Harmony is now segregated into red, yellow and green zones for all people and materials entering inside or going out of the home, everything has to be disinfected. Shrestha who is a nurse by profession also equally focused on uplifting the moral of her family of senior citizens as well as in enriching their diet, using traditional home recipes.
As a result, none of the occupants have symptoms and have not had to visit a hospital in the last nine months, unlike in the past when they needed to be hospitalised every once in a while for their different ailments.
Shrestha has also trained other nursing homes and regularly consults older people over the phone, trying to dispel the notion that Covid-19 is catastrophic, that it is like any other epidemics of the past, not without casualties but also not something we can’t overcome with safety measures.
“Despite these positive steps I know that I have to save my older people for at least another year or two so that they won’t have to visit hospital for any reason, which is now unsafe and also unavailable,” says Shrestha. “It was a grave mistake on the government’s part to allow all hospitals to admit Covid-19 patients instead of segregating a dedicated facility. Where do I take my ba and ma if they fall sick now?”