Happy and Prosperous New year to all the friends and well-wishers of Care Unlimited. May the festive season bring all the happiness in your life. Taking this opportunity to share a good news - our philosophy about non-critical support service and the associated model has been published in November issue of "Your Health" an Indian Medical Association publication.
The Heritage Tram tour - The lesser known service of Kolkata Tram Company allowed us to take our elders down the memory lane in the comfort of private AC tram coach. The nostalgia associated with moving tram was enhanced by the journey through Presidency College, Medical college, Star theater, Thantania Kakibari... Kindled the old memories... Santanu and Saswati built the ambiance through appropriate lyrics and melody, and soon everyone else joined in including the tram conductor... The added attraction was Santanu's commentary as we passed notable places and Sudeep organizing singara from Putiram, Shau's chop and Nakur's sandesh to give us a flavour of the famous age old food joints... A lovely late afternoon outing with a different flavour to cherish the slight chill in the air...
Pujo porikroma 2017 - This was the day we all were looking forward to for a long time. After the success of puja porikroma last year, the expectations were high. We had some hiccups in the beginning due to pre puja traffic, and had a slight delayed start.
But once we got everyone together, it was a fun all the way. Everyone was glad to see each other in the same bus. The snail pace was not a bother, as the melody from Saswati and others filled the bus. Requests for songs kept pouring in... We saw some amazing work of art in the pandals. Stopped at Ballygunge Cultural, where everyone got down to see the durga idol. Samaj sebi pandal was at stones throw, some ventured there as well. Then was the next phase of pandal dorshon, followed by lunch at our office. The home-cooked food had all enjoy the meal without inhibition. It was immense pleasure to see everyone happy - enabling them with a nice start to the festive season.
The heat in the month of May definitely did not call for an outdoor activity. But a series of 3 drama by reputed groups at P C Chandra Gardens interested many members of our extending family. They chose the drama of their liking - and enjoyed the evening of their choice. Thanks to PC Chandra Garden for extending their invitation to our seniors.
We got our extended family together on the occasion of basanta utsav this weekend. There was a bit of abir and a lot of flowers to make the evening colourful. Great songs and recitations were accompanied by home made snacks. Performance of our seniors clearly demonstrated their zeal for these gatherings. The surprise attraction of the evening was a homely magic show that stunned all of our elders. They enjoyed observing right in front of them tricks that defied logic. The mood across the room indicated everyone was already in the spirit of Holi.
First day outing for our extended family. We all went to Ecopark after having a brunch at home. We all reached there around 1:30pm. Spent a wonderful time at the butterfly park. Watching their different metamophosis phases live. The butterfly research team honoured our elderly by releasing a couple of butterfly free - they just got out of the pupa today.
The battery operated carts took them all around the park.
Our final stop was Ekante cafe, on the waterside, for a cup of coffee and light snacks. We are overwhelmed to see all of them so happy. Our Christmas present to all of them.
May Christmas and the new year be full of fun and love for all our well-wishers as well.
One of our elders decided to celebrate her daughter-in-laws birthday by treating the residents of Tollygunge Home with a lunch. We talked with the happy group of elderly to understand how they spend time and enjoy their life together. Some are engrossed with their own creativity, some volunteering in running the office. But one common thread - all who are capable does their own chores, and all are enjoying together in the huge piece of greenery in the heart of south Kolkata. the 100 plus year old buildings beside the pond full of ducks adding to the grandeur of the place.
Age is no bar to have fun, neither is weather or health. It is all about the mind-set. Lot of our elders proved it once we were able to kindle their desires - having phuchka on the roadside after years, going for a walk in the neighbourhood, mingling with the kids, going to Am-utshov to celebrate the mango season, going out just for a cup of coffee (first fun outing in several months - getting a break from going out only for medical reasons), or simply fulfilling a long standing wish of wearing a helmet.
You do not need to plan big or think big - small things still matter a lot to them. We at Care Unlimited wish that our effort continue to be rewarded with these smiles.
A professor wanted to collect his pension physically as he wanted to continue to meet the people there. Collecting the pension from AG Bengal meant spending the whole day - submitting the documents, taken token, waiting for hours for his turn to collect the cheque. But he used to enjoy all these and considered this as a welcome outing with his wife.
As years passed, and he grew close to 80, waiting for the whole day without proper food was no longer fun. Moreover, he stated having challenges with signing documents. Thus completing the paper-works also became a challenge. However, changing to modern way of direct deposit to bank meant filling out a lot of form (not an easy task any longer), getting photos and signature attested by gazetted officer (older contacts are no longer working) . Thus the change posed a significant challenge in execution - and they continued to go to AG Bengal monthly to collect the pension. Once a pleasure trip is now a source of tension and anxiety.
Our team helped them to solve this problem, arranged & filed the papers on their behalf. We are rewarded with the relief of this elderly couple that they no longer need to make the monthly dreaded trip all the way to AG Bengal.