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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Can retirement homes help prevent abuse of the elderly?" Dr. Mala Kapur Shankardas.


A short overview of the changes faced by the indian society through times toward eldercare facilities : a change in the perception and expectations in India today. 

"Can retirement homes help prevent abuse of the elderly?" DR. MALA KAPUR SHANKARDAS, BOLD (Quarterly Journal of the International Institute on Ageing (United Nations, Malta), Vol. 22 No. 1, 2011 – page 29-30. 

…“Building homes for the aged has a long history in India, but it is generally related to compulsions which older people face in making a survival in their later years. However, what is new in the country is the concept of giving choices to older people to live their life independently notwithstanding managed and supervised care”….



....“Or, these are around areas undergoing urbanisation with its consequence of increase in nuclear family set-ups and double-income families where both male and female adults are involved with work outside the home, having little time for care giving environments. 


There are many senior citizens as new reserach and my work with older people indicates who want to continue living in familiar environment, but however require special care facilities, age-sensistive provisions and age-friendly services. 


They are happy to pay for these, reinforcing their independence and autonomy. They are looking for living options in gated communities which are to close proximity to medical facilities, shopping areas, cultural centres, catering holistically to their emotional, social and physical needs.”....


…“Institutions involved with caring for older persons do have legal liability and obligation to perform their task through the Indian Contract Act, 1872 and the law of ‘torts’ whereby for any mistreatment and failure in caring, a civil suit can be filed against the management of the institution for the breach in contract to care, even though there might not be a written contract and damages can be claimed for the wrong done by the affected older person or his/her family member”….




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1 comment:

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