which serve old people on some charge also support some old people
free of cost.
organizations admit old persons without taking any deposit or
donation. This type is only for old people who are poor or without
any support. OAHs charge deposit based on monthly charges or some
OAHs expect donations.
The admission to
OAHs is given to Males above 60 years and Females above 55years.
In some cases even this criteria is waived.
OAHs is given on the medical report from the doctor. In some OAH,
medical check up is done regularly and in some OAH on a need-base.
In some cases, the organization spends on medicines or sometimes
it is recovered from the patient.
Free OAHs spends
on serious illness and maintains old persons till the end. In case
of monthly charge basis OAHs, recovery for medical illness is done
through the old persons only. In some cases if the old person is
seriously ill, then they are sent back to their home or they are
maintained by the OAH, or in some OAH at they are looked after at
an extra cost.
In some of the
OAHs there is one person/room, in others two three or five or more
persons in a common hall. The rooms may have Cots, Beds, Mosquito
Nets, Table, Chair, Cupboard, Shelves, Fans, lights etc.
utilization of time, OAHs organize Radio, TV sets, Newspaper,
Library, Indoor games, Entertainment programmes, Meditation Hall,
Religious concerts or Satsangs.
In all OAHs,
Lunch, Dinner, 3 times tea / coffee and Breakfast is provided.
In one OAH, milk
is provided after dinner.
Fasting food is
provided for old people who are fasting
In most OAH, Non
Vegetarian is not served. In some cases, it is served twice a
month and a sweet dish is served twice a month.
In all OAHs,
liquor, cigarette, paan and tobacco chewing is prohibited.
In some OAH
relatives can stay with old persons on certain charge or in some
on trial basis, old persons can stay for 15 days, while in others
it is not allowed.
The smallest OAH
accommodates 5 people and largest accommodates 300 people. If
there is no place, then names are kept on waiting list.
Some OAH are for
Some OAH are Day
Care Centers, which provides different kinds of activity to the
old people. Government aid is granted to open such Day care
Some OAH are
attached to hospitals. Disabled, bedridden old persons are looked
after here till the end of their lives. Monthly charges are levied
for this. Some of these are situated at Jogeshwari, Virar,
Dahisar,Thane, Badlapur, Pune, Nagpur.
There are 3
organizations at Bandra, Badlapur and Pune for terminal care of
Cancer patients (any age). Such patients are treated with pain
relief measures free of cost and are cared for till the end.
who have mentally retarded children are worried about who will
look after them when the parents are no more.
3 organizations at main station Badlapur, Dombivali, Virar
and Pune look after such cases even when the parents are alive.
Some OAH also admit such cases.
Some OAHs look
after the poor and the needy old people free of cost till the end
of their lives. Such places are aided by public funds. In
Maharashtra, there are many such OAHs. Donations to these
institutions/OAHs are welcome from the public, especially those
who would like to donate money in the memory of their beloved.
They can contact these OAHs directly or contact LSS (address at
end) for details.
people should note the following before enrolling in any OAH:
OAH should be near a Hospital /Nursing Home
Ambulance or a vehicle should be available
Telephone /telegram /email connectivity should be available
Library, indoor games, entertainment programs and
connectivity to the outside world, such facilities should be
available to overcome the loneliness of the elderly.
One should not sell their personal flats and go into an OAH
as the options of going back to their residences should be kept
open incase they cannot adjust to the OAH.
The elderly should manage their assets viz. provident fund
properly and also should not transfer the flat on someone else s
name because of which they would have to shift to the OAH.
people living in OAH should take the opportunity of helping others
after their death by donating their eyes to the blind and their
body to the medical colleges to help the students. Information on
these is available at Mumbai, Dombivili and Pune body donation
support organizations or it can be available from LSS office.
members of Green Helpline Hospital Ltd. get free entry in
hospitals for major illnesses like heart attack, stroke, etc.
Needy people may contact Tel No. 2381 4888 or 2385 0974.
How to Read the Lists of Old Age Homes in Maharashtra
started off getting maximum information on the OAH in Maharashtra.
LSS gathered as much information as possible by sending a
questionnaire regarding the amenities and facilities, monthly
charges, deposit, donation etc. Some OAHs had closed down or some
were not in existence i.e. were only on paper. The addresses of
OAHs who have not responded to LSS queries but LSS is sure that
they exist can be got from LSS office at a charge. LSS personally
visited some OAHs and gathered information.
on the OAHs received by LSS is below. The left hand side has the
name of the OAH, address, telephone number, visiting hours, etc.
The right hand side has information of the monthly charges,
donation, deposit, etc. that the elderly have to pay. Also the
facilities and the amenities available at the OAH are referred to
the corresponding number on the list of facilities below. Please
enquire on the telephone as there may be changes from time to
About this list of Old Age Homes
Sangh had started an Old Age Home named “Anand Dham” at
Jambhulpada, District - Raigad. An
informatory booklet is available at their office free of
cost. Already 42 old people have benefited. Needy people may
contact the office.
Mr. V.M. Sant, an
active member of Lokmanya Seva Sangh, Vile Parle, who is
organizing eye donations and whole body donations information
center has started collecting and giving information to the needy
old people. He has contacted more than 100 old age homes for
detailed information and has personally visited 90 OAHs for
collecting the information for preparing this booklet. This
booklet is in Marathi and is available in their Vile Parle office
for Rs. 12 only. You can also send postal stamps worth Rs. 17/-and
Rs. 22/- for people staying in Mumbai and out of Mumbai
jurisdiction respectively. (These pages are the booklet translated
into English by Netra Nairi 98200-48542.)
The names and
addresses of the OAH who have not furnished the detailed
information are also available in the office at a cost. New Old
Age Homes until fully functional are not included in the list. The
list of OAHs from Gujarat state is also available in the office at
Ram Mandir Road, Vile
Tel No: 2614 1276 / 2123
Contact: Mr D.M. Sant, B.S. Karandikar
Enquiry timings : Monday & Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm, Saturday
& Sunday 10 -11.30 am
Office timing: Tuesday & Saturday: 8.45 -12.15, 4 – 8
pm; Sunday: 8.45 am –12.30 pm
Monday - closed.
Old Age Homes in Maharashtra
- 13 Free OAHs for the poor
- 18 OAH offering free accommodation and care
- 3 OAH charging monthly fees
- 25 Maharashtra Govt's “Matoshree” OAHs
- 18 OAHs charging less than
Rs. 1000 monthly
- 57 OAHs charging upto
Rs. 5000 monthly
- 21 OAHs looking after ill elderly persons
- 7 Elderly Mentally Handicapped Residents Associations
- 3 Associations caring for Terminal stage Cancer patients
- 7 Newly known Old Age Homes
- 05 Life-care
- 18 Old
- 07 Shelters
- 5 Aayabai / Boys / Nurses Sources