While becoming old is a natural phenomenon, the problems associated with it are also inevitable. It is at this stage of life that one needs housing, healthcare and financial care more than ever.
Not everyone is endowed with a family, which is prepared to look after these elder people and allow them to lead a life of dignity and peace.

The loving care that they can get in a family environment contributes to their good health and emotional well being, but in a society, which is always going somewhere, there is no time for it to stop and cater to the needs of the elderly people.

It is in such a context then that the aspect of senior housing crops up and Old age homes come into the picture. Although this is an aspect that has not been widely rampant in India, of late it has been coming in for a lot of attention. There are homes which house these senior citizens. Some of them are free and some of them are available on  payment. Even destitutes and persons with chronic diseases are cared for in some places.

With an increasing aging population, Indians are waking up to the need for specially designed homes for the elderly who have resources to afford not only homes but also nursing care. These homes ensure good health care, full services for a fee. These apartments which are equipped with 24 hour medical services, dining and recreational facilities, wheel chair facilities are available for a monthly maintenance charge  plus the initial cost of the apartment. These independent living retirement arrangements enable the older people to enjoy life without being bothered about day-to-day maintenance. They can actively participate in the activities of  the residents and also play games, swim, go out shopping and enjoy other cultural activities. Usually food is provided but the enterprising ones can cook their own meals.  Such senior housing facilities are for those senior citizens who cannot take full responsibility but still want to be independent..

There are Assisted Living Communities which are suited for individuals who cannot be totally independent but all the same do require care for certain tasks. This could vary from individual to individual. Health care professionals are always on call should the need arise.
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Nursing Care Facilities are actually nothing but nursing homes. Individuals who do not require hospitalization but still need to be cared for on a regular basis by a doctor would find these nursing homes absolutely ideal. The continuing care retirement communities provide health care services to the residents as long as they live. These residents are mentally assured of health services for life and can lead a fairly independent life style.
Nothing however will take the place of staying at home with the family. Love and affection and the feeling of being wanted and needed can never be replaced  by anything. Senior citizens staying in a family environment is the ideal scenario that they would want provided that is what the others want. Working towards this goal would automatically make everything else redundant.

1. Assisted Living
2. Independent Living Retirement Communities
3. Nursing Care Facilities
4. Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Abstract:

Retirement Homes / Senior Homes in Delhi ( India ):
·   The Delhi Christian Friend in Need Society, Home for the Aged, Fatehpur Beri,
New Delhi-110030 (Free for the Poor)
·   Guild of Service, (Delhi Branch), Shubham, C-25, South of IIT, Behind Qutab Hotel, Institutional Are, New Delhi-110016 (Free for the poor, Others pay according to their ability).
·   Sandhya, Nethaji Nagar, Opp.Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Delhi 110023, (Paid services for Boarding and Lodging – Single and Double rooms).
·   Senior Citizen Home Complex Welfare Society ( Regd) B – 33, Ground floor, Kailash Colony, Near Star Medicos, New Delhi – 110 048
Phone: 011-6293119,6293120,6479456,6479457,647658, Telefax: 6293120.
http://www.seniorhomeindia.com    E-mail: schc@bol.net.in
·  Aastha – Centre for Geriatric Medicine, Palliative care hospital, Hospice & OLD age Home.B- 34, Sector- E, Aliganj, Lucknow, UP, India

Senior Homes in Karnataka ( India ):
·   Aid The Aged, 1492, 17th A Main Road, II Phase, J.P.Nagar, Bangalore-560078, (Paid and Free services).
·  Arogya Matha Kendra, St.Lawrence Garden, Pademale PO, Mangalore-575005 (Payment type with deposit and monthly fee)
·  The Bangalore Friend-In-Need Society, 3, Colonel Hill Road, Bangalore-560051, (Payment type with deposit and monthly fee. Free for some).
·   Canara Bank Relief and Welfare Society, 27th Cross, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore-560070 (Admission fee and deposit. Residents should make their own arrangement for food and other services).
Eventide Home, St.Joseph’s Convent, Whitefield, Bangalore-560066, (Independent self contained accomodation on payment. Residents to make arrangement for food and other services).
Human Relations and National Integration Trust, ‘Shanti Bhavan’, 10, Jayalakshmipuram, Mysore-570012, (Payment type with deposit and fees and seperate fee for maintanence, food, etc. Single Room and Single Cottage).

Senior Homes in Kerala ( India ) :
Bishop Gnanadason Memorial Anpu Nilayam, Anpu Nilayam Building, L.M.S.Compound, Cheruvarakonam, Parassal-695502, (Pensioners pay 75% of their pension. Also for destitutes).
Homage, 33/564, A.R.Camp Road, Marikkunnu PO, Kozhikode-673012, (Payment type for High Income group Residents. Free for some).
Karthika Thirunal Lekshmi Bai Geriatric Centre, Poojapura, Thiruvananthapuram-695012. (Paid type)
Pisgah, Baker Compound, Kottayam-686001. (Payment type Single Rooms and Double Rooms).
Santhagiri Health Complex and Old Age Home, N.A.D.Road, H.M.T.Colony PO, Kalamassery, Ernakulam-683503 (Payment Type with deposit and fee according to facility).
Sevagram, Pothy, Thalayolaparambu PO, Kottayam-686605, (Payment of lump sum amount initially for couples and single persons).
Sneha Bhavan, Kompady, Manjadi PO, Thiruvalla-689105 (Payment type for single and double rooms. Medical Charges extra).
Sree Ramakrishna Sevashram, Asramam Lane, Azad Road, Kaloor, Kochi-682017 (Payment with membership fee and monthly charges for food etc.)
Vishranthi Bhavan, St.Mary’s Hospital, P.O. Chathanagottu Nada, Kavillumpara, Calicut, Kerala-673 513 Ph : 049656 5568/5632  (For single room, the lifetime rate is between three and a half to four lakhs, which includes minor medical expenses. Temporary inmateship on a trial basis is allowed).

Senior Homes in Tamilnadu ( India ):
Anbaham, CSI home for the aged, Beasant Avenue, Adyar, Ch-600020
Association of Senior Citizen’s Resorts, East Coast Rd. Muttakadu PO, Kovalam (via), Chengai-MGR District 603112 (Rs.90,000 for a two-room suite; Food, electricity, and maintenance charges on dividing basis (around Rs750 per month)
K.J.Home for the Aged, 19, Guruswamy Road, Chetpet, Ch.600031 (Deposit Rs3000, Rs.800 per month for board and lodging.)
Mary Clubwala Jhadav Home for the Aged National Council of Women in India TN Branch,
Greenways Road, Rajaannamalaipuram, Ch. 600028 (Rs.750 per month, towards rent, and service charge for a cottage. 10 mths rental as deposit. Residents make their own arrangement for food)
Naya Jyoti Charities Trust.Contact: Dr. M.S.Srinivasan, 11 (Old 4) Kandaswamy Street,
R.A.Puram, Chennai 600028. http://members.theglobe.com/mssrinivasan
Pithamahasadan, Madras Chinmaya Seva Trust, Tamaraipakkam, Vengal PO, Thiruvallur Taluk, Chengai MGR District, 601103, (off at 2, 13th avanue Harrington Road, Ch.600031)
(Deposit Rs.1,20,000 Food @Rs.450 per month)
Sai Charan Senior Citizen’s Home, 2/109/C,Pasumpon Thevar St, Palavakkam, Chennai-600041.
Santhi sadan, Madras Seva Sadan, 7, Harrington Road, Ch.600031 (Refundable deposit of Rs.30,000 gr.floor, Rs.25,000 first floor Boarding Rs.1,750 per month)
Sathyalok Ideal Home for Senior Citizens, Chettiar Agaram Porur, Ch.600116 (Eligibility: Happy person over 60, having cordial relationship with family, able to devote atleast 2 hrs per day for welfare of handicapped children Dormitory: Rs.750 per month, cottage for couples Rs.800 per person per month including food and accommodation, Refundable deposit: Rs.10,000 Refundable advance: 3 months rent and food expenses).
Sri P.Obul Reddy Senior Citizens Home Andhra Mahila Sabha, 12, Durga bai Deshmukh Rd.
R.A.Puram Ch. 600028, (Deposit: Rs.20,000 Single room Rs.1,000 per month per person. Food charges Rs.900 per month -vegetarian).

~ author Mini Swami.