Old age homes with a big differenceCoimbatore, the second largest city of Tamil Nadu, with an international airport and train connections to almost every major city of India, is home to a massive number of old-age homes that are priced according to their locations and also facilities on offer. Many of them also arrange for emergency medical care. The vast gated communities are full of people who belong to the upper middle classes and the rich. Most of these houses are owned but one can also rent them as well. Food is also given and this is mostly of the Tamil Brahmin variety. Guests are also given food based on advance notice. These old age homes are now becoming centers of good communal harmony. The city has more number of old age homes than even Chennai, since the latter is a massive metro where real estate is very costly and the suburbs are becoming very costly as well.
Coimbatore is much larger than all other cities including Madurai but enjoys a very good climate. The people are highly hospitable as well.
At the other extreme, some ninety kilometres from Tiruchirapalli, the fourth largest city of Tamil Nadu, is the temple town of Kumbakonam that is now multiplying the number of old age homes as well. The costs are comparatively lower bur this town is not even one eighth in size when compared to Coimbatore or easily double that number when compared to Chennai. The biggest advantage is the relatively low cost of living and extremely rich agricultural base of the town.
Perhaps these old age homes will become the order of the day across India. Parents are themselves seeking the social and security net of these spaces so that they can live in peace during their old age.