Ageing in solitude
Old age need not mean sitting at home or taking a stroll in your neighbourhood park. At Vrundhavan, you can do so much more
LUSH GREEN environs, spacious exteriors and Kerala-type living cottages welcome you as you enter the sprawling premises located off the Pollachi Main Road at Myleripalayam village (about 20 km from the city).
Vrundhavan looks more like a holiday destination. Quite rightly, the promoters have termed it a "leisure village".
Vrundhavan is based on the U.S. model of leisure villages. The Managing Trustee of GKD Charity Trust, D. Jayavarthanavelu, says they set up the home after conducting studies on retired life.
During his visits to the U.S., he found that `leisure villages' were highly popular.
"There are a number of leisure villages in the U.S. We wanted to replicate the concept here, as we visualise a similar situation in `emerging India'.
A number of youngsters have gone abroad, leaving their aged parents back home."
"At Vrundhavan, we will help these people to relocate themselves and lead a meaningful life."
A screening committee comprising a doctor, a lawyer, a psychiatrist and a social worker would select the inmates. Initially, 12 cottages would be available for occupation.
"We are planning to set up 40 cottages," Jayavarthanavelu says.
"We are also planning to have guest rooms. We have entered into a tie-up with a local hospital for routine medical check up for the inmates."
Vrundhavan will also have a fitness centre, a dispensary, reading room, round-the-clock security and a common dining facility.
The occupant would have to pay a refundable deposit of Rs.12-lakh, which would be refunded as and when he/she wants to leave the home.
The trust would collect Rs.
6,000 per person every month towards maintenance and service.
A companion can also stay with the inmates for which Rs. 3,000 will be charged per month.
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