. Shanmuga Priya B.Sc, PG Diploma in Clinical Nutrition Consultant Clinical Nutritionist- Athulya Assisted Living Aging is a natural process and is characterized by progressive physical, physiological, biochemical and psychological changes. This important process by virtue of physical and physiological changes ultimately leads to senescence, or a decline of biological functions and the person’s ability to adapt to the metabolic stress. Understanding the different nutritional needs and optimiz- ing the dietary intake based on it can prevent nutritional deficien- cies and diet-related diseases in older people thereby improving their quality of life. Though making the correct dietary choices for your body can be complicated, eating right can still be enjoyable and is well worth the small lifestyle changes you may have to make. The first and foremost step in healthy eating as senior is to understand the nutritional needs. These needs may vary from the needs of other age groups, even other seniors and based on number of factors. For instance, many seniors experience reductions in sensory faculties including the senses of hearing, smell and most importantly taste. These sensory deficiencies can lead seniors to make poor choices regarding nutrition and choose foods that may look or taste appealing but contain a number of unhealthy ingredients. It is mandatory to make sure that, the nutritional plan for the seniors consists of optimal amount of the following nutrients viz. Protein, folic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), cholecalciferol (vitamin D), Iron, Calcium, dietary fiber and the optimal amount of fluid intake. Apart from this normal diet, therapeutic diets also should be planned and prepared for the old aged people depending upon their health condition and disease burden. We at Athulya Assisted Living ensure in providing the residents with individualized dietary care and exceptional dining facilities. Our highly skilled and registered dieticians regularly have one-on-one interactions to access our residents personal dietary needs, based on which the culinary experts at plan meals for the residents. With in depth understanding on overarching principles of nutritional require- ments for seniors and by virtue of preparing meals with fresh ingredi- ents based on customized nutritional plans, Athulya Assisted Living improves the health and maintains a state of excellent well-being of all residents www.athulyaliving.com | 09
  • 12. Mr. K. Swaroop Krishnan B.E., P.G.D.M., M.A.,M.Sc Engg. Technical Advisor - Athulya Assisted Living Rethinking Aging with Precise Interior Designs Precise designs within the confines of current homes plans allow the elderly enjoy their independence. Design for Aging involves in remodelling or modelling the homes into a safe and functional one for the elderly. It’s the deal of giving joy to the generation that has treated us thus far. The three main considerations for creating a comfortable atmosphere are flooring, colour and lightning. Fall prevention is a significant aspect of design for aging. Prevention of falls doesn’t pertain to preventing falls but also minimise the effects caused by falls to a maximum extent. Designing for seniors involves Safe Point of Contact (SPOC) that converts all the contact joints including physical and visual points of contacts starting from flooring to lighting into safety factors. The colours and shades used in the design too play a very major role without which the visual aspect is completely lost. High contrast colours can really help someone with poor eyesight and soft pinks and greens can help the elders to feel at peace, while red and orange can improve energy levels. Overall, colour can greatly increase the joy that the seniors feel within their home, so architects add this tool for better atmosphere. Matching levels is a key aspect of design for aging as it smoothens out the transitions from one level or one room to another. It is also mandatory to have proper support at all points of time as and when required. Lighting is also critical because senior’s eyes transition more slowly to changes in light. Instead of more recessed down lights, indirect light such as a wall wash are preferred to increase general lighting. A certain shade of lighting is to be used which has to be the right shade of yellow but crystal clear when it comes to the visibility. Designing a home that allows the elderly to retain their indepen- dence and dignity on a daily basis, it helps to improve their morale and reduces the possibility of depression. www.athulyaliving.com | 10
  • 14. Case Study Bala Subramanyam 84 year old couple joined Athulya, Mylapore for short stay on 14th March’18. During their initial assessments they were diagnosed with chronic illness like diabetic & hypertension. With a complete satisfaction on their stay after a month they extended their stay to another three months. The female had difficulties in her mobility; she even slipped while getting up from her bed. Immediately Athulya clinical team made necessary action and called the Physician. As per the instruction by the physician, the clinical team deployed a dedicated person to assist her. Physiotherapy was also recommended to the female for a period of 3 weeks. This really improved her mobility condition and made her to stand by her own. Regular monitoring and comprehensive holistic care of Athulya has really helped the female to overcome her difficulties. With full heart the couple decided to stay back in Athulya till their last. Athulya- A place of renunciation a definite necessity as life reaches final stage. To suffice a home away Athulya is a home with courteous attention all round. It is a perfect place for peaceful, carefree, healthy, hygienic and pleasant living. Thiyagarajan I can say Athulya is immeasurable and it can’t be compared with any such organisation. It was a unique experience for me. When closely observing their activities I can find that they simple concentrate and focus on health and the issues related to it for seniors. Bhavani Shankar (IAF Pilot ) Athulya ensures all residents set their medicines and food at scheduled times. The emergency call system for residents in their bedrooms and bathrooms makes it a safer environment. The service is outstanding and fulfilling. I have been here for six months and without hesitation can say that I find this place a “Paradise on Earth” Experience of Residents at Athulya Assisted Living www.athulyaliving.com | 12
  • 15. My love towards my profession as nurse to serve the peoples, I’m comfortable at Athulya. I also find that organization has a set of protocols and procedures which are followed by all the staff members. Happy to be part of Athulya Words from our Staffs Jibin Joseph Sangeetha Working at Athulya is such a good experience. It’s very proud that I’m serving to the peoples who served for us once. Athulya is like a next home to me. I won’t be missing Athulya. Sudha The residents here at Athulya are so sweet and they teach me a lot in day to day life. I look after each one of them as my own grandparents. After coming here have learnt to share the love and affection. Dhanalakshmi I can see love in each ones eye at Athulya. Everyone here considers me as their own and guides in a right path. Love, care and affection which I give here come to me back double times. Thank You so much! www.athulyaliving.com | 13
  • 16. A perfect blend of thulasi and pepper leaves this dish a nutritious one. Thulasi is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C. It is also antibacterial, anti viral and anti carcinogenic. Regular consumption of thulasi helps in balancing various bodily processes. Pepper which also has its own benefits of disease fighting vitamins that prevents from cough and cold is an added on punch. Culinary Corner Thulasi Kheer Grind the thulasi leaves with milk (75 ml) to a liquid mixture Crush the cardamom and black pepper using mortar and pestle Boil the milk (450 ml) at medium flame Now add the condensed milk, saffron strands, crushed cardamom mixture and ground thulasi mixture and mix it well. Stir the mixture for 12-14 minutes at low flame Add the ghee roasted cashew, almonds and resins to the mixture. Mix it well. Serve hot/chill. Thulasi leaves- 50 Milk 75 ml + 450 ml Cardamom– 10 Black pepper– 30 Condensed milk Saffron strands– 20 Ghee- 2tsp Cashew nuts– 10 (chopped) Almonds– few (chopped) Raisins– few Ingredients Method www.athulyaliving.com | 14
  • 17. Unscramble the Words Equipments that provides minor care and allows seniors to perform their activities of daily living Written plan of medical services and care a person needs 1. T S A E S D S I C E S I E D V 2. R F A N E L O A P C Creative activity prescribed for its effect in promoting recovery or rehabilitation 3. H O A A L E N U P C A I R T C P O Y T Process in which caregiver helps a senior complete a task using prompts 4. N U E C I G Term used to refer someone who is capable of moving 5. L O A M Y B T A U R Individual who provides personal care to residents, including bathing, dressing and cooking 6. R T N A S T S G I S N A N I U S 1.AssistedDevices 2.PlanofCare 3.OccupationalTherapy 4.Cueing 5.Ambulatory 6.NursingAssistant www.athulyaliving.com |15
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