SANJEEVAN focuses on equipping the community and members of various sections of the society to play a significant role in caring for the elderly, chronically bed-ridden and terminally ill patients. On September 12, a training workshop was conducted on physiotherapy and exercises for 22 caregivers and volunteers of SANJEEVAN at one of the villages—Pillayarkuppam—of Pondicherry. This special initiative aims to practice an integral approach to end-of-life care in Puducherry.
The overall objective of this workshop was to make volunteers and caregivers competent in providing the required care and comfort for patients via physiotherapy and exercises. In the face of disease progression, this would help maintain mobility in patients preventing bed sores and other disease-related degeneration. Besides providing utmost care to patients suffering, this would help in regaining their health to an extent.
Lectures, practical demonstrations, flip charts and detailed short videos on different therapeutic exercises were employed to fulfill this objective.
All palliative care volunteers and caregivers from various villages of Pondicherry, such as Pillayarkuppam, Valluvarmedu and Varkalodai, participated in the workshop. It was facilitated by Mr Sudhakar, who is a physiotherapist at Government Special School in Marakkanam, Villupuram.
The training was conducted as an attempt to establish a process that would (a) introduce caregivers and volunteers to the methods of group learning with demonstrations on physiotherapy exercises; and (b) involve caregivers and volunteers to teach and demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills they acquired in the training to the patients and their families.