There are over 8.8 million people are affected by dementia in India. Though families are the primary carers, in the advanced stage of the disease, residential care centres play a significant role. Old Age Homes and Hospitals are generally not equipped to handle persons with dementia. Professional and trained caregivers are difficult to find and institutional care support is also woefully lacking and hence the family suffers more than the patients. Cost of dementia care is generally not affordable for due to high patient-caregiver ratio and no subsidies from the government. Therefore, there is a big need to develop an effective support system suitable for India which should be affordable without compromising on the quality of care.
Smriti Gram is a holistic approach to dementia care, offering a supportive and safe environment where patients can lead fulfilling lives. By creating such a facility, Nightingales Medical Trust will set a precedent in India, demonstrating a commitment to innovative and person-centered care for dementia patients. NMT’s plan to establish a 300 bed Dementia Village is a step towards ensuring that individuals from all backgrounds receive specialized care, support, and treatment. 100 beds will be earmarked for persons from economically weaker backgrounds, and care will be provided free of cost.
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Nightingales Medical Trust recognizes the importance of empowering healthcare professionals and caregivers with the knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality care to the elderly and persons with Dementia. The proposed Training Centre will serve as a hub for education, research, and skill development in geriatric and dementia care, and will be technology enabled using AI tools for training. This initiative will contribute to raising the standard of care across the country and will train 1000 caregivers every year.
Reaching out to rural and remote communities is a crucial aspect of NMT's future plans. The Mobile Outreach program will bring healthcare services, awareness campaigns, income generation progams and preventive health directly to the doorsteps of elderly at 15 adopted villages. This initiative will bridge the healthcare gap in underserved areas, ensuring that 700 elders from rural communities receive essential medical attention.
NMT recognizes the unique challenges faced by the elderly living in urban slums. The establishment of 25 Hiriyara vadi centres in urban slums will provide a range of services, including healthcare, nutrition, and social support, tailored to the needs of marginalized seniors. These centers will act as community hubs, fostering a sense of belonging and improving the overall well-being of over 1200 elderly residents.
NMT plans to promote Active Ageing to facilitate social engagement, mental stimulation and physical well-being in 500 elderly online and at 25 old age homes thereby reducing the risk of dementia and other lifestyle diseases.
Recognizing the value of experienced individuals, Nightingales aims to expand the reach of the Jobs 60+ program throughout Karnataka. This initiative will not only contribute to financial security but also empower older adults to stay active, engaged, and independent. By promoting age-inclusive employment practices, the Trust is setting an example for other organizations to follow.
Digital literacy is essential in today's digital age. NMT’s digital literacy program will enable 100 older adults every month to learn to access information, services, and stay connected with their loved ones through digital devices. It will foster independence and enhance the quality of life for seniors.
One of the most significant challenges facing the elderly is abuse, be it physical, emotional, or financial. Elders Helpline 1090 services in Bangalore will be strengthened. This will safeguard the rights and dignity of seniors through legal
support and awareness campaigns to create a
safe environment for Senior Citizens.