A day care centre for the aged was declared open at the Hindu Mission Hospital at Thennur in the city on Wednesday.

Anbalayam, a city-based voluntary organisation, and the Hindu Mission Hospital at Thennur in the city, have joined hands to set up the facility at the hospital.

The centre would seek to address the needs of families, especially of working couples, with senior citizens requiring attention and support during the day time.

Senior citizens at the day care centre would have access to library, television, radio, and indoor games. Psycho-social and medical support, if necessary, would be provided by counsellors.

Regular spiritual meetings and outdoor programmes are also planned to be organised, said T.K.S.Senthil Kumar, founder secretary, Anbalayam. The facilities would be available for a nominal fee, he added.

M.Rajaram, director, LEBARA Foundation, India, who inaugurated the centre, observed that often senior citizens were left alone at households as the youngsters go for work.

Many felt a need for regular attention and assistance and the facility should share the responsibilities of such families, he said.

V.V.V.Subramanian, secretary, Hindu Mission Hospital, said senior citizens at the facility could also avail medical assistance and nursing care available at the hospital

Rev.Fr.Arokia Selvan, Anand Selva, Programme Officer, LEBARA Foundation, India, and Victor Lazarus were present.