Our own experience, based on years of caring for patients with neuropsychiatric issues, is that people seeking assisted living care and skilled therapeutic care have many of the same needs:
- Treated with respect and dignity
- Engaged in community activities
- Involved in his/her own treatment and living plan
- Cared for by skilled, medically-knowledgeable clinicians and caregivers, working as a team
- Treated with the best available medical and mental health treatment options
You may notice that our list of "needs" seems to go in the opposite order to that of most hospital-model nursing homes; this is not an accident. Unfortunately, most of Sri Lanka’s elderly population
who need care are treated in overcrowded poor quality settings or with the billing system's needs, and not their own, in mind.
Similarly, the families of people seeking caring environments have their own set of needs they are seeking to fulfill:
- Peace of mind about their loved-ones' physical and mental state
- Relief from the time-consuming job of caring for their family members themselves
- Relief from the feelings of guilt which often overcome them when they find they do not have
the physical, emotional, or intellectual resources to personally provide appropriate care for those they love
The big, unstated elephant-in-the-room for families seeking care is the feeling of being a bad daughter or son or spouse, who is not willing or able to put her life on hold to take care of a much-loved family
member. At ‘Suwa Arana’, we do not seek to dismiss this feeling, but to reassure families in everything we do that the choice to let us take care of their family member is a loving, kind, and generous act.