Home attendant – Madhabi Bariha

In this post, we profile home attendant Madhabi Bariha who hails from Odisha.

Home attendant profile – Madhabi Bariha

In Madhabi’s own words

My name is Madhabi Bariha and I hail from the Napra district of Odisha. I live with my parents and four siblings of whom I am the eldest. I completed class 10 but then I had to abandon high school due to troubles at home. My father is a farmer. He grows mustard, wheat, and peanuts. And my mother helps him out at the farm. My father is the adventurous one. When I heard about the training program, my mother did not want me to go because it was far away. But then, mothers are like that, very cautious when it comes to their kids. So my father and I hatched a plan when she went out of the village for a few days. His brother, my uncle accompanied me to Bhubaneswar and enrolled me in the caregiver training program. It is such a fond memory.

Why did she choose to become a Home attendant?

Madhabi Bariha is 21 years old. A cheerful, conscientious individual, she works for home care provider Life Circle in Hyderabad as a Professional Caregiver to bedridden and sick elderly. She came to Life Circle from the Bhubaneswar center of Shriram New Horizons, a training institute that trains young rural Indians in a variety of skills including caring for elderly individuals in their homes and assisting them with a variety of tasks from Activities of Daily Living to managing feeding tubes and catheters.

Madhabi chose to become a caregiver out of a love for learning new things and an inclination to care for people. At Life Circle, she has had the opportunity to put those skills to good use.

Maintaining the familial touch

Madhabi calls home every week and while her family misses her, they are supportive and quite happy with the work she does. Like all parents of young adults working away from home, they constantly worry about her well-being.

We try to put these worries at bay by assessing not only the suitability of a caregiver’s skills to the patient’s condition but also the safety and the comfort of the caregiver in the patient’s home. For caregivers who work in shifts, as Madhabi did with one of her patients, we facilitate safe and comfortable hostels that are located at a convenient distance from their place of work.

A source of support for her family

After I came to Hyderabad, my life has changed so much. At first, I was a little lonely, but now I like my independence. Coming to Hyderabad was also my first foot out of my village. Earlier my life was just school from home and back, I never went anywhere else. But now I live and work independently away from home. This is a big achievement for me. My family is poor which makes my job a great source of support for them. When I went home for a vacation a while ago, my father was drawing a comparison with my brother. He said to him, “Your sister lives far away and she still contributes to the family”.

Her hard work pays off

Life Circle has also benefited from having a caregiver with a positive attitude among its ranks. In this interview, Madhabi mentioned that among all her postings, she liked caring for a bedridden patient best. She described how managing the patient’s Ryle’s tube required close concentration to ensure that the food was the right consistency and that no bubbles entered the tube.

We recognised her attention to detail and her service with an award at our Annual Caregiver Award Function in February.


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