Loneliness and Support for Elderly: Tribeca Care’s Compassionate Approach

In a society that often overlooks and marginalizes its elderly population, the role of an elder care coordinator becomes crucial. Over the past three years, I have had the privilege of serving as an elder care coordinator at Tribeca Care, and it has been an immensely rewarding experience. In my interactions with the elderly, I have firsthand witnessed the challenges they face, including experiencing feelings of loneliness, being unwanted, and sometimes being left alone.

At Tribeca Care, we strive to address these issues by providing emotional support, companionship, and a sense of belonging to make their golden years truly fulfilling.

Loneliness is a pervasive issue among the elderly, often resulting from the loss or distance from loved ones, reduced social interactions, and limited mobility. Understanding the detrimental effects of loneliness, we at Tribeca Care have been committed to alleviating this profound sense of isolation. Through regular phone calls and personal visits, we ensure that our elderly members know they are not alone. We engage in heartfelt conversations, share stories, and lend a compassionate ear, assuring them of our constant presence and support.

Feeling alone and limited mobility can be incredibly distressing for older individuals. At Tribeca Care, we work tirelessly to create an inclusive environment where our elderly clients feel cherished and valued. Through our genuine care and concern, we let them know that they are an essential part of our extended family. We organize various programs and activities that cater to their interests and preferences, ensuring they have ample opportunities to socialize and forge meaningful connections.

Over the years, our commitment to promoting holistic well-being among the elderly has been evident through the diverse range of programs we have organized. From recitation sessions that celebrate the richness of language and culture to the Tribeca Tours that provide exciting outings and adventures, we have created avenues for the elderly to engage in activities they enjoy. The Puja Parikrama, an annual event where we visit different puja pandals together, has been particularly cherished. These initiatives have not only rejuvenated our clients but have also fostered a strong sense of camaraderie and belonging.

Heartwarming Feedback: The impact of our efforts can be best understood through the heartwarming feedback we receive from the elderly individuals we serve. One client, expressing their gratitude, “আমাদের এখন কনফিডেন্স অনেক বেশি যে তোমরা আছো, তোমরা এখন আমাদের পরিবারের অংশ।” (Translation: “We now have much more confidence because you are here; you are now a part of our family.”) These words encapsulate the profound impact we have had on their lives, instilling in them a renewed sense of self-worth, belonging, and happiness.

Last but not the least , as I reflect on my journey as an elder care coordinator at Tribeca Care, I cannot help but feel immense joy and fulfillment. Being able to support and uplift the lives of the elderly, who often face feelings of loneliness, and staying afar from their children miles away  , has been a privilege. Through our constant presence, engagement, and thoughtful programs, we have made a significant difference in their lives, fostering a sense of belonging and instilling in them a newfound confidence. Moving forward, we remain committed to empowering the elderly, ensuring that they feel loved, wanted, and cherished as valuable.

This article has been contributed by – Ruma Mukherjee

Elder Care Coordinator at Tribeca Care pvt. ltd.