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When children leave, Aura Elder Care comes to rescue: The story of abandoned parents

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In an era where start-ups primarily focus on generating revenues and pulling down their adversaries, a start-up called Aura Elder Care aims to provide the bliss of happiness to elderly people in their state of isolation.

This noble initiative started by Vikalp Sharma, an Elder Care expert, not only provides homely aids to the old age people, who have been partially abandoned by their children, but also endeavors to bless them with the joys that they eventually deserve.

On being asked about the reason of starting this venture, Vikalp said, “After working in elder care for almost 6 years in India and Australia, I wanted to start this facility in India as many Indian parents are living in isolation and without any support, which might lead to disorders like depression and dementia.”

The service was started in December last year, keeping in mind the psychological imbalances and internal inertia faced by the old age people. Hence, Aura Elder Care provides Intellectual Companionship and Dementia Care.

Vikalp said, “We provide home care facilities to the elderly people by sending our Elder Care Specialists (ECSs), who spend time with them and also fulfill their needs to have a friend, companion and a resource to their elder age.”

“Elder Care Specialists (ECS) accompany the elderly on reading, outings and discussing articles, help them blog about their topics of interest, play games, help them go back to their hobbies / discover new ones, assist with email, Facebook and Skype, and share stories with each other,” he further added.

Apart from all the social and intellectual companionship, ECS also manage elderly people’s medication and read vital signs, which include blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and blood sugar. The specialists are 24*7 available on a phone call and help in monitoring the home situation and can raise a red flag whenever required.

When asked about the kind of facilities that are usually required by the elders, Vikalp said, “It depends on one’s requirement. Most of them are likely to use Technology like learning Mobile phone, I Pad etc. and few of them ask for medical aid.”

Apart from Dementia Care, Aura Elder Care also provides facilities like Health Monitoring, Home Management, Physiotherapy Care, Personal care, day programs etc.

“Elder care at home can often be taxing and rewarding at the same time. Especially with the conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia, a specialized help can do wonders! An ECS is a friend companion and resource to Elderly and Respite for the family,” Vikalp concluded.

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Ways to Keep Your Kids Engaged During Lockdown

Activities for kids at home during this lockdown

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With almost no access to playgrounds and playdates, kids may get bored and here are some ways to keep them engaged. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

The nationwide lockdown has left children under house arrest. During this period, parents should know how to keep their these little energy balls engaged and manage their time effectively.

With almost no access to playgrounds and playdates, kids may get bored easily and this may result in an increase in screen time. Pavit Nanda from Momspresso lists few ways to help keep kids engaged.

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Your kids can spend hours drawing and painting. Pixabay

Art and craft session at hometo keep kids occupied for hours

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Make a schedule – Since schools are closed, it’s important to reinforce what’s done at school, so make a daily schedule for children and ensure they spend some time reinforcing what had been done at school. Give them worksheet or assignments to do.

DIY stuff – Try inexpensive ways to keep kids busy. Give them old CDs, match sticks, unwanted woollen threads, coloured papers, glues, balloons, ice-cream sticks, etc and encourage them to make some creative things out of it.

Flameless cooking – Get them to make their breakfast or evening snacks with easy flameless cooking recipes.
They can make they vegetable sandwich or lime water or fruit chaat or bhel or sweet corn salad.

Clean their toy stock – Ask them to take out all their toys and help them clean and segregate it.

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Encourage your kids to learn cooking. Pixabay

Play with toy collection at home – If you have put away some toys for a period of time because your kid gets bored really fast. It is time to give it to them. Board games, Uno cards, building blocks, playsets, and puzzles are just a few of the good toys that can keep kids engaged for hours. But sometimes they have to be reminded of these toys.

Pretend play – It encourages creativity. Children start by pretending to do everyday activities, they then participate and play with figures/dolls/teddies. They also enjoying role play activity kits like doctor set, kitchen set, beauty kits, etc

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Encourage story telling – show and tell – children are natural at this, creating elaborate fantasies with stuffed animals or action figures. They use their stuff toy collection or animal figure toys to create their own stories.
Set up a playlist of your kids’ favorite jams and let them dance

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It’s time to spend some quality time with children and family and make the best of this opportunity! Create and capture the beautiful moments and make memories for lifetime. (IANS)