Care Home for Mentally Retarded Persons
The project was conceptualized in the budget declaration 2010-2011 by Government of Rajasthan. Government felt the need to establish a care home for mentally retarded persons with a capacity of 250 residents in the divisional headquarters, Jaipur and Jodhpur. To bring this deceleration into action the government selected Blind Peoples Association, Ahemadabad to run the project at Jodhpur under as per सहायता अनुदान नियम 1972 क उप नियम (ख ) ( Help grant rule 1972 क Sub rule (ख ) ). The Care home was started in May 2012 and initially 16 mentally retarded persons were admitted. It currently has strength of 92 mentally retarded persons and staff providing 24*7 care services.
The center is currently being run in the premises of Nari Niketan (Home for Marginalized women) which is a government set up as permanent residential home is under construction. As the current center is operated in a government set up which is also surrounded by other government institutions and police station, it offers a very safe environment.
The care home provides 24*7 services to the residents. The services needed for intellectually challenged persons are as follows -
1. Food: - Hygienic and nutritious food is provided to the residents. The food is made in controlled environment in the mess by experienced kitchen staff. Special food is also provided to sick residents as per doctor’s advice
2. Medical aid: - Experienced Nurses are appointed to take care of the medical needs of the persons. The care home has a well managed system of storage and timely distribution of medicines. The center also operated a van 24*7 which is used in the times of medical emergency.
3. Dormitory: - The center has separate dormitories for male and female residents. Every resident is provided with a separate bed and each room has its own lavatory.
4. Education: - The Care home also takes care of the intellectual development of the residents which is the important job. The aim of the Care home is to make residents vocationally active and engage in jobs according to their intellectual and physical abilities. For this the institution has deployed special educators and psychologists who work together for development of residents.
The activities at care home are carried out by a team of 32 persons round the clock. The table at right shows the number of staffs at care home. The staff works in shifts in male and female wing respectively..
INCHARGE CUM WARDEN
SUPPERVISOR (M) CUM SP. EDUCATOR
0 to 18
0 to 18
In a facility comprising approx 100 residents, taking care of their health and safety is challenging. To tackle with this challenge we have taken following steps for the management of health and safety of residents.
1. Residents are categorized based on their IQ level and previous health records and they are under constant watch of caregivers and nursing staff.
Periodic checkup of residents is conducted by dentists, physicians, psychologist and psychiatrist etc.
Children with terminal illness or with malnutrition are kept under supervision of a single caregiver. These specially appointed caregivers take care of all the requirement of the resident including medicine and food as prescribed by doctor.
Constant checkup of the food is conducted in the mess; sick children are provided food as per recommendation of doctor.
The process of storage and distribution of medicine is properly documented (Medicine distribution log) and streamlined. Medicines are distributed to children by nurses with the help of caregivers as per prescription which is reviewed by a nurse and supporting staff.
A separate medicine distribution log is maintained for temporary medicines.
Sick children are referred to doctors with a slip containing the symptoms being noted by trained nurse. Thereby helping doctors in best possible diagnosis.
If residents are admitted in hospital, caregivers appointed to take care of resident at hospital.
Staffs are oriented by nurses in taking care of their own health while dealing with sick residents.
A water filter has been installed to get hygienic water all the time.
The beds of the residents are customized from sides which will arrest their fall in sleep.
The first floor of the facility has been installed with steel grills, thereby adding to their safety. The entry and exit is being monitored by a security guard and residents are accompanied by caregivers if they are out.
The electrical switches have been uninstalled.
Hyperactive kids are always kept in vigil and younger residents are not mixed with them.
Supervisor and senior staff regularly check the standards of personal hygiene of children and works with special educators to improve them.
Nursing staff also assist caregivers in dealing with sick children.
Residents are given drinking water in clean tanks.
Utensils are washed thoroughly in a 3 way process: 1. wiping with clean water 2. Cleaning with soap based water, 3. Wiping with clean water.
1. Mixing of male and female residents as well as staff is selectively and under observation.
2. Caregivers and security guards watch over entry and exit gates.
3. The rooms of the residents are regularly checked for any stolen food or potential harmful objects.
4. Log of every person is recorded upon his entry and exit of facility.
5. Corporal punishment of residents is banned.
6. Caregivers are assisted with psychologists while dealing with hyperactive children.
Daily routine time table
Waking up residents and helping them in cleaning rooms
Brushing and toilet chores
Preparing residents to be sent to hospital for checkup and distributing medicines
Normal bath/sponge bath
Drawing and craft class
Distribution of medicine
Singing and dancing
Prayer and meditation
Preparation for sleep
The following table provides details of activities happened at care home since the inception of program
· An announcement was made by SJ & E officials at seminar on CBR in Jodhpur that the Department would partner with BPA to run Care home for mentally retarded persons in Jodhpur.
· Necessary order was passed to hand over the work to BPA.
· Four rooms were allotted in the Nari Niketan building.
· Conducted survey of Mentally Retarded persons in Jodhpur covering all major slums.
· Conducted interview of staffs and warden.
· Operations started at Care home, initially 16 persons got admitted.
· Special educator was hired to work with mentally disabled persons.
· Activity planning for residents was done.
· Teaching learning material was brought for the residents.
· MR persons were taken to Mandore Garden for picnic.
· Mrs. Aditi Mehta, Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of Rajasthan visited Care home for program monitoring.
· 70 Mentally retarded children (35 male and 35 female each) based at Govt. Care home, Jaipur were transferred to Jodhpur care home.
· Counseling and interview of every new resident was done to know his/her immediate needs.
· Conducted interviews for new workers at MR home.
· Rooms of the top floor were issued by the government.
· Separate wings were created for male and female residents.
· Residents were divided by special educators as per their categories i.e. mild, moderate, severe and profound.
· A seminar on ‘Management of care home for Mentally Retarded persons’ was conducted at Hotel Sri Ram International. Officials from Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and other departments participated. Mrs. Aditi Mehta (ACS, SJ & E Govt. of Rajasthan) was Chief Guest with special guests Mr. Hens Welling (VISIO), Dr. Bhushan Punani (Executive Director-BPA Ahmedabad), Mrs. Nandini Rawal (Project Director-BPA Ahmedabad), Usma Das (Special Educator- MR) .
· Hon. Chief Minister of Rajasthan Shree Ashok Gehlot and Dept. of SJ & E minister Shree Ashok Bairwa visited center on September 16, 2012.
· Ganesh Festival was celebrated for a span of 10 days.
· A vehicle was purchased for the care home.
· Residents were taken for education tour at Mandore Gardens.
· A dental camp was organized in which assessment of oral health of residents was done. Later, it becomes a regular feature with weekly camp.
· Diwali festival was celebrated at center.
· Residents were selected to participate in block level sports meet for CWSN at Bhopalgarh block.
· New year celebration
· Vivekanand Jayanti
· Republic day
· Training of care home staff at BPA, Ahemadabd
· Visit of Vimal ben from BPA, Ahemdabad
· Picnic at ummed and mandore gardens
· Holi celebrations
Honorable chief minister of Rajasthan Shri Ashok Gehlot visited care home along with Minister of social justice and empowerment Shri Ashok Bairwa. Chief Minister met residents of center and took info on the services and programs being run. He met Dr Geert van Etten and Dr Hans welling and was happy to see the commitment of the organization in inculcating standards and practices of developed world.
Government, non government officials and staff of care home attended one day workshop on “Management of care home for mentally retarded persons” at SVF office. Experts from Holland and BPA Ahmadabad shared their valuable expertise on the topic.
Residents learn their culture by celebrating festivals at the center. The picture on the left shows residents celebrating ganpati festival in which they deployed idol of ganpati for 9 days in care home. Each day they participated in special prayers and learning from special educators about the festival. At right residents are celebrating diwali.
Republic day was celebrated by staff and residents with zest and vigour. Many dignitries and stakeholders of the society were amazed to see the performances by residents showing their hidden capablities. The residents performed itesuch as group exercise, song and dance based on nationalistic themses.
1. With proper medical intervention preparing medical profile of every resident.
2. Capacity building of staff.
3. Improving infrastructure of the building as per needs.
4. Achieving sanctioned operating limit of 250 residents and required staff.
5. Preparing a comprehensive education & rehabilitation plan for every resident.
6. Setting up a vocational training center for skill building of residents.
Shared Vision Foundation
290-291, Manji Ka Hattha, Nr. Suncity Hospital Paota, Jodhpur (Rajsthan)
Contact : + 91 9166849353