NEW DELHI: Healthy Aging India in association with the Rotary Club International and the AIIMS launched a mobile health van to provide a comprehensive healthcare at the doorsteps to destitute elderly people residing in old-age homes in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The mobile van was launched on October 1, which is being celebrated as the International Day of Older Persons.
It will be equipped with a doctor, trained in Geriatric medicine from Ayurveda, a physiotherapist, a nurse and a lab technician, said Dr Prasoon Chatterjee, assistant professor at the Department of Geriatrics, AIIMS. Dr Chatterjee is also the founder president of the Healthy Aging India.
The healthcare, to be provided, includes active screening of non-communicable diseases, management of the same at the doorstep and rehabilitation for age-related diseases like depression, dementia, stroke, osteoarthritis etc, he said.
“The van will complete the circle by providing appropriate referral to the department of Geriatric medicine at the AIIMS in case of need. The Healthy Aging is adopting 20 old-age homes, approximately 1,050 elderly people for providing 360 degree healthcare,” Dr Chatterjee said.
The van will visit old-age homes once in a month, provide free medicines and will be accompanied by senior citizens other than the team, who will provide psychological support to the elderly people, he said.
“We will also take school and college students along in order to sensitise them and also to transfer positive vibration to these older people who have been rejected and excluded from the society,” Dr Chatterjee said.