Dr. Bavan S. MD, BSc (Hons)
Client Care Manager
Business Development Manager
Here at home care assistance, I am the Clinical Care coordinator and Business Development manager and started helping Zareena from the bottom up. Looking back at my experience in home care and at nursing homes and integrating it with my own experiences caring for my own loved ones, I full heartedly believe that home care would bring the best life experiences and longevity for our loved ones as well as providing respite to our client’s families as well. I work with clients and their families and tailor their care plan to accommodate their individual medical, psychological, emotional and physical needs after a 1-2 hour in home assessment. The assessment will be with the client and their families so that we can get everyone’s input in regards to their loved one’s care and stream-line the best care plan for them as well as providing information on third-party resources such as government coverage and associated community facilities and benefits. Once I have formulated the care plan for your loved one, we then work with the best care staff specified for your loved one’s individual needs and set up a care team to attend to their daily routines and with constant feedback and updates, we make sure that you and your family get the best care possible.
Growing up I had always fantasized about becoming a superhero and used to mess around with my lab equipment that my mom had brought home from work. Fortunately, my parents dissuaded me from these ideas, as there aren’t ample job opportunities for Caped Crusaders. I learned that the job of a doctor required a sense of nobility, responsibility, selflessness and hard work. As I grew older I became more intrigued with the functions and malfunction of the body and how I could use my scientific mind to treat and help people. At the encouragement of many family members who were doctors or worked in science related fields and the fact that my great grandfather and his father were Ayurvedic doctors, I began to believe that being a physician was the path for me.
As I reached adolescence I began to realize that the world was not as ideal as I had once believed. My paternal grandmother began suffering from the later effects of Parkinson’s disease and helplessly watching her deteriorate until her death was a heart-wrenching experience. My dad’s family is quite big as his parents had 8 children and they all had kids, so when it came to my grandmother’s care she stayed with my aunt with home care as well as visited her other children on the weekends. As she worsened in condition, we all wanted the best for her and were grateful for what help we received from her care assistant however, at that time our family only had a few hours a week of respite. As a kid my parents and I took care of my grandmother (by myself on certain occasions) and it was very difficult with her health condition and this opened my eyes to the suffering that elders in our communities face every day, everywhere.
My family moved to London England when I was 14 and I started working as a care assistant in the BUPA care homes after school and on weekends with volunteering at the Peace hospice when I could. I got full hands on experience and just loved caring for and enlivening the lives of our elders and building genuine interests in them. When I began my studies in biomedical sciences at King’s College London, I chose courses throughout my degree that permitted me to continue my fervor for the medical sciences and allowed me to build a strong foundation of medical knowledge. During my undergraduate study, I helped organize several charity events and I also continued working part-time at the nursing home on the weekends and at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. My experiences at the hospital gave me the opportunity to physically care for individual patients and develop rapport building skills with them, further cementing my desire to become a supporting pillar in the health field.
I then started my medical studies in the Cayman Islands and had great experiences further refining my medical knowledge and was introduced to clinical experiences. When I returned home to Milton Ontario for my study leave, my mom was taking care of her mother. My mom also has a big family as my grandparents had 11 children and most of them had kids. My grandmother and I were very close, especially when she started suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, my mother and I were her primary care takers. We did try nursing homes but, we weren’t happy with her isolation and extracting her from her familiar surroundings. During the last years of my grandmothers life, I witnessed a very bright, strong and inspiring individual who was once a leader of our community, lose her personality like it was a scent in the air and I also witnessed the emotional and physical stress that my mother endured during her care and realized that families need help to care for each other. If we had more assistance to tend to her medical needs, I believe my family could have truly enjoyed the last precious moments of her life.
After my grandmother’s passing, I finished my studies and clinical clerkships in Chicago, Birmingham England, Toronto and Hamilton with some electives in India. I then moved to Edmonton and worked with some of the most difficult and violent children who had ASD while studying for my board exams. Since then I have been working at the University of Alberta Department of Medicine’s GI and Hepatology division, studying viruses and their function in certain diseases and here at Home Care Assistance.
Once again, I am proud and eternally grateful that I will be serving my community, the elderly and those in need of help and I am looking forward to working with you and your families so that we can provide the best care possible in their own home, so feel free to reach out to us Anytime!
All the best blessings and Take care,
Bavan K Sangarasivam (MD, BSc Hons)