Sep 28, 2020

Good news from those we care for

Dear friend,

You are subscribed to the news of the project "Nurses for old and disabled people in Russia" of the charitable foundation "Enjoyable Ageing". We are pleased to present a new report about this project.

First of all, we want to thank you again for your donation! Thanks to your help, we were able to dedicate even more care and attention to the elderly and disabled, helping them to believe in themselves and reevaluating their own capabilities. We continue with our everyday duties routinely, however in this report we would like to pay special attention to all the great achievements of our dear those we take care of and the carers themselves.

 

The talent must be appreciated

In Russian nursing homes live a lot of cheerful and talented people. They are engaged in embroidery, knitting, clay modeling, glass painting, origami and other crafts.

However it often happens that there is no one who would appreciate their handicrafts. And they do want to know what other people think about it, to feel their art appreciated and loved. And who knows, perhaps someone would like to buy such a wonderful toy like the one you see in our photo.

That is why we organized a special group on Facebook, where the residents of care facilities could upload photos of their works and participate in a competition. We chose the best authors, received many positive comments and met found people who would like to buy these unique handicrafts.

For those who are new to arts and crafts, we organized a special master class on drawing a rainbow tree. As you can see, the participants from more than 10 nursing homes used special pointillism technique to draw it.

 

Miracles are happening

We are sincerely happy when elderly people are getting well being cared for by the professional employees in the nursing homes. This is a real reward for us!

One woman, who is 68, could not walk. But thanks to well-educated care specialists you help us hire and their devotion, she is able to walk now. The nurses taught her how to walk at first in her room, helped her do exercises, supported and encouraged her, and told her stories about her friends’ everyday life, so that she did not feel lonely. They were there for her.

During the period of pandemia and for the first time in several years, she walked out into the hall herself, and some time after she was able to go out into the street accompanied by a caregiver. Soon after she began to walk on her own. Today she helps others as well: she pushes a wheelchair of those who cannot walk around the territory of the nursing home and promotes the idea of active leisure among them.

 

No boundaries for new impressions

Not many elderly people in our country were able to travel throughout their lives. In their youth they had to work hard, they didn’t have enough money and the borders were closed. As a result, many of our elderlies have never left their hometown and country.

We decided to share with them a piece of our happiness which we have when we are traveling. That’s why we have launched a new project aimed at showing them the most beautiful cities in the world.

The first city to virtually tour around was Istanbul. And everyone really enjoyed this first experience. Altogether we walked through the mosque of Sultan Suleiman the Great and its territory, the city and the Egyptian market.

And there are still many different events and online walks to the most interesting places which are waiting for us and which we will definitely tell you about in the next reports!

We wish you good luck in everything!

Thank you for being with us and letting all these small yet vastly significant things happen in the lives of the elderly and disables people in Russia!

 

Always yours,

The "Enjoyable Ageing" team.

www.starikam.org

Sep 24, 2020

Timely assistance to nursing homes

Dear friend,

You are subscribed to the news of the project “Surviving COVID-19 in Russian Nursing Homes” of the charitable foundation “Enjoyable Ageing”. We are pleased to present a new report about this project.

First of all, we want to thank you again for your donation! Thank you for supporting us during the pandemic. We are happy to save lives together with you!

We have already helped and continue supporting nursing homes infected with COVID-19. We supplied the facilities with medicines and protective equipment, provided psychological assistance for the staff and hired the necessary personnel. Due to the complete isolation the residents of the facilities and staff couldn’t go to the shops or receive parcels from relatives. We decided to support them and organized the delivery of juices, and some nice snacks like sweets and tea to cheer them up. Tea drinking is an opportunity to steal a moment for some rest, so with enough supplies of this kind people in nursing homes could feel they are not alone.

It is possible to say that COVID situation expanded the geography of the foundation activities and today we are also supporting nursing homes in the regions we’ve never helped before: Karelia, Chuvashia, Mordovia, Mari El, Tyva, Penza and Magadan. Previously, there were not enough resources and funds for this, but thanks to the financial assistance of the caring people we were able to enlarge the geography and let more elderly and disables people and specialists feel that we highly appreciate them and always ready for help.

Today the funds and efforts of nursing homes are running out, and the expenses of our foundation have exceeded all the possible limits. However, it is too early to stop. We hope that together we will continue to help elderly and disabled people, supplying the nursing homes with protective equipment, medicines, care products as well as hire the additional staff.

 

Thank you for being with us!

Please, stay healthy and take care!

 

Always yours,

The "Enjoyable Ageing" team.

www.starikam.org

Jun 10, 2020

Surviving COVID-19

Organising video calls and conferences
Organising video calls and conferences

Dear friends,


Thank you for staying with us at this time of hardship. We can feel your support regardless of the physical distances. As you know, because of the novel coronavirus pandemic care homes all over the world have gone on lockdown and stopped allowing visitors — Russia is no exception. But as you might guess, life has not stopped, both outside and inside care homes. And now the shortage of care staff, both competent and compassionate, to meet physical and emotional needs of the residents, is more acute than ever. With this report we would like to show you how we are helping care homes to cope during this period of uneasiness, which actually means you are helping them.

 

People who care

According to the project’s main purpose, we keep hiring additional care staff. What is different now, during the pandemic these people, whose work we pay with your donations, are literally saving lives. 

Many care workers are themselves in at-risk groups or take care of elderly relatives, consequently, they had to self-isolate in their homes. Others have children and, kindergartens and schools being closed, cannot present to work at all or stick to their former rotas. With the majority of state-funded care homes not having surge capacity, staff shortages, evident even before the pandemic, have become drastic and particularly dangerous. In such conditions, care workers hired through this project are not additional any more but essential and provide not the quality of life but life itself.

This holds most true about those who have agreed to work in the care homes where outbreaks of COVID-19 were registered: in Vyazma, Klin and some other sites. As a charity, we do not only pay their heroic efforts but also provide training, supervision and psychological support.

Due to quarantine precautions, care staff now work in two-week shifts and live inside the institution or in specially provided accommodation. In Vyazma care home, which was the first institution with an outbreak, the director managed to bring up staff for two full shifts for the time of lockdown. Seven of the care workers were hired through our project. On April, 16, one of them went to hospital with severely ill residents to provide personal care and support so that stress and unfamiliar environment did not worsen people’s condition even more.

  

Protection

As well as actually paying the wages of care staff, we use your donations to buy personal protection equipment (PPE) and disinfectants to protect them and the residents they care for. PPE includes surgical masks, respirators, surgical gloves, goggles, overalls etc. For those who work with COVID-positive residents PPE is the only way to avoid infection and to carry on with their caring duty. 

Disinfection is also important as it helps protect the residents and staff in ‘clean’ zones — those lucky enough to not have caught the virus. Care homes where outbreaks occurred without them having enough time or resources to stockpile disinfectants and necessary equipment rely on our support with supplies.

 

Video Calls

As we have stated before many times, people do not have only physical needs and for people who live in care homes loneliness and isolation are as dangerous as pressure sores or infections. With personal visits banned for epidemiological reasons, we have launched a campaign “We Stay Near” and connect dozens of volunteers with care homes via video calls so that elderly people do not feel abandoned and deprived of attention.

We provide training for video-volunteers who cater for emotional needs of both residents and staff of care homes. We provide care homes with the necessary equipment for regular video calls - routers, laptops, tabs, software. By April, 4, more than 30 institutions were supplied with stable Internet connection and gadgets. From within care homes, staff have taken responsibility for organising video conferences. It gives them and people they care for, hope, helps build up their emotional resilience, fight loneliness and anxiety.

 

Life is going on

The challenges and fears of the pandemic do not stop people from celebrating what is important to them. To many residents of care homes Victory day is an important celebration and no lockdown could cancel it completely for them. Elderly people from care institutions in Stavropolskiy kray, Novgorodskaya, Tulskaya regions and many others adorned the windows of their rooms with the symbols of the holiday. The decorations were hand-made (because art therapy never stopped for those not affected by the virus) by residents in their rooms sticking to all quarantine precautions.

Some of care home residents witnessed the war, some did not but the feelings they share about the Victory day bring them closer. This year the concert dedicated to the holiday took place online. Well-known artists recorded videos singing the most famous war-time songs. They were presented by actors, loved volunteers and members of the charity’s board Liza Arzamasova and Rodion Gazmanov. The link to the concert was sent to hundreds of care homes all over the country and by evening of May, 9, was opened 1500 times. Where possible, people watched it together in halls; if not, members of staff brought laptops and tabs right into residents’ rooms.

Comforting news from two affected care homes added to the uplifting spirit if the holiday. By May, 9, the majority of hospitalised residents in Seltso, Bryanskaya region, care home are returning from hospital. In Novoslobodsk of Kaluzhskaya region, out of 70 COVID-positive residents 20 are still in hospital but all survived. In Vyazma, the first hard-hit care home is seeing the outbreak to slowly die down.

 

Thank you for staying with us at a moment like this. We appreciate it. Please, take care of yourselves, stay safe and patient. Together we will get over it! And may there always be someone by your side to support you like you support us.

Celebrating the Victory Day
Celebrating the Victory Day
Making a flower crown
Making a flower crown
Little celebrations during the quarantine
Little celebrations during the quarantine
Celebrating the Victory Day
Celebrating the Victory Day
A peaceful garden tea party
A peaceful garden tea party
Celebrating the Victory Day
Celebrating the Victory Day
 
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