Urdu, MirpuriWe offer day care provision which is currently on a gender separate basis. Our main users are elderly Asian men and women who are more comfortable with single sex provision for cultural reasons.
In practical terms, we do find that gender separate provision works well in several ways. It makes it easier for elderly people who may feel embarrassed in a mixed environment about mobility and health problems and issues with continence. It allows for open questions and discussion with health professionals who visit us and may wish to address issues such as obesity and specific forms of cancer. It also means that we can offer appropriate activity and TV viewing.
Day care provision includes
- Light refreshments
- A mid day meal (halal and vegetarian are currently provided)
- Social groups
- Games, TV, access to newspapers etc.
The above activities are core. In most years we have also been able to secure extra funding for activities such as Tai Chi, arts work and day trips.
All of our activities have qualified carers in attendance, who can help as necessary with ‘moving and handling’, toileting and personal hygiene. Sahahra does have some specialist equipment including a rotunda, a hoist and a rise and fall chair.
DAY CARE SESSIONS – TIMES
|Monday||10.00 a.m. to 3 p.m.||Male||Tuesday||10.00 a.m. to 3 p.m.||Female (Drop-in)||Wednesday||10.00 a.m. to 3 p.m.||Male||Thursday||10.00 a.m. to 3 p.m.||Female (Drop-in)||Friday||10.00 a.m. to 3 p.m.||Sweet Meet|
We currently charge a nominal £2.50 per session for users from Derby. This charge will increase from 2014. in view of ‘across the board’ cuts in funding from next April recently announced by Derby City Council.
AREA OF WORK
We mainly serve Derby’s Asian community, currently with a focus on Muslim Pakistani elderly. At stages we have had users coming from outside Derby, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you are isolated.
ASSESMENT & WAITING LISTS
Most of our users are over 60, but we can also provide for younger individuals who suffer issues because of physical deterioration or early onset dementia. Waiting lists may vary according e.g. to which day you want to attend. We have a simple assessment process which is designed to give priority to individuals and their families who have the highest need for our services. This is conducted in confidence, and in a time and location to suit individual and their families. The assessment is normally conducted by our service manager Jangir Khan. We do keep records on our individual users – obviously we need to know about things such as medication. These records are subject to Data Protection legislation and are only used for our own needs, largely to ensure the safety of our users.
Some aspects of growing older can be confusing and frightening for individuals and their families. For individuals, everyday tasks like cleaning that seemed easy a while ago, may now seem just too difficult to cope with, or your memory just is not what it used to be. For carers and families, you feel you ought to be able to cope but inwardly you feel despair. If you are in Derby and want help and advice then please feel free to phone us confidentially. We will also phone you back if you cannot afford the call.
We will initially assess whether we are right organisation to talk to and if necessary refer you on, or offer to call on your behalf. If we feel that we can help directly, then we can either arrange for you to have a confidential interview with us or visit you in your home. We can often give first stage advice about the issues you face and make recommendations about adaptations to houses to make access easier. If you know you need help, but do not know where to begin, our advice is free and we are not going to discuss you with anyone else without your permission.. If you are nervous of making calls to health services or local authority, then we may be able to do this for you.
We are user led. We are a very small organisation, so In practice we always give time to suggestions, criticisms (and praise!) from carers and users on a day to day basis. We also carry out regular evaluations though verbal responses to simple questionnaires. Any users or their carers, are welcome to attend our management meetings.
If you need transport to come, then normally you need to arrange this. If you need advice on mobility issues and ‘wheel chair friendly’ taxis, then please feel free to phone us – we obviously know many of the local providers and may also be able to organise lift shares.
Through arrangement with Social Services we are currently able to provide some free transport for women with mobility problems, mainly from the Normanton and Sinfin areas.
We have a qualified cook who caters for both vegetarian and halal requirements. Sahahra is committed to, and runs events on, healthy eating. We use fresh ingredients and our menu is constructed to use minimal saturated fats and sugar. We have also lessened the use of spices which can harm the digestion such as Chilli. Our meals usually include salad or fruit. Meals vary from day to day but typically include fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes with a flat bread ‘roti’ followed by a dessert.
If you have particular requirements such as a ‘Gluten free’ diet please phone us to discuss your needs so that we can arrange provision.
Our staff mainly talk is English Urdu, Mirpuri, and Punjabi.
HIGH LEVEL NEEDS
If you or the relative you are caring for has been assessed as having a high level of need, then please phone us to arrange an initial assessment meeting – we can come to you if necessary. Where individuals have moving and handling needs that require two carers, we can work with you to discuss these needs with Social Services and establish whether funding from personal budgets and direct payment arrangements can be used for transport and to employ extra part time care assistance in Sahahra.
Sahahra is a secular organisation with a strong commitment to Equal Opportunities and does not promote any particular religion or political ideology. At the same time we recognise the need to respect individual beliefs. For users with a requirement for prayer, we can provide space (and we also have a small selection of prayer mats). We can also arrange that access is given to appropriate pastoral advice.
We have working relationships with Social Services and health professionals. Obviously older people may grow very infirm towards the end of their lives. End of life planning is important – most older people would prefer to die at home rather than in a hospital. We can help individuals and families to write down their preferences for end of life care.
POLICIES & INSURANCES
We have standard policies on protection of vulnerable elderly, equal opportunities, dealing with complaints, health and safety etc. We display a company risk assessment covering aspects such as safe storage. Our kitchen is subject to standard statutory environmental health checks.