ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Respite Home’ launched

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Sneha Sandhya started a ‘Respite Home’ for senior citizens for short stay facility at Maharanipeta, near Sagar Durga Hospital, on the occasion of its fifth anniversary on Wednesday.

Short stay

“The home will be a care and support centre for senior citizens who are going through temporary incapacity due to illness, injury or recuperation from surgery,” Chairman of Sneha Sandhya P.V.G.K. Murthy said at the launch programme held at AMCOSA Hall.

The home at present has six beds and will be expanded to 30 beds shortly. Six nurses in two shifts will be attending to the inmates. “The Respite Home is not a hospital or an old age home. It will provide only nursing assistance and support for short period. The facility aims at meeting the needs of the elderly and at the same time support families by sharing responsibilities in times of distress,” he said.

Sneha Sandhya runs a day-care centre in Dabagardens with facilities for recreation for its members. Regular medical camps and diagnostic services are conducted at concessional rates for the members. The organisation has also collaborated with the Department of Handicapped and Senior Citizens Welfare of Government of Andhra Pradesh for issuing identity cards to senior citizens. Vice-Chairman K.J.R. Sharma, secretary T.V.S. Rao and project coordinators P. Visveswara Rao and N.S. Raju were present.

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