Exposure Visit to Sivapoomi Elders Home

On April 23, 2024, the Higher National Diploma 06 & 07 batch, comprising 18 enthusiastic students, embarked on a meaningful exposure visit under the esteemed guidance of Mr. Rasendiran, the former matron of the psychiatric unit at Thellipalai Base Hospital, and the dedicated oversight of our course coordinator, Mr. V.T. Raju. With a shared commitment to experiential learning and community engagement, we set out on a journey to Sivapoomi Elders Home.

Prior arrangements with Mr. Aaru Thirumurugan, the owner, ensured a warm welcome and seamless integration into the facility’s activities. Our objective was clear: to engage with the residents, communicate with empathy, and undertake practical tasks essential for our skill development.

Upon arrival at 8:30 am, a brief introduction to Sivapoomi Elders Home provided context and insight into its mission and operations. With guidance from Mr. Rasendiran and Mr. V.T. Raju, students embarked on individual case studies, interacting with residents to understand their needs and experiences firsthand.

Throughout the morning, students actively participated in unit preparation and the vital task of checking vital signs, honing their practical skills under the supervision of our dedicated staff members: senior course coordinator Mr. S. Shayuthan, management assistant Ms. M. Beulah, and IT & Marketing Manager Mr. V. Jathushan. Their support and mentorship were invaluable, enriching our learning experience and fostering a sense of teamwork and camaraderie among students.

As the visit drew to a close with a conclusion meeting, reflections on our interactions with the residents underscored the importance of empathy and compassionate care in healthcare and social services.

Graciously, the Sivapoomi Elders Home in charge extended an invitation for monthly visits, recognizing the value of ongoing interaction and companionship for the residents. This invitation affirmed our commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of others and reinforced the bond between our educational institution and the local community.

Before departing, we were treated to refreshments, including comforting cups of milk tea and nourishing bowls of rice porridge, symbolizing the hospitality and warmth extended to us throughout our visit.

As we journeyed back, our hearts were full, enriched by the experiences shared and the connections forged. The exposure visit to Sivapoomi Elders Home served as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of compassion, empathy, and ongoing engagement in shaping a more inclusive and caring society.

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