Look after our seniors and help them enjoy their twilight years in a dignified and healthy manner. A lot of old age homes and care centers are can be found in India, but now retirement may not be dreaded word for seniors and they can live the lifestyle they desire. Senior living in India comes of age. More recently this concept of senior assisted living has spread wings all over India, with several big and small estate developers having entered into the fray.
Retirement Homes- Dignifying Senior Living in India
The modern concept is to provide active lifestyle to the seniors besides giving them independence to spend their day their way. There was a time when senior care in India was confined to old age homes. But they were meant for destitute and run for charity. The concept of ‘retirement communities’ started in the south. With a lot of youngsters going abroad for jobs, seniors were left to fend for themselves.
Now a lot of builders have come up with special projects just catered for the seniors where all facilities are available so the seniors are self-dependent and can lead a dignified lifestyle without being a burden on others. The developers are building these projects by totally keeping their focus on the seniors. They are being sensitive and taking care of the needs of the senior citizens while designing them.
These retirement homes are maintained with a focus on special requirements by senior citizens- grab rails, anti-skid tiles, wheel-chair friendly premises, social and spiritual events, restaurants, convenience stores, libraries and a club house with a place to play cards or follow their hobbies. More importantly, their medical emergencies need to be taken care of and there are special facilities and doctors on call to handle them. The concept has moved to the hilly regions from the south and Max Group has come up with its project Antara Senior Living in Dehradun, which is turning the idea of retirement communities on its head and fusing it with super luxury.
Since the concept is relatively new in India, the ownership patterns are also unique. Each builder is evolving his own deal. For instance, at Antara there is a lifetime lease system. Here they can find like-minded people with whom they can relate. While projects like Antara are on the line of luxury, there are other which is based on themes such as Ayurveda, spiritualism and even vegetarianism. Swarnalayam, near Coimbatore, is one such retirement community which is all vegetarian.
There are a lot of senior retirement homes like Ashiana Homes, Carmel Haven in Pune, Silverglades in Gurgaon, Anandam near Kodaikanal, and Dignity Lifestyle near Neral (Mumbai). So with a lot of people who want to live on their own can really have a dignified lifestyle in a healthy environment mingling with like-minded people of the same age group. Senior living has finally come of age in India.