Shibani goes home after fifteen years in a hospital
Shibani (50 years approx), was a resident of Mallick Phatak, Howrah. She first showed signs of mental problems in her late teens. The symptoms aggravated after her marriage. She is a mother of two sons. Shibani had taken sporadic psychiatric treatment for a few years, but it did not help her much.
When her chronic Schizophrenia worsened she was admitted to the Govt. Mental Hospital. She continued to stay there for fourteen years.
She began to get better but needed psychosocial rehabilitation. As she didn't know of any family who could support her, she was referred to the Paripurnata Half-way home.
When she was admitted to the home, she had a vague speech pattern, suspiciousness and other similar symptoms.
At Paripurnata Halfway Home, she underwent the residential rehabilitation program. It comprises pharmacotherapy & counseling, occupational and socio-cultural therapies.
She was provided free of cost accommodation, food, clothes, and medicines.
Initially, she was quite incoherent and could not talk much about her husband and her sons. With time, she opened up and started giving out some information about her family.
The representatives of Paripurnata visited the address given in her hospital records. They found that her husband was living alone in a makeshift home on the roadside. He was unemployed, disheveled and emaciated.
He gave the details of their older son who lived with his wife in Thakurpukur and worked as a rickshaw puller. The team from Paripurnata contacted him. He came to visit his mother and promised to take her home once her condition stabilized.
Shibani continued to suffer from hallucinatory incidents. The staff of Paripurnata worked hard with her for her rehabilitation. She gradually got better and her condition was in control with medication.
Shibani is now back home with her son. The half-way home keeps in touch with her to make sure she is fine and healthy.
**Without the support and care of Paripurnata's staff Shibani would have spent all her life in the Govt. Mental hospital. The care and treatment she received have helped her return to her family.
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What the beneficiary gets
Paripurnata runs a half-way-home for patients who suffer from mental illness. This home provides the patients with a safe shelter and rehabilitation and helps in their re-entry into their families.
One unit of donation to this program will cover the salaries of the caretakers and staff for the care of one resident of the halfway home.
The half-way-home is a temporary place, where the patients stay at for a small period.
Screening of potential residents is carried out by a series of interviews with the candidate at the mental hospital. The information regarding the candidate's present condition is sought from the caregivers. On being selected, the patients are asked to come to Paripurnata for a couple of hours for a planned stay on a fixed date to see for themselves the environment of Paripurnata and meet the house staff, administrative staff and present residents. A sub-committee for monitoring the psychosocial rehabilitation process takes the final decision.
Paripurnata's rehabilitation programme offers pharmacotherapy, occupational therapy, non-formal education, and counseling.
Women also re-learn cooking, cleaning, shopping and other skills needed for daily living. They are regularly taken out for picnics, tours, and other social gatherings for developing social skills.
The duration of the planned stay is usually for 2-3 years. As the patients get rehabilitated, they are reunited with their families under the guidance of a professional counselor. Regular follow-ups oversee the re-entry after they return to their homes.
Follow-up program entitles regular home visits, family counseling and family meets. In case of relapse, they are re-admitted to the Home for short periods.
The duration of the follow-up programme is for three years.
The duration of time for which the patients stay at the half-way Home sometimes even go up to 9-12 years.
Out of the 201 number of patients who have been admitted to the home, the program has helped in the rehabilitation of 165 patients till March 2011.
When you donate to the program, you will help an underprivileged patient with mental illness get access to care and rehabilitation.
Paripurnata Half-Way Home
5 October, 2021
A cheerful, safe and hygienic ambience provides the best therapy!
At the beginning of the period (1st January 2021), there were 20 residents and as of 30th June 2021, we have 22 of them. Quite a few of them were fit to be discharged. They couldn’t be sent home, due to severe disruption of trains and other transports as a result of Covid-19 related restrictions. Similarly, new inductions were also affected. During the period under review, our achievements sadly were to a great extent, dependent on the unpredictable nature of the pandemic. No milestones as such! But we were able to keep all our resident-beneficiaries and the frontline caregivers totally safe from the raging infections. We could justifiably pat ourselves on the back!\n","section":"Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months","question":"
\n 1. Please tell us what activities you have undertaken in this program in the last 5-6 months.You can refer to following pointers as\n
- Any milestones achieved? \n
- Any major events? \n
- Areas covered (cities, states, regions etc) \n
- Number of people impacted? \n
- How were they impacted or helped? \n
Our investment in health care measures continued during this period. Visitors to our premises were strictly controlled. Our basic objective was to keep our resident beneficiaries safe from infection. The Psychiatrist and the physicians regularly visited to examine the patients, prescribed medicines and provide counselling. Once the vagaries of the Covid-19 related restrictions are relaxed to the required level, our first aim would be to send the stable beneficiaries to their families. Then we’d induct new patients in collaboration with the government mental hospitals.\n","section":"Challenges faced and next steps","question":"
\n 2. Challenges in utilising funds/carrying out operations. Please refer to following points for reference:\n
- Any challenges faced? \n
- Any covid related hurdles? \n
- How did you overcome it? \n
- What is your goal/aim/activity plan for the next 6 months for this program? \n
Story from the ground: Dipika Sikdar (35 yrs) is originally from Baruipur, WB. Her mental problem started 7/8 years back. She was treated in many places. Her mother got her married but had to bring her back as her illness was evident to her in-laws’ family. Finally unable to control her, her brother admitted her to Calcutta Pavlov Govt. Mental Hospital on 19.07.2019.She was brought to Paripurnata Halfway Home on 13.11.2019 for psycho-social rehabilitation, where she is going through the residential programme, comprising pharmacotherapy, counselling, occupational and socio-cultural therapies. Her family was traced and her brother visited her at ParipurnataPostscript: On 9th July 2021, Dipika was resettled with her family, with the help of the local Panchayet Pradhan, who assured the family of all help and assistance, as required.\n","section":"Stories from the ground","question":"
\n 3. Any beneficiary impact story you would like to share?\n"}],"images":["https://cdn.givind.org/static/images/update/a7cbce26-87a9-4039-a1d9-12c76fe39be6.jpeg"]}
23 March, 2021
A cheerful and hygienic ambience provides the best therapy!
At the beginning of April 2020, we already were deep in to the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic. The world came crashing down around us. Our primary concern was the well being of our residential beneficiaries. We were forced to take some stringent measures to insulate them against the raging contagion. Most of our activities came to a standstill, barring medical check-ups, medication and counselling. No new inductions and very limited releases were made. Routine therapies could not be held for obvious reasons like near total disruption of public transportation system. Especially, the total withdrawal of local trains impacted the attendance of our staff as most of them commute by these trains.
We had to drastically change our staff shift duty pattern. The front-line care-givers were staying here for six weeks at a stretch by rotation. Other staff members, who do not live very far from the place of work, resorted to cycling. Apart from masks, sanitizers and hand-washes, we invested in spraying / fogging equipment. Visitors were initially prohibited and later restricted. The resident beneficiaries were totally segregated from outside contact.
We are proud to report, that we have been able to keep our wards safe and in fairly good health and cheerful spirit. A few of them, who were on the verge of being discharged, could not be released as their families were unable to travel to take them back. Neither could our staff escort them to their families.
Aided greatly by these few residents, the other residents were kept gainfully active by participating in activities like yoga, singing, painting, dancing, playing indoor games like ludo, chess and carom-boards etc. Special sessions were held on reading of daily newspapers. Music system and the library facilities were available.
Also, the residents by themselves planned and staged a few social and cultural events, which included singing, recitations, dances and reading of essays. Supervision by the staff members was minimal.
These were viewed by the staff and members of Paripurnata in rapt attention through the help of CCTV monitors down stairs and were much appreciated for their ingenuity! The significant programmes are mentioned below :-
i) Rabindra Jayanti. Birth anniversary of the poet Tagore on 8th May 2020.
ii) Independence Day on 15th August 2020.
iii) Diwali on 15th November 2020.
At the beginning of the period under review on 1st April 2020, there were 22 residents and as on 14th December 2020 we have 20 of them. They were released a few days back as their families live not too far from Kolkata.
5 August, 2020
Mental health needs more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation
Mental health needs more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation
This program includes the outlay towards the health and hygiene related services, like medicine & clinical / diagnostic tests, and the sanitary and hygienic aspects of the premises. The honoraria for the Psychiatrist, General Physician, Psychologist and Caregivers (nursing assistants) are also included under this head.The last cycle, ending 31st December 2019 was one of the ‘busiests’. During the period under review, they observed the Independence Day, visited a few prominent Durga Puja pandals, celebrated Diwali, Bhai-duj and X’mas, and actively participated in our annual get-together along with the well-wishers and friends of Paripurnata.
19 November, 2019
Happily engaged in multiple activities
Happily engaged in multiple activities
22 July, 2019
Some of the activities, during the period (1st January to 31st March 2019) are given below :-
Thirteen OPDs were conducted for the beneficiaries, who were rehabilitated earlier (numbering 67) and were given cost-free medicines.
Fourteen beneficiaries were inducted.
Six beneficiaries were rehabilitated.
The management of NK Bhavan, close neighbors and well-wishers of Paripurnata, organized a cultural programme on Netaji-Jayanti, 23rd January 2019, in which our beneficiaries participated in a pro-active way. Their programme was highly appreciated.
Students of Rotaracts Club, Heritage Institute of Technology joined our beneficiaries and staff in the Holy fun and frolic on 21st March 2019.
Story from the field
Smt. Sajia Nawaz (23 years) is from an urban slum area in Kolkata. She is the second of three siblings. She studied in a free government school and cleared Higher Secondary School Exam, West Bengal.
She has been suffering from epileptic fits, since she was 3 years old. The malady remained undiagnosed for quite some time. Later, her other symptoms like severe tantrums and violence started manifesting. She was treated sporadically but due to financial hardship, her parents were unable to continue with her medication and her problems continued. Unable to control her, she was admitted to Calcutta Pavlov Governtment Mental Hospital on 2nd May, 2018.
She was brought to Paripurnata Halfway Home on 12th July 2018 for psycho-social rehabilitation. At the Halfway Home, she is going through the residential rehabilitation programme comprising pharmacotherapy and counselling, occupational and socio-cultural therapies.
Her family has been contacted. The family is quite positive about accepting her. She suffers from Schizo-disorder and behavioural problems. She is adept at making up stories and makes them sound believable. Her psychiatric symptoms are still very strong, which needs to be taken care of.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||84|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||25|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Kolkata|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||3063172|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||765793|