Our mission is to train patients and their families with
high-impact health skills to improve outcomes and save lives
Working closely with local partners, we turn hospital hallways and waiting rooms into
classrooms and enable family members to provide care in the hospital and at home.
We met Sureka and her aunts, Ningama and Nangama, during a recent visit
to the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Bangalore. Originally from a district in north-eastern Karnataka, the trio
traveled all the way to Bangalore when the local District Hospital referred
Sureka for more specialized cardiac care.
Sureka and her aunts shared that, before the training, they were not aware
that there are serious warning signs to look out for after the surgery. They
thought post-surgery everything would be better and there would be nothing
else to look out for or for them to do. When we asked Sureka how she felt
about her upcoming surgery, she told us confidently.
Aditi takes care of her husband at home after surgery. She is not literate and was apprehensive about the training program at first. She completed the training, and when our local partners visited them in their rural village in northeast India several months later, she had nearly every word from the training still memorized and had practiced the skills perfectly to her husband’s benefit.
Rural West Bengal, India
“What you have taught me will help me take care of not only my father, but my whole family. I will teach this to my whole village. Teach me everything you can.”
Krishna accompanied his father to the hospital for his open heart surgery.
They live on a farm a day's journey from the hospital. In this photo, he is
practicing how to take a pulse – a skill he learned in the training.
A story told in numbers
Family Members Trained
Reduction in 30 Day Readmissions
Reduction in Anxiety
Reduction in Post-Surgical Complications in
Cardiac Surgery Patients
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