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Rich NRI Keralites Seek State-of-the-Art Old Age Homes to Ensure Stress-Free Life for their Aged Parents

Kerala ranks first in terms of longevity, with men expected to live up to 72 and women up to 78 years

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An increasing number of Keralite NRIs wish to provide their aged parents with near-luxury living. For the same, several privately owned old-age homes are now coming up in the state. Wikimedia
  • With elderly people making 12.6% of the population, old age homes are now coming up in Kerala
  • Kerala is witnessing an increasing demand of privately owned old age homes with state-of-the-art facilities
  • Modern old-age-homes claim to charge minimal fees and provide all necessary services to residents

Kerala, August 29, 2017: Old age homes for the cash-rich have been around in some Indian cities for quite a while, but the concept has only now arrived in Kerala, a state where those over 60 make up 12.6 per cent of the population. The national average is 8.6 per cent.

Even though the state has around 50 old age homes with bare minimum facilities run by various charitable organisations, the demand for state-of-the-art retirement homes appears to be driven by non-resident Keralites who want to ensure that their aged parents lead a stress-free life, as they wait in the departure lounge for their final journey.

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One such old age home is operating at its full occupancy of 60 in central Kerala’s Karuchal town; two others are fast nearing completion, and one in the state capital that is all set to open has already attracted 19 confirmed bookings.

“We have got all the required licences and our home is now ready. Nineteen bookings have been made; in our first phase, we have space for 40 people. During the upcoming Onam season, we will have about nine people, all past 70, who wish to see what we offer and are booked for a week,” said M. Ayyappan, who recently retired as Chairman and Managing Director of mini ratna HLL Lifecare Ltd and who has set up Asha Care Homes — which he terms a “home away from home”.

“Also, as an introductory offer, we are giving a two-day free stay for prospective clients,” he added.

One reason why this appears to be a successful business model in Kerala is that the Department of Social Justice has estimated that by 2021, senior citizens will constitute around 20 per cent of the total population.

Kerala ranks first in terms of longevity, with men expected to live up to 72 and women up to 78 years. A survey by the United Nations Population Fund and Helpage India has shown that a fifth of the elderly population, especially women in Kerala, live all by themselves.

Hong Kong-based veteran banker and Asha Homes co-founder George Joseph said the cultural stigma attached to sending parents to old age homes still exists, but as more and more people overcome this, the idea will truly take off.

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“We collect a refundable deposit (Rs 5.5 lakhs) from our inmates and it is returned the moment they decide to vacate our home. Besides that, we levy a very affordable monthly charge (Rs 30,000) for our services. We have round-the-clock, professionally-trained caregivers and our facilities include physiotherapy, ayurveda, a geriatric expert and also a full-fledged medical clinic.

“Before anyone is taken in, he or she has to undergo a medical check-up supervised by our medical board. The bookings we have so far received are just by word-of-mouth publicity,” Joseph told IANS.

Two similar retirement homes are coming up at Kochi and Kottayam – cities where a huge number of Keralite NRIs can afford near-luxury living for their parents. (IANS)

 

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Ayurveda Brings To You The Science of Natural Cure

The other regimens to be followed will add to its benefit when consulted by a doctor as the series of pros-cons checklist is assessed with your constitution and the daily habits.

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An Ayurvedic practitioner applying oils using head massage.. Hindu Council

BY: Naveen Shukla, Dr Vishal Sharma, Dr Nikhila Venugopal. Nature Care Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the offspring of Atharvaveda and appreciated as the fifth Veda is the holistic system of medicine to promote health and to prevent diseases. This wonderful science has put up the Indian culture into great heights and is still a recollection of the cultural heritage. The powerful logic and philosophy which provides a link between the living and non living matters of the universe, is still appreciable in the current era .This Indian system of medicine has laid principles and methods of treatment for the chronic illnesses where there is no definite curative treatment and symptomatic relief is the only existing treatment solution.

The beauty of Ayurveda lies in the factor that when a patient comes to an Ayurvedic doctor the root cause or the Nidhana is being focused leading to the pathology and pathogenesis. This systematic modality of how beautiful a disease is being portrayed and it’s treatment accordingly is the greatest achievement in curing the chronic illness.
Ayurveda gives importance and corrects the improper food habits, suppression of natural urges, irregular daily regimen, seasonal regimen; psychological factors like fear stress anxiety which is a striking factor in a disease manifestation.

Being a whole body and mind oriented science, Ayurveda focuses on almost all of the bodily functions associated with heat, and its imbalances, nervous imbalance, functions of digestive tract and also controls structure, metabolism, and fluid balance of the body.
Ayurveda is gaining its importance and value because of its therapeutic value too. In the olden days, man lived very close to nature and cured himself by the materials from the nature which were considered to be the potent herbs which can do wonders as it possess infinite potencies.

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The commonly used spices in most kitchen like cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom etc are known to pacify the overpowered Vata. Pixabay

The total balance of the environment, mind, body and spirit promotes Ayurveda achieve its goal towards a complete human wellness. As explained, the season and the regimens followed play an indispensable role in relation to the human body as Ayurveda considers that each season has its own value due to the dominance and aggravation of the specific dosha.

This autumn also provides some recommendation commencing from choosing a particular food and daily activity to balance the bodily transition and seasonal change. Being governed by pitta and vata, steps must be taken to keep them in balance. Foods that promote warmth and increases the moisture content of the body is highly appreciated.

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Ayurveda herbs – Thomé Salix alba clean
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The commonly used spices in most kitchen like cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom etc are known to pacify the overpowered Vata. Health is at its best during the Autumn, if oily, raw and junk foods are avoided as it hampers the digestive tract creating to many illness. Warm fluid does provide a soothing reaction to the sluggish digestive tract.

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The other regimens to be followed will add to its benefit when consulted by a doctor as the series of pros-cons checklist is assessed with your constitution and the daily habits. Thus the autumn gifts you an individualized healthy package of the right diet and lifestyle.

Roots of Ayurveda are so deep that its ultimate aim is a healthy body, mind and longevity. Efforts have been constantly put to elevate and preserve the great science of life- Ayurveda. We can proudly say Ayurveda as our heritage and pride which will keep flowing on to generations.with this sole aim of promoting a good health. (Originally Published: Hindu Council of Australia)