Establishment of Old Age Home
About 20 percent population of country is in the age group of 60 years or more. Most of them live alone and some of them in a big house without any children or support system. This changing pattern of society is increasing every day. Further there are differences in taste, manners, ideology in new and old ways of living and increasing tension in modern life. This also results in disrespect and sometimes in deplorable cases, even physical harassment of aged people. A modest “Home for the aged” was setup by Ram Krishna Ashram some sixty years back which started this type of project for old age people. This resulted in increasing demand to accommodate more and more “Aged” people. In 1978 Dr. Bachabai Nanavati donated her entire movable and immovable property to run the home for older people.
In the last 50 years India has made tremendous progress in the field of health and medicine. As a result, today we have a substantial population of senior citizens. At the same time the cultural and social fabric of Indian society has changed a lot. The family structure has also changed from joint family system to nuclear family system with marginal or no space for senior citizen in the individual children’s house. More ever the complexities of modern life have rendered individuals with little time for family. The most affected of this scenario are senior citizens who feel neglected. In most of cases, aged people miss the company and facilities required by them at this stage of life. Safety is another big concern for senior citizens. They live alone, which is very Rickey for their life and property. Thus, if an old age home complex is made available, where old people, who do not have any body to look after them, can hire or buy a room and live comfortably. Old age home can be provided with several facilities like TV, Library, Hobbies club and entertainment facility. also a doctor on call basis to look after their health. Small cottage industry can also be provided to pass time and produce some handicrafts.
It will also be good idea to combine the old age home with a small orphanage, where the two different categories of needy people, one Senior citizens who could impart knowledge in variety of ways and second children who need care – will provide in valuable loving company. They could form complimentary society that helps each other to satisfy the various needs that include companionship, education and most important of all, a sense of belonging. This idea will provide senior citizens with a chance to devote their time in teaching and caring the children of orphanages in a variety of disciplines that life had taught for them.
Purpose of Project:
Vision: To provide due care in the life of helpless and destitute of old Age persons in the society. This will also be good for those Aged persons who are neglected by the family or who did not get proper care due to poverty. They can live in old age home as valued members of the society with a peace of mind before going to their eternal home.
Goal: To Ensure a sound and friendly environment for the helpless and destitute to an Old aged person towards achieving a promising peaceful conditions for them fostering their physical, mental, social and spiritual development in rest of life.
Purpose: To ensure access to about 50 Old aged persons with safe accommodation, tender love, proper care, nourishment, health service and other basic needs through establishment and operation of a self sustainable Old Age home.
- To establish a well constructed, well managed with community participation a safe Old Age home at a suitable place.
- To ensure adequate nourishment and clothes for the poor helpless and destitute Old Age person.
- To ensure access for quality health care for the Old Age person so that they can get awareness on health and hygienic issues and thus they can live peacefully.
- To provide Old Aged persons access to fellowship activities, recreational facilities, mental support, social affairs and spiritual formation.
- To promote resource generating activities for financial sustainability of the old aged home beyond donor funding.