Serene Senior Care, which is a part of Covai Property Centre, will expand the facilities at its retirement communities to accommodate elderly parents who have children with special needs.

Upcoming retirement community projects of Serene Senior Care will have houses not only for senior citizens but also accommodate elderly parents who have children with special needs.

A. Sridharan, Managing Director of Covai Property, told The Hindu here on Saturday that the company ventured into senior care in 2005 and plans to have 3,000 houses by 2014-2015 for the senior citizens. The future projects will have nearly 10 per cent of houses in each community for parents who have children with Down syndrome, autism, etc.

One of the major worries of these parents is who will take care of the children after them. The children need special care even when they grow up. They need security, activities to keep them occupied, comfort and training. Many of the children are talented and some can be given special training.

The Serene project to be launched in November in Bangalore will be the first one to have about 10 per cent houses (nearly 30 villas) for parents who have children with special needs. Serene also plans to have two hostels – one for men and one for women, a lounge for activities, and a vocational training facility for those with special needs at this project. When the parent buys a house at Serene and moves into the retirement community, the children will be trained to live away from them at the hostel. They will be trained to take up in-house activities such as data entry, depending on their skills.

The house will be sold after the death of the parents and part of the money will go to the trust to take care of the children, including their medical needs.

Covai Property has formed a team and will the form the trust. The Bangalore project will be completed in two years and by then the needs for these children will be created. Caregivers and trained assistants will also be available for the children and special schools in the respective cities will be roped in provide training. “It will be an inclusive community and the houses for these parents will not be segregated from the rest,” he says. The facilities can be modified and upgraded based on the experience in each project.