The fundamentals of caring


It is afternoon and Sajini MT has two hours of downtime on her job as a nursing attendant at Kottayam, Kerala. This is when the individual she takes care of will get her nap. “She is an elderly woman and is just recovering from surgery after a fall last month. I bathed her this morning. Once she wakes up, I will help her do some light exercises,” she says. Sajini has been on this career for the previous 15 years and has cared for greater than 45 individuals thus far. “It usually takes a few days for me to adjust to the family and vice-versa,” she says.

The function and coaching

Nursing attendants offering major care at dwelling play an essential function within the well being sector. They look after people who find themselves bed-ridden and those that have age-related issues, particularly with mobility. If the individual is admitted in hospital, the attendant can accompany them.

“They are trained paramedics. One can undergo skill development courses like General Duty Assistant (GDA) and Bed Side Assistant (BDA) approved by the Government to be an attendant.Both these courses are for a duration of three months, but these are not mandatory qualifications for the role,” says Vaibhav Tewari, COO of Portea Medical, a house healthcare firm that capabilities in 21 cities throughout the nation. The firm has 2,000 nursing attendants working with them and they’re supplied with a 15-day coaching session after they be a part of the agency.

How nursing attendants are totally different from nurses

  • “Nursing attendants provide care and cannot perform any medical procedures like vaccination. Such medical interventions can be done only by a qualified nurse. An attendant also has to look out for any changes in the condition of the person and alert the family or nurse. A qualified nurse can earn almost twice that of a nursing attendant. But it varies according to the organisation that they work in, their responsibilities and their experience,” says Dr Rahul Padmanabhan, a Coimbatore-based advisor in geriatrics and gerontology, and medical director of Dr Rahul’s Elder Care, which gives a month-long coaching programme for attendants he hires.

Hyderabad-based Life Circle Health Services hires attendants who’ve accomplished the GDA or Home Health Aide Certification programs. “The Health Aide certification course is for three months. For those who have not done these courses, we provide them with a three-month training that equips them,” says Priya Anant, director of the agency. The firm capabilities in 5 cities — Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh and Guwahati — and has about 500 nursing attendants working with them. “We also have a qualified nurse assigned for every 30 attendants to constantly train them to meet the changing needs of their patients,” she says.

For some companies like Life Circle Health Services, the main focus is on geriatric care. Attendants are chargeable for not simply offering treatment and checking vitals of aged individuals, but in addition bathing and grooming them, cooking meals for them and cleansing their room. The price of hiring an attendant is determined by town and the sort of work that they’re assigned to do. “It can vary from ₹600 to ₹800 for a day,” says Priya.

Another space of speciality is youngster and mom care. It is the first focus for Delhi-NCR-based Medfind’s 100 attendants, who supply 12-hour and 24-hour service. “We have nurses who train the attendants. Our attendants are all GDA certified,” says Dr Aashna Treohan Kapoor, co-founder of the corporate. The attendants additionally bear talent enhancement coaching as soon as in 4 months.

Why mandatory

Sajini says that she learnt the fundamentals of caring from a relative who labored as a nurse in a hospital. “I think the most important thing for an attendant is patience and the right attitude,” she says.

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Sucharita Sankar who works as an attendant in Kolkata with Portea has accomplished the BDA certification programme. Her working hours are depending on the requirement of her affected person. “If the patient requires round-the-clock attention, I live with them. Otherwise, I spend the day with them and return home at night.” She has been working with an aged man in Bengaluru for the previous one week. “I check his vitals, feed him, and help him move around the house.”

The affect that such a service has on the members of the family is super. Bindu Alex from Kochi, Kerala, who works in a non-public agency, had an attendant to take care of her bedridden mom. “I did not have the physical strength or the expertise to look after her. I was constantly worried about her health when I was away,” Bindu recollects.

She employed the nursing attendant via a neighborhood personal company. “The attendant helped my mother move on her bed to avoid bedsores, bathed her, and kept her company. She even used to read my mother her favourite books. They bonded well until my mother passed away last year.”

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