Old Age Homes/ Day Care Centres/ Elder Residential Complexes
For many older people who don't have a roof over their heads or a place to call their own, HelpAge-supported old age homes & day care centres are safe havens where they can live their lives with dignity and interact with their peers.
A rising trend is being noticed among the urban elderly also, who move out of their homes and into habitats especially catering to their needs, in order to spend their later years in comfort. HelpAge has started to address this need for age-friendly habitats, by building integrated housing and care facilities for the elderly.
It has been working towards helping transform old age homes into composite shelters which go beyond providing simply a roof and meeting the basic needs of the elderly. It envisions residential complexes for elders offering a broader range of services and comfort, such as those provided in Tamaraikulam Elders village, Cuddalore (TN) and Kalyan Ashram, Kolkata.
HelpAge India - NDTV Viewers Village: Tamaraikulam Elders Village (TEV)
The tidal brought on by the Tsunami in 2004 destroyed habitats, lives and livelihoods, and rendered thousands of aged helpless. December 2007 saw the inauguration of the first ever Habitat built by HelpAge for elderly Tsunami victims namely "Tamaraikulam." This was made possible by contributions from viewers of New Delhi Television Ltd. (NDTV), and support from the Disasters Emergency Committee (UK). It lies on the Cuddalore-Pondicherry road. This attractive red-tiled residential complex is built on traditional lines and can house 100 elders. The complex includes residential area, an infirmary, a dining hall, and a multi-purpose resource centre. Various farming activities and vocational trainings are already underway involving the elderly. Who will live in the complex is decided by village bodies themselves. HelpAge has encouraged the formation of the Elders for Elders Foundation which feels responsible for the wellbeing of the elderly. This unique complex is especially built to cater to elderly needs and therefore designed accordingly.
In July 2008, HelpAge inaugurated its first old age home in the Eastern Region called "Kalyan Ashram". Mr. K. S. B. Sanyal, HelpAge" Governing Body Member, gifted this property to the organization in memory of his father Prof. Som Nath Sanyal and his brother Shri Kalyan Kumar Sanyal after whom the home has been named. It is difficult to term the two storey Ashram situated in Chetla (Kolkata, WB) as an old age home, for the residents it is simply "Home". The building has been converted into a modern day home for elderly women with all the facilities of a library, physiocare services and round-the-clock access to a doctor apart from weekly health check-ups through the MMU service. The facility also serves as a service-hub for elder care for the senior citizens of Kolkata and surrounding areas, providing support through a toll free Elders Helpline, Physiotherapy Care and Medical Services. Service to 38 old age homes of Kolkata is also provided from this facility. For the HelpAge staff members the residents of the Ashram are family. Together the staff and residents mark special days like birthdays, festivals, anniversaries etc.
Kalyan Ashram Brochure (PDF)
Bamloe Cottage Shimla
This model age care facility in Shimla, is designed to serve as a short-stay holiday home for elderly from Shimla and other urban metros including Delhi. It also serves as the service-hub for elder care for senior citizens of Shimla city and Shimla district.
Vishokanand Vridh Ashram (Bijnor)
This novel Agecare facility, in one of India's most spiritually vibrant areas, is located in a donated 5.5 acre fruit orchard next to Vidhur Kutir. It is being designed to serve both rural and urban communities from Delhi, Moradabad, Meerut, Bijnor, etc. Pilgrimage tours for elders from Delhi in old age homes and home-residents to the Ashram, Hardwar, Rishikesh, Shukratal, etc. will address emotional and recreational needs. A short-stay facility in the Ashram will ensure a rural-get-away (3 hours from Delhi by road) for the urban aged inclined to solitude, spirituality and writing.