A fertilized egg normally has 23 pairs of chromosomes. Down syndrome occurs as a result of the presence of an extra chromosome 21 at conception. Having this extra copy of chromosome 21 changes the body’s and brain’s normal development. Most children with Down Syndrome have mild or moderate mental retardation. Mental retardation is a disability that limits a person’s intellectual abilities as well as the behaviours that people use to function in their everyday lives. People with Down Syndrome may also have delayed language development and slow motor development, which is the ability to use their muscles. Although individuals with Down syndrome tend to experience some health problems throughout their lives, medical advances have increased their life expectancy and quality.
One faces sorrow, anxiety and anger while dealing with a Down Syndrome child who is a kin or a relative. As they need constant surveillance, having such patients at home can be trying and frustrating as parents have to then put their own careers, health, and mental well-being at stake to simply fulfil basic chores of their child. Such patients need extra care and patience to be dealt with. Assisted living is a suitable option for patients with Down syndrome who need some type of help or supervision (such as medical assistance or guidance) but can manage most daily activities on their own.
V-Golden Age Health & Mediecare (India) Pvt. Ltd. is one of its kind facility, an assisted living home offering step-down care for the aged as well as all those with a life-limiting illness, injury or in need of a short-term rehab after an accident. What makes the facility unique is its commitment to the cause and a refreshing approach of providing specialized attention and assistance, emotional and physical security, social companionship, a sense of belonging within the comforts of a homely atmosphere.
Our Down Syndrome management includes:
Helping with ADL: Activities of Daily Living (ADL) are self-care activities of the patient that he no longer perform without assistance. Washing, dressing, grooming, toileting and eating. In addition taking care of the patient’s medication and physical exercise.
Communication: It is important to understand what the patient needs to express even if he may not be able to put it into words. Communicating with them is a task of patience with words and sentences to be spoken slowly and clearly. Our caregivers have mastered this art to make the patients comfortable.
Activities and Entertainment: As the memory and alertness span of these patients is very low, they need to be kept occupied constantly into one thing or another to prevent irritability and irrational behaviour in them. Our attendants constantly strive to keep the spirits of these patients high to keep them active.