A Free Home for the Elderly Destitute is functioning since May, 1996 in Sankara Salai in Subham Nagar, Old Pallavaram,Chennai. Today, there are 46 senior citizens living there under the care of the Poorna Mahameru Trust, which attends to all their needs accommodation, food, clothing, medical attention etc. free of any charge. The Thriveni Illam as the Free Home is called, is situated on a plot of the size 3600 sq.ft and has a floor area of 4200 sq.ft in two floors.
The resident elders are served two cups of coffee / tea, a cup of kanji (Porridge), two square meals and some snacks every day. Festive food is served frequently, when kind hearted donors feed the elders on occasions like the donor’s birthday, wedding anniversary or on the thithis of their departed elders. The elders are given new clothes at least three times a year during Pongal, Tamil New Year and Deepavali.
The Home has a three-bed medical ward to serve the needs of the elders. A resident qualified nurse is available in the Home all the time. A doctor visits the Home every week. When the elders need special in-patient medical treatment, they are admitted into The Hindu Mission Hospital at Tambaram, where they are treated without doctor fees and room charges. Medicines are however, purchased by the Trust. Charitable and social organizations like Sankara Nethralaya, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Inner Wheel, Nandalala Trust and others conduct health camps inside the Trust premises, when medical check up and medical aid are provided not only to the Trust’s wards but also to the community at large. When any of the inmates pass away, the final rites are performed by the trust in case there is no one else to perform it.
To cater to the needs of elders who can afford to pay for their maintenance and who need physical, moral and logistic support in their old age, when their own near and dear are not staying with them, Shanti Niwas, with 20 rooms has been built. The rooms are available on payment basis and have been occupied by 29 elders. A room can comfortably house three senior citizens. Food served is charged extra.
Home at Aduthurai
A branch of the Free Home for Elderly Destitute has been opened in 2001 in the village of Vadakurangaduthurai, situated on the left bank of the River Cauvery, 21 kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Thiruvaiyaru. At present, eight elders are staying there.