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Retirement resorts

THE HOME STRETCH
Despite this intensified activity, not all silvers are enamoured by the idea. For some, it is the distance from the city that poses a problem. "They are all so far, who will visit us there?" wonders Vijay Sathe, 63, who lives with his son in Thane. In Bengaluru, 70 year-old Prabha Rao offers her own take on the matter. "Who would want to be surrounded by other old people all the time?" she says. "When I see young people and children go about their activities, I feel alive. I experience the changing world by looking at it through their eyes."

Even among silvers who invest in retirement communities, there are many who treat the flat as a fallback option. As a result, managing common facilities is not practical. Sometimes, low occupancy also discourages potential buyers who are looking for a sense of community, and plenty of company. Vrundavan Resorts in Coimbatore suffered this fate. "People came and appreciated the place," says manager Chandrashekhar Raja. "But many said they would consider buying a unit only when the complex becomes more populated."

There's an even bigger problem - with no quick fixes. "These communities are for healthy individuals. Even though assisted living facilities are available, I see the problem in running them," says K R Gangadharan of Heritage Hospital in Hyderabad. He says nobody wants to work with ailing seniors as they find the job unattractive. "And as more and more nurses leave for better prospects abroad, there will be a shortage of caregiving staff in regular hospitals, leave alone assisted living centres." "If a person falls ill and is unable to live on his own, we inform the closest relatives and request them to take the person home," says Hariharan, marketing manager of Clasic Kudumbum. This is pretty much the case everywhere.

It's unfortunate and, in a way, defeats the purpose of a retirement home. Independent living is possible anywhere if a person is healthy - it's only when people become infirm that they really need a supportive living environment! Dalal acknowledges this lacuna, saying, "There are three stages in old-age housing solutions: adult living, enriched living and assisted living. In India, we are only at the first stage at present. But we do plan to introduce facilities for assisted care in future." And Vijay Mohan, Chief Marketing Officer of Ashiana Utsav in Gurgaon claims his company has similar plans.

Meanwhile, Paranjape Builders has already taken the first step with the construction of a continuing care unit with a capacity to accommodate 40 couples - it's adjacent to the Athashri complex. "The unit is meant for seniors who cannot eat, cook or carry out daily tasks by themselves," says Shashank Paranjape. "If the family or primary caregiver of an ailing elder needs to go somewhere for a couple of months, they can leave them with us for a couple of months." It's a start - something to build on.


-With Mukta Hegde in Bengaluru, Susan Philip in Chennai and Aparna Pednekar in Pune



AND THERE'S MORE...

Name of the Community

Location

Cost

Upcoming projects

USP

Golden Nest Senior Commune

Kalyani Nagar, Pune

Rs 16 lakh to Rs 36.5 lakh

None

Luxurious; located in an upmarket township; all facilities within easy reach

Riverdale Retirement Resorts

Kanadanad, 12 km from Kochi

Rs 1.47 lakh (single room); Rs 2.79 lakh (double room); Rs 2,550 to Rs 6,600 monthly charges, depending on the type of accommodation

 

 

Flora Retirement Communities

Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu

Under construction; details not available

 

 

Vishranthi Dhama

Nettigere, Bengaluru

Refundable security deposit of Rs 3 lakh, Rs 4 lakh and Rs 6 lakh

None

 

 

 

Refundable medical deposit of Rs 2 lakh; Rs 10,000 as non-refundable admission fee; Rs 8,000 monthly charges

 

Luxuriously appointed rooms, with access to all resort facilities like spa, swimming pool, gymnasium




RETIREMENT RESORTS IN INDIA



Name

Address

Tel

Distance

Builder

Website &
Email

DELHI
Ashiana Utsav Retirement Resort

Ashiana Bageecha shopping complex, Bhagat Singh Colony, Bhiwadi, Rajasthan

011-
41645164,
01493-
230519/
230338

30 km from Gurgaon

Ashiana Group

www.ashianahousing.com
sales@ashianahousing.com

PUNE
Athashri Complex

Survey No. 132/2, Pashan Baner Link Road, Pashan, Pune-411021

020-
25440986/
25462128/
25862322

14 km from Pune station

Paranjape Schemes (Construction) Limited

www.paranjapeschemes.com
paranjpe@bom3.vsnl.net.in

Golden Nest

Sr No.15, Kalyani Nagar,
Pune-411014

020-
40044876

Within the city

Vascon and Manisha Constructions

www.goldennestindia.com

BENGALURU
Brigade Sereniti

8th Phase, J P Nagar, RBI Colony, Kothanur, South Bengaluru-560078

080-
41379200/ 9880405237

Within the city

Brigade group

www.brigadegroup.com
sereniti@brigadegroup.com

Vishranthi Dhama Senior Citizens' Resort

Nettigere, Bolare, NH 209, Kannakapura Main Road,
Bengaluru-560062

080-
26630288/
26635048

29 km from the city

Private venture of the Natrajans

www.vishranthidhama.com
vishranthidham@yahoo.com

LIC HFL Care Homes

LIC HFL Care Homes, Village Madanayakanahalli Post-Madavaram
(off Tumkur Road) District: North Bengaluru-652123

080-
64505329, 09342186488

20 km from the city

LIC Housing Finance Limited

www.lichousing.com

CHENNAI
Clasic Kudumbum

Clasic Farms Road, Off old Mahabalipuram Road (IT Highway), Sholinganallur, Chennai-600119

044-
24502244/ 1127/2540

12 Kms from Adyar, Chennai

Clasic Group

www.kudumbum.com
classic@vsnl.com

MUMBAI
Dignity Lifestyles

Neral Karjat Main Road, Village Mangaon, Post Office Neral, Raigad District, Maharashtra

022-
23885090/
952148-
236600

Neral is about 90 km from Mumbai

Dignity Foundation

www.dignitylifestyle.org
dignity@vsnl.com



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December 2006


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