HAVEN SERENITY – A GERIATRIC CARE CENTRE AT KANJIRAPPALLY, KERALA
The guiding principle of Heaven Serenity is
“A Hand of Love and Care – Unless we love and are loved, each of us is alone, each of us is deeply lonely.”
The building is specially designed for the aged. Additional facilities are present considering the age factor and limitations. This includes specially designed toilet facilities, safe accessible furniture, railings, ramps and utilities etc.
- OLD AGE- A BOON OR A BANE
- REALITY CHECK
- FORESEEN GRAVER SITUATION
- THE NEED FOR GERIATRIC CARE AND SUPPORT
- HAVEN SERENITY WAY
The old age is an integral part of human life. It is the evening of life. It is unavoidable, undesirable, unwelcome and problem- ridden phase of life Though it is true that no stage of life has its ever smooth sailing and every stage has its attendant problems, those of old age are more difficult and insurmountable because the physical strength and mental capability required to cope up with the adverse situations of life are immensely reduced. The situation becomes even more difficult when one finds himself/herself left alone without anyone to attend him.
The life expectancy in India has increased significantly after independence, particularly in the last 2-3 decades, due to availability of better medical facilities, improved health consciousness and increase in standard of living of the people.
Average life expectancy of people in Kerala now is 74.9 Years.The percentage of aged persons has been steadily increasing and the problems faced by them too. Many factors have contributed to the alienation of elders in India.
• Migration of young couples from the rural areas to cities in search of better employment opportunities to fend for themselves.
• Elders who have been in control of the household for a long time are unwilling to give up the responsibility to their children.
• Youngsters, on their part, are sometimes resentful of the attitude of their parents.
• Many youngsters have moved to places far away from their native homes and, in the recent past, to many countries abroad. So even if they want to, they cannot accommodate their parents in their own homes.
• Elders are sometimes too incapacitated or unwell to look after themselves or get medical care especially in an emergency.
With a good track record of social development indicators, especially in health and education sectors, Kerala is all set to witness a demographic transition with a rise in the proportion of aged in the total population along with declining growth rate of the population.
• Kerala’s total population as per the 2011 census is around 3.36 crore, of which 12.6 per cent are aged above 60 years.
• The state’s elderly population is growing at a perpetual rate of 2.3 per cent. The growth rate is high among the elderly aged 70 or 80 and above.
• If this trend continues uninterrupted, it is expected to cross over the proportion of young and old in between 2021 and 2031.
• As the number and proportion of older persons are growing faster than any other age group, there are concerns on the accommodation capacities of society to address challenges associated with these demographic shifts.
• Kerala adds one million elderly every successive year since the Census of 1981.
• A major disability identified among the age group of 80 plus was vision problem and those belong to 60-69 years have shown the highest incidence of diabetes. Besides, more than 50 per cent of all age groups of elderly suffer from high blood pressure.
In view of the above, there is, therefore, a huge demand for Old Age Homes which inhabit elderly in a positive environment, environment where people of old age feel comfortable to pursue their hobbies, share thoughts and ideas with like-minded people and enjoy similar ventures of interest. They are places where geriatric population resides to retire from hectic routine life in an environment where the ambience is peaceful, healthy and leisurely. It is home to extremely ill and outstandingly healthy, extraordinarily poor and rich, unacceptable old peoples to lovable elders. Here resides, people of every genre, cast, creed, socio-economic belief, religious community, political belief, etc.
The home caters to the needs of providing shelter, clothing, food, medical attention, spiritual and emotional support to 30 elderly. These elderlies shall be picked up from their respective location to provide shelter and care till their last breath. In general, aged persons of approximately 50 years of age and in special cases (mentally retarded) younger persons shall be admitted in this home.
The home shall accommodate the elderly based on their physical ability and gender. It has separate halls for women and men. The inmates who can walk and do their regular day to day activities shall live in a separate room and use the common amenities like toilets, dining hall, kitchen etc. for their regular activities.
However, the inmates who would not be in a state to walk and need some assistance to do their routine activities on their cot will stay in the special room generally called sick room. They need a lot of personal care, patience and medical attention.
Mentally retarded are placed under special care. This forms the basis for the requirement of well-equipped room to treat the sick and bed ridden and to nourish them back to normalcy.
The dependent inmates shall move from the sick room with the help of wheelchairs to the dining hall and other surroundings with the help of home attendants. Needless to quote that more than the physical needs, it is very essential to provide emotional support to the elders. Hence every care is taken by the home with patience hearing to them.
REACHING HAND intend to provide a dignified retirement life for the middle-class people through this initiative. Besides living room, the old age home will have recreation hall, dining hall, kitchen, store, library, prayer/Yoga Room, consulting doctor’s room with emergency care, open air space, etc. The home also invites volunteers to interact with them and share their experiences.