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Braille-enabled elevators, disabled-friendly toilets and wheelchair access - developers are focusing on a much-neglected clientele
Housing options for seniors and those with special needs have undergone a massive makeover ever since senior living projects were first launched in India. Braille-enabled elevators, handrails and wheelchair access – buildings are getting facilities which enable people who need care to live in comfort. Special services of social work-work- ers and wellness experts are also provided. Care home, an additional facility, is also included to help those who need special care and can no longer can be looked after by family members. “We have a care floor at our senior living project in Bhiwadi in Rajasthan and we plan to construct a separate care home for our upcoming project, Ashiana Nirmay, in the same area. This will have a physiotherapist, an OPD, a 24x7 medical staff and ambulances,” says Ankur Gupta, j oint mana gi ng director, Ashiana Housing Ltd. Luxury complex Vivarea in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, comes equipped with ramps, disabledfriendly toilets and elevators with audio systems and Braille stickers. “We also make sure that the meeting rooms and recreation areas are accessible,” says Kishore Bhatija, managing director - real estate development at K Raheja Corp.
Ashiana, which has facilities such as call bells, handrails and anti- skid tiles in its housing units, will set up gymgyms manned by staff trained in geriatrics.ge It will also offer internalinterna and externalnal transportation to residents. Common kitchens willw be set up and concierge serviceservices provided. Social workers and wellness experts will be on callc to help the elderly deal with problems of old age, loneliness and memoryory loss. Gupta says a tie-up has been done with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences ( NIMHANS) to treat residents with mental and physical health problems. A 140-hour certification course on care giving is also provided at Ashiana at its Bhiwadi facility.
The group has projects in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan, and will be launching one in Kolkata soon. Apartments in Ashiana Nirmay in Bhiwadi, to be ready by 2017, are priced between ₹ 45 lakh and ₹ 70 lakh.
Tata Housing has launched Riva Residences – an i ntegrated residential complex in Bengaluru. The complex has a well-equipped gym, reading room, multi-purpose lounge and a host of other amenities such