Pune: The growing number of senior citizens and their dependency has made long-term and palliative care a need of the hour, said Dr Vinod Shah, President Janaseva Foundation.
Hence, a long-term care unit at Ambee village has been started by Janaseva Foundation named Pravinchandra K Shroff Long Term Care Unit to take care of such senior citizens.
Speaking about the need, Dr Shah said that India at present has around 13 crore senior citizens who are above the age of 60.
“Out of these, 15 per cent senior citizens are above 80 years. Many of these senior citizens are bedridden while many senior citizens who live on the streets need long-term and palliative care. To address this need, the long-term care unit was created,” said Shah.
He said that the unit aims at giving dignified life to senior citizens.
“We do not charge any fees for the patients for using the facilities available at this unit. The complex has been developed over an area of 5 acres and 300 people are housed here. Out of these 160 are those people who were living on streets,” said Shah.
Others present during the event were Dr KH Sancheti, orthopaedic physician, industrialist Nitin Desai, Advocate SK Jain, trustee of Janaseva Foundation and Kanchanben Shroff.
On the occasion, Dr Sancheti congratulated the foundation for its efforts in providing long-term and palliative care to senior citizens and the development of the Sanghvi complex at Ambee village which works mainly for senior citizens. SK Jain mentioned that real India resides in the villages.
Dr Shah said, “Out of these, 15 per cent senior citizens are above 80 years. Many of these senior citizens are bedridden while many senior citizens who live on the streets need long-term and palliative care. To address this need, the long-term care unit was created.”