As a result of changing culture, elderly people are being considered to be a burden and often seen as a hindrance in the way of one's independence. This sentiment is taking a negative turn and many have openly voiced against supporting their parents when they enter old age.
Although nursing homes, private and public, are common in the western world, this is not the norm in India - creating a very specific situation. Although this is not the case across the board, many day-to-day needs likeshelter, food, love and care of elderly members are not being provided.
The goverment does not have the infrastructure available to address the large population of elderly members, who require support on a regular bsis. Privately run senior care homes are far too expensive to be affordable by common people. Thus, there is a need to build and run charitable facilities for orphaned, mentally or physically disabled, elderly and any disenfranchised members of our community. We do all this without any costs to the individuals, which is why we're asking for your support.
Our Current Impact
At this moment,these are the number of inhabitants we're taking care of:
- Total number of inhabitants admitted: 1972
- Number of inhabitants reunited with their families / reintegrated into society: 1292
- Present Inhabitants: 403
- >50 Years: 116
- <50 years age: 287
Currently on our facility, there is only three homes with different wards to accommodate persons of all ages (the breakdown of which is given above). Due to many reasons related to their volatile mental state and specific medical needs, these inhabitants can quarrel with each other, which on occassion can escalate into injury to each other. Thus, this has influenced our vision for our new facility to ensure we keep everyone's safety in mind.
Vision: A Facility to Tackle this Challenge
Over the years, we at Prabh Aasra have come to the conclusion that both groups, the elderly and the young, should be housed in separate, independent wards. In so doing, we would resolve conflict at the facility AND open more capacity to support this growing need. Our goal is to create a new facility that can provide shelter, care, food and treatment for 250 elderly members at a time.
The immediate impact would be:
- Needy elderly being duly taken care of and provided with their necessities and living their lives gracefully
- Create a better culture of kindness and empathy within the facility, inspiring more efforts in society to care for the elderly
- With this additional infrastructure, we will be able to support to more needy elders.
The impact over the years would be:
- Although the government has enacted a Mental Health Act, lack of infstracture and understanding of the issues leave many mentally disadvantaged citizens devoid of shelter, care and treatment. This would serve as a long standing way to address that gap.
- We can expand our 24/7 mental health services for the disenfracnhished within. This includes:
- Mentally disadvntaged
- Physically handicapped
- Persons with multiple disabilities and disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Rape victims (ladies)
- Pregnant ladies
- Abandoned old age persons
- Abandoned children even through cradle
- Single parents children
- Unmarried elders
- Paralysed elders
It is important to note that all services are provided to these people in need, free of cost, without any discrimination in any manner such as race, religion, caste, color, creed, and gender.
The project being planned and proposed is situated at Padiala, Kurali, India. We have planned to accommodate following in the new premises:
- Male: 100 members
- Female: 100 members
- Couples 50 members
To accommodate the people in need and varying ages, we have asked architects to design a building that would meet the needs of inhabitants within an existing plot of land.The architect has thus provided the plan of four floors, which is being attached for reference and verification.
The estimated cost of the building has been worked out by certified evaluators the report of as $2,400,000. We'll be constructing the building in Phases, so that it can used partially, as early as possible.
As far as the construction of the building this would be a one-time cost except the time to time maintenance and upkeep of the premises.
It is furthermore being made clear that there would be ongoing expenses to run the institute for over 250 persons which, as it appears, would be managed with the grace of Waheguru ji and support of kind hearted persons.
How Can You Support?
Donors may contribute on this page. You can donate for construction materials, ongoing support, etc. If there's anything particularly you'd like for us to use your funds, please don't hesitate to let us know.
Additionally, you may also provide your support in other ways as for the medical facility, food, articles for the use of elderly mothers/fathers living at Prabh Aasra.