WHAT IS HELPAGE INDIA DOING
Over the past several years, HelpAge India extended financial support for infrastructure development and provided assistive devices to nearly 90 such institutions around the country. HelpAge India has also compiled a list of 484 Homes for the Aged in 16 cities of the country with information about basic facilities, key features and contact details of these Homes, available on HelpAge India’s website.
Tamaraikulam Elders Village (TEV): Recognised as a model demonstration project by the Government of Tamil Nadu, TEV is the first Home for the Aged constructed by HelpAge India. Situated in Cuddalore, about 20 km from Puducherry, the construction of this Home for the Aged was made possible by the generous donations from viewers of NDTV. This model age care, free stay facility for rural poor has a capacity for 100 persons. TEV has multiple age friendly facilities and is self-sufficient in terms of energy and food. Active residents raise livestock, look after a fish pond, a vegetable plot, a greenhouse and a rice paddy field. As part of their income-generating activities, they produce items such as toiletries, banana-leaf rope, straw bags and pickles for sale in order to raise money for TEV. The residents have excellent healthcare facilities, practice active ageing techniques, participate in community meetings, celebrate festivals and are also involved in recreational activities with local community and Panchayat. TEV takes care of all the needs of its elders and provides them emotional and physical care.
Kalyan Ashram, Kolkata: Located in Chetla (South Kolkata), this donated two-storey home has been converted into model age care facility for elderly women. Managed by HelpAge India Kalyan Ashram has a capacity for 10 persons with all the age friendly amenities essential for a Home for the Aged. The residents have access to excellent healthcare services and physiotherapy care. The facility also serves as a service hub for senior citizens of Kolkata and surrounding areas, providing support through a toll free elders helpline, physiotherapy care and medical services. Services to 38 Homes for the Aged of Kolkata are provided from this facility.
Aged Day Care and Residential Centre, Patiala:
This multi-purpose facility at Rongla Village hosts facilities like the residential centre for 45 senior citizens, a day care centre, the healthcare centre and a physiotherapy care unit. The healthcare centre and physiotherapy care unit render services to over 100 elders each day who come from over 25 villages of Patiala. The healthcare centre serves the underprivileged and impoverished senior citizens by providing them free health check-up, medicines along with arrangements for referrals. The physiotherapy care unit, equipped with all the latest apparatus provides the best quality service to the senior citizens and helps them to maintain their fitness levels. The physiotherapy centre also operates as a training centre for care givers, volunteers and for the family members of the beneficiaries. This facility also serves the elders through a toll-free elders helpline and a resource centre.
HelpAge India believes that the ageing process should not lead to the surrender of all independence in a residential care home. Along with catering to their needs, the homes must lend itself to the participation, involvement, independence and dignity of its residents.The Homes for the Aged directly managed by HelpAge functions on a strict protocol where high standards are maintained with respect to the design and construction of the building, age friendly facilities and competent staff. The residents are actively involved with the management of the homes and participate enthusiastically in productive aging activities. These homes are more than just a place to pass the remainder of the lives; it's an abode for the elderly where they can support one other both emotionally and spiritually.