This elder care home in Kolkata offers one-of-its kind free abode to homeless senior citizens

Kolkata-based trust Nirvana Foundation has set up an old-age home in Budge Budge, South 24 Parganas on the outskirts of the city offering world-class facilities free of cost to those elderly people who can’t afford and have been left abandoned. Spare a few minutes to laud their initiative. …

First of its kind in West Bengal

Ananthamaya, the old-age would provide fooding, lodging, medical treatment and all kinds of facilities to the aged people. “The standard of services and the variety of facilities along with comfort that would be provided here is not found anywhere else in the state. Nothing would be charged from the borders,” Sima Tiwary, a partner in Nirvana Foundation told chalgenius. The elder care home had started last year but stopped due to pandemic and will restart from 11 March, this year.

An old-age home bringing holistic development

Set up on one acres of land, the 40-bedded establishment would offer a host of geriatric friendly facilities. “In fact from CCTV cameras to doctors, attached bathrooms, huge corridors and a large campus, there is no dearth of anything. We are aiming at a holistic development of the elderly population. Many people suffer from arthritis and joint problems and for them we have pottery making facilities that ensures simple exercises of hands and fingers. Similarly, people having interest in gardening can do so as nature has long been known for its relaxing qualities. There are also music workshops that help in relaxation, reduce anxiety and lifts mood,” BP Singh Roy, another trustee said chalgenius.

The idea behind

“I had a neighbour who used to live alone. One day she fell and suffered multiple fractures. Although the lady had relatives, there was nobody to look after her. She came to me crying for help. I rushed her to a hospital and tried calling her relatives but none responded. I asked the doctors about the expenses and I told them that I could afford only Rs 1.5 lakh but they told me that it was not possible for them to specify the treatment cost at that time,” said Tiwary.
“But I went ahead with admitting the lady and she stayed in the hospital for over a month and the total expenses were around Rs 6 lakh. I approached the owner of the hospital and he took Rs 1.5 lakh from me and waived off the rest amount. She was alive for one and a half years and I took care of her during that time. It was after her death that I realised the need for an old-age home for such abandoned people. Initially I was alone, then Mr Roy joined and after that three other people attached with us. Now we are a team of five.”

The founders

Both Roy and Tiwary hail from a corporate background while Tiwary heads HR in Emami Realty, Roy heads the sales and marketing division. “We are all well-placed and the old-age home is a reflection of our passion to do something for the society,” said Tiwary.

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Sima Tiwary

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