Independent Living communities are 'serviced' senior homes/ housing communities designed for independent elders that desire the conveniences of community living. It offers senior-friendly rooms/housing units & a lifestyle filled with recreational and social opportunities without compromising privacy & independence.
Why should one choose?
We encourage seniors to stay in their own homes till they can. Some medical care could always be provided by NEMA's Homecare assistants, nurses, etc. There has to be a strong reason for the senior to shift to our care. Few of them could be
Loneliness: One may be single, having lost their spouse. Loneliness is a significant cause of mental illnesses such as depression and can often lead to dementia. Families are nuclear. Even staying with once children, an elder may be very lonely and looking for solace. Usually, 'Time' is a commodity most in demand that children cannot offer to their parents. One is never alone in our elder homes/ communities.
Accompanying a Spouse in Assisted living: If a spouse needs assisted living, that may not be easy to be provided at home for health reasons. They will need to shift to our home. Typically, another spouse accompanies.
The pleasure of Community living: NEMA Eldercare has a thriving community life within its homes. One dine-in, plays games, participates in various activities, visits temples/ malls/ gardens, discusses politics, and celebrates functions together in the company of fellow residents.
Settling afresh after retirement: An elder couple may wish to settle with us if their children are abroad or out of the city. Staying in our serviced homes (CCRH) gives them hassle-free life and assurance of continued personal or medical care. Care levels can always be increased/ decreased as per need.
Lack of House-help:NEMA Eldercare Aides (maids/servants) help in housekeeping (washing dishes, cleaning the home, doing laundry, making beds, and so on) and preparing meals. Rarely they may also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, etc. for the individual.
As India's economy develops and prosperity reaches the small towns & villages, it is getting quite challenging to arrange house-help. The support of Agencies/ Bureaus is often taken for bringing in a house-help on a year contract. Often, they are ill-trained and need to be constantly supervised by the residents.
The safety and security of residents remain an issue to deal with.
The resident finds it very difficult to cope, even if house help is missing, even for a day. It may be due to sickness, leave, or just quitting.
Over time, this will be even more challenging. Care homes do not face such issues. Multiple systems assure safety. Just staying together in a community provides vast assurance. Homes are managed professionally with huge staff with allowance for sickness or leave of support staff.
House management: The burden of managing a house at the ripe age of 60+ may be a considerable challenge. One needs to manage water, electricity, gas, TV, phone, Wi-Fi connections & bills, grocery purchase & stock management, house-help/s, healthcare & medications, housekeeping & laundry, etc. There is always a risk of service disruption for a multitude of reasons.
The culturally rich Indian community has always been very supportive of its elders. Neighborhood children & ladies may volunteer to help the elderly. NEMA ElderCare recognizes and is working towards encouraging the cause formally through it’s volunteer as a companion program.
However, It may be quite a relief for the elders to shift to our homes/ communities to unburden themselves and enjoy life in their golden years. Not only is there a considerable assurance of all services in these homes, but need-based medical services are also available in-house.
Independent living is more about making your life easier than giving up your privacy & independence, an acknowledgment of limitations. It may give you more freedom and flexibility in the long run.
NEMA Eldercare offers the option of Independent living in two formats, one by leasing a room in our Elderhome and others by purchasing a unit in our Retirement Housing. One needs to choose a room/unit type most suitable for them based on size, features, direction & view, quality, finances, and other personal preferences. Payment for the same is separate from service charges.
Each home/ community comes with specific essential services that one must pay for. However, care ratio and health services need to be selected as doctors advise an individual's condition. Payment varies dependent on selection.