Ashirwad program for senior citizens launched by Kauvery Hospital
- The program was launched by Padma Shri
Dr Sirkazhi G Sivachidambaram
- The program aims to cover a multidisciplinary
healthcare service for our senior citizens
- It will help the senior citizens to overcome
the challenges faced by COVID-19 & avail a hassle free health service.
21st December 2020:
The COVID-19 pandemic has paved way for many challenges
in healthcare, and one such challenge has been healthcare for senior citizens.
Owing to the nature of pandemic, senior citizens were locked up at homes,
without any contact from outside world and regular checkups were also
compromised. A lot of cases were reported in the last few months, and many were
taken to health care centers for emergency situations.
This being the scenario, Kauvery Hospital Chennai, one of
the leading healthcare in Tamil Nadu, launched the KauveryAshirwad Program, a multispecialty
geriatric care initiative exclusively designed for senior citizens. The program
includes a wide range of health services and checkups such as Diet counseling,
eye checkups, dental care, Physiotherapy sessions, elder safe home assessment,
ambulance services and home delivery of medicines. Apart from these it also
covers mobile clinics or health checkups at the comforts of their home for
senior citizens thus avoiding frequent hospital visits.
Prof Dr S Sivakumar, Senior Consultant Geriatrics, Kauvery
Hospital says, "Regular monitoring of health for people above the age of 60
becomes mandatory. Especially those with complaints of blood pressure, diabetes, and heart ailments need to keep
their vitals in check at regular intervals. Over the last 6 months, uncontrolled
diabetes and blood pressure levels has increased the mortality by 30- 50% among senior citizens, especially due to the
pandemic. While some have the practice of doing a visit to the hospital for
general checkups, the pandemic has stopped them from doing the same. We have
identified this gap in the senior citizen group and this program will help them
to gain access to comprehensive healthcare."
The launch also had Dr Kavitha Sundaravadanam, Senior
Family Phyisican , Kauvery Hospital and K Way- Editor who spoke about how the
families can make use of this program provide care and safety for the elderly ,
while Dr Oviya Elango Consultant Geriatrics, Kauvery Hospital highlighted on
the concept of mobile clinics exclusively for senior citizens under the
Speaking on the launch of the program Dr Aravindan
Selvaraj, Executive director, Kauvery hospitals said, "Senior citizens in
general have their own challenges in meeting their healthcare needs. And for
those who do not stay with their families, it becomes more complicated to attend
to their medical emergencies or needs. The lockdown phase has reinforced the
need for special healthcare services for the elderly, minimizing their waiting
time at hospitals, regular monitoring of their health and comprehensive
recommendation for their healthy living. We believe this program will benefit
the senior citizens at large, thereby helping them overcome challenges they
face on a day to day basis. This program also highlights our commitment towards
the healthcare for all."
The program will also assist families inplanning a safe environment for the eldery at homes, and also provide them with
a comprehensive health report. Speaking about the initiative Padma Shri Dr Sirkazhi
G Sivachidambaram said, "In today's busy world, families find it challenging to
keep a check on the health of senior citizens at their households. This program
is a timely initiative that will help alot of senior citizens who are finding
it tough to have regular checkups at hospitals and also assist families in
managing the health of the elders at home. I appreciate the team at KauveryHospital
for curating this program for the older section of the society."
The annual package which costs INR 7500, includes four free consultations by
geriatricians, two nursing home assessments, discounts on outpatient
pharmacies, OP lab and radiology services.
KauveryHospitals is 'A new Age Family Hospital' with Multi Specialty Clinical
Expertise and a pioneer in the 'HealthCare Provider' industry, making healthcare
affordable. Kauvery is one of the few corporate hospital chains to successfully
integrate operations into Tier 1 cities after launching into Tier 2 cities. It
is also one of the few hospitals founded by Medical experts with a keen focus
on delivering personalized and specialized health care with warmth.
Kauvery Hospitals is currently a 1500+ bed
hospital group with presence in Chennai, Trichy, Hosur, Salem & Bengaluru
in addition to planned entry in new markets.
Apart from having diverse Multispecialty
tertiary care expertise, Kauvery Hospitals house one of three 'Cardiac Centres
of Excellence in South India'. In today's times where the healthcare industry
is more and more commoditized, Kauvery Hospitals stands tall with its promise
of making medical expertise and technology truly affordable with empathy and
care at every stage of a person's healthcare needs.