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Nurses make stay comfortable

Tuesday, March 4, 2003 The Times of India, Bangalore

Crisp efficiency and benevolent care make this home for senior citizens a secure place. Set up in March 2000, Asha Jeevan houses 33 senior citizens in three locations off Bannerghatta Road. The home specializes in looking after senior citizens who are bedridden or who keep indifferent health.

Asha Jeevan has 14 trained nurses living in the premises for round-the-clock geriatric care. The home also has basic medical facilities such as a Suction Machine, Glucometer, Nebuliser, Oxygen, BP apparatus and IV equipment. "Our nurses are trained in a hospital and are capable of bladder wash, catheterization, administering IV drips, tube feeding and routine nursing functions", says Sujatha .R. Bhat, a trustee managing Asha Jeevan. The home, which has patients suffering from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, paralysis, osteoporosis and diabetes, has an ambulance too.

The charm if Asha Jeevan is in its commitment to life making comfortable as possible for those who need constant care. "We specialize in 24-hour care. Our staff understand the needs of the residents well", says Kalpana Mallya, another trustee. The nurses, aged between 18 and 22, are trained to be patient and calm with senior citizens.

The food served here is vegetarian. And those fit are taken for a daily walk with an attendant. A common hall serves as an area to watch TV together or celebrate birthdays and festivals. Bhajans are conducted daily in the mornings. A doctor visits once in 10 days for routine check-ups.

This apart, Asha Jeevan also has 272 home health attendants working at different homes in the city, nursing senior citizens who need it. "These nurses are available in day and night shifts, or round-the-clock", says Sujatha.

  • Location: 449, 9th Main, Sundaram Shetty Nagar, Bilekkahalli, Begur Hobli, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore - 76. Phone 6638154
  • Charges: Short term (3 months) - Rs 15,000. Admission fee - Rs 4,000. No deposit. Long term - Rs 2,750 per month (if fit), Rs 3,750 per month (if bedridden). Deposit Rs 50,000. Lifetime (one time payment) - Rs 1.75 lakh (if fit). Rs 2 lakh (if bedridden).