Old Age Home
MWM is looking after old aged leaders and parent who had been discarded by their family. It has been practically seen that when a person becomes old and he cannot perform his job he is shunted out from his job and he grows older, his family member also discard him from home. Parents who give their whole life for the betterment of their children and treated so badly. They don’t give proper food and care they needed at that age. He/ She become burden for their children. Children use to treat them as a beggar. MWM finds out such old discarded old age people and gives them shelter, clothes, food, medicine and give them better life at their old age where they don’t have to face any problems. We are trying our best to serve as many as old age people and have better life in their old age where they had to face a lot of difficulty.
We had such story of some old age people who are sharing their story how they had faced in their old age, how they were treated and how they are feeling now:
There are many old age homes in Asia where the elderly people of ages 60 and above live the remaining days of their lives. Some of those elders are discarded by their sons because they are very old to be taken care of and some of those elders may not have children or relatives to live with. So they are brought to the old age homes which provide them with food and shelter. The elder person needs little bit of help and support in that old age where we have seen in majority of old age homes, the staff number is insufficient to provide care to the elderly people. You can provide them care, clean their rooms, cut their nails, help them in best possible way as most of them at their sixties or above may have some kind of illness or disabilities. You may not understand what they are saying but help needs no language. You will be given proper instructions about your work before you start volunteering. You will have a supervisor at your care placement who would be the main contact person with whom you will deal with regarding your work. The supervisor is there to help and guide you.
RATIONALE OF THE PROJECT
Why the project has been chosen?
In Asia Hill Tracts, intense poverty, political violence, famine, drought, natural disasters, animal attacks, chronic endemic diseases and poor maternal health care, all are contributing in turning a large numbers of an Old Aged person into helpless and destitute each year. There is generalized and pronounced lacking of health, nutrition, and caring services for indigenous poor helpless and destitute Old aged persons interfering their physical, mental, social and spiritual development and well being, ultimately leading to a uncertain and frustrated life.
MWM identified the following underlying causes of the above situation in Nepal
There is no residential facility for the poor helpless and destitute an old Aged person at the place where they can live under proper care to them in peaceful mind without any harassment for their life.
The family or care givers of the poor helpless and destitute an Old aged person or an Old Aged person himself/herself cannot afford adequate foods for his/her proper nutrition.
The poor helpless and destitute an Old Aged person do not get health care services and remain untreated and maltreated for many diseases.
In many cases, the poor helpless and destitute old Aged persons are often deprived of proper care, tender love and participation in – social events and spiritual activities etc as being they were neglected.
This project has been undertaken to address the above problem and its underlying causes. The project will ensure access of 30 helpless and destitute Old Aged persons in Bandarban to safe accommodation, tender love, proper care, nourishment, guidance, health service and other basic needs through establishment and operation of a sustainable an Old Aged home.
SPECIFIC AREAS OF NEEDS
What is the specific area of NEEDS?
Specific area of needs to be addressed by the project is:
1. Foods and clothes: The family or care givers of the poor helpless and destitute an Old Aged persons or Old Aged person himself/herself cannot afford adequate foods for his/her proper nutrition. Because they could not work in the field, an Old Aged person do not get clothing as per their need. Therefore, the poor helpless and destitute Old Aged persons who will be given residential facility need to be provided with food and clothes in free of cost.
2. Health Care facility: The poor helpless and destitute Old aged persons do not get health care services and remain untreated and maltreated for many diseases. Which is crucial for their age. Therefore, regular medical check-up, health care should be arranged for the targeted poor and helpless an Old Aged persons.
3.Mental, social and spiritual development: The poor helpless and destitute Old Aged persons are often deprived of proper care, tender love and participation in – social events, spiritual activities. Therefore, these Old aged persons need facilities of nursing, recreation and socialization, so that they may be released from mental depression.
4. Sustainability of an Old Age home: Last of all, even after establishment of an Old Aged home fulfilling all the above needs, sustainability of the home will still be a major concern. Therefore, profitable resource generating programs need to be conducted side by side with the home activities for sustainable operation of the home.