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Saturday, April 1, 2017
Red Cross NMT Dementia DCC Hyderabad
Red Cross-Nightingales Trust Dementia Day Care Centre, Hyderabad
On 31st March 2017 Nightingales Medical Trust of Bengaluru and Indian Red Cross Society, Telangana State Branch started a Dementia Day Care Centre in Banjara Hills. It is the largest such facility having a capacity to serve fifty persons. The ultra-modern day care is equipped with physiotherapy, board games, books, rest rooms, siesta corner, Telemedicine, teleconferencing, transport etc on the physical side; and physiotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, dementia care givers, dementia experts on staff side. Red Cross has provided infrastructure, funds and reaching out while NMT takes care of personnel and management aspects. One could witness decade's experience of NMT in planning, equipping and providing this centre.
The centre would offer:
Transportation from and to the centre; Physiotherapy and re-habilitation; Group / individual Games; Music therapy; Reality orientation; Reminiscence therapy; Outings and excursions; Hobby development
If anyone is interested in volunteering, he can teach, sing or entertain, help in administration, sponsor some patients etc
In the same floor there is a full-fledged AYUSH Wellness center with experts in Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, Nature cure etc all under one roof.
Mr Mital and I attended in the inaugural function. Both the facilities were inaugurated by the Governor of AP and TS, Sri ESL Narasimhan. Red Cross and NMT signed a formal MOU in this regard.
Mrs Radha Murthy, Trustee NMT, said dementia is becoming an epidemic and support facilities are negligible. She briefly gave details of NMT activities for the past two decades which included: 88 bed Dementia residential care facility, Active aging centre, Enrichment centre, Helpline supported by police, second career activity bridging employers and job seekers, RRTC engaged in capacity building, website called Indiaelderconnect etc.
The Governor praised the services of Nightingales Medical Trust & Red Cross. He said that it is indeed a Red Letter Day for Telangana. We were also told that the Day care centre is just the beginning and very soon we may expect, near Hyderabad, full-fledged residential care home too. He repeatedly emphasized that the Government of Telangana is very serious in improving health care services in the state. We should expect certain positive changes soon. He strongly requested media not to exaggerate minor shortcomings but to highlight several good things that are happening. One thing I can straight away point out happily: The meeting started ON time – something rare when politicians are involved!
Contact: Red Cross-Nightingales Trust Dementia Care Centre Adjacent to Gymkhana Club Road No 2 Banjara Hills Hyderabad 500033