Coronavirus Pune: How ‘Athashri’ is helping elderly fight coronavirus lockdown

ST Staff
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Athashri, a project by Paranjape Schemes (Construction) Ltd, is one such housing society where the residential manager and his team are helping the senior citizens by procuring essential items, thereby preventing them from going out to the market.

Pune:  The novel coronavirus has been more lethal among older adults. Even the government and the World Health Organization (WHO) have recognised older people as more vulnerable to the disease. In the nationwide lockdown, special housing projects for senior citizens in Pune are proving to be a boon for the residents whose needs are being taken care of by the managers.

Athashri, a project by Paranjape Schemes (Construction) Ltd, is one such housing society where the residential manager and his team are helping the senior citizens by procuring essential items, thereby preventing them from going out to the market.

Cleanliness is being maintained at all properties. Senior citizens living there are being medically monitored, and their temperature is being measured daily with a non-contact thermal gun. In case they find an increase in the temperature of any senior citizen, further action is being taken. Every visitor coming to Athashri is also being checked and then sent inside the premises.

Staff members of Athashri are strictly following hygiene and cleanliness. Any grocery, milk bags coming from outside are cleaned and then given to Athashrians. Also, all the staff is being trained with medical emergency service.

Each ‘Athashri’ has one ambulance along with a driver in case any emergency arises.       

Seema Nakhate, resident of Athashri Baner, “We all are overwhelmed with the timely service we are receiving from Athashri homes and supporting the team. We have a canteen facility and don’t have to worry about grocery, vegetables and medicines. In this lockdown period, we have the support from Athashri resident manager and all supporting staff.”

Meanwhile, Maharashtra remains one of the worst-affected states due to the coronavirus outbreak. The total positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has crossed the 800-mark.

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