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Himanshu Nautiyal , CEO, Gludo Oct, 06 2016

Why is the care of the elderly so hard in India?


My parents both have health issues and I have tried to engage attendants from a large firm which provides attendants. I got calls from six different people (two doing targeted sales, two in equpment, one in nursing, one in attendants), the attendants who showed up all wanted to recommend cheaper friends who were not with that company. The company charged me for 10 sesssions, sent a thank you and we are done after 5 sessions. The equipment was late and required six different receipts because some was rented, some was purchased and came from different vendors. Every time I contacted them to tell them of some problem, they would send me an SMS (a) not fixing the problem (b) not even with the usual and useless acknowledgement but (c) with a request for filling out a feedback form.


Thank goodness I am in decent shape to tolerate all this. What if I were a 60 year old, asking for attendants for my 90 year old parents. This experience might cause a crisis if I had any kind of stress-related health issues!

My parents both have health issues and I have tried to engage attendants from a large firm which provides attendants. I got calls from six different people (two doing targeted sales, two in equpment, one in nursing, one in attendants), the attendants who showed up all wanted to recommend cheaper friends who were not with that company. The company charged me for 10 sesssions, sent a thank you and we are done after 5 sessions. The equipment was late and required six different receipts because some was rented, some was purchased and came from different vendors. Every time I contacted them to tell them of some problem, they would send me an SMS (a) not fixing the problem (b) not even with the usual and useless acknowledgement but (c) with a request for filling out a feedback form.Thank goodness I am in decent shape to tolerate all this. What if I were a 60 year old, asking for attendants for my 90 year old parents. This experience might cause a crisis if I had any kind of stress-related health issues!

Nikita Nain , Seeks vibrancy in life Oct, 09 2016


At present we are a 'young' country, with majority of the population in the working age group. The focus of all the policies, products and schemes across all sectors is keeping this moneyed and healthy demographic in focus. But what has been completely neglected is that this same population will grow into a 'dependent' population in the coming years, with attendant needs, special health care options, psychological concerns etc. The dearth of old age homes, often over crowded, hospices, lack of sensitization of the young towards the needs of the older generation, specialized services for those with different needs etc. The interventions made are sparse and too widely spaced to make a true difference. With crimes being reported against the elderly every other day, rising sense of alienation from loved ones and isolation due to children moving to other places for work, increasing ill-treatment by their children, poor services available for their mobility etc, the future is bleak. Mere senior citizen quotas or paltry pension funds will not be enough to handle this impending crisis. Like always, we are way behind in changing our policies to meet the future needs, choosing to focus on the past and trying to make up for the previous losses.
At present we are a 'young' country, with majority of the population in the working age group. The focus of all the policies, products and schemes across all sectors is keeping this moneyed and healthy demographic in focus. But what has been completely neglected is that this same population will gro


Nilesh Pathak , Pursuing MS, CMU Oct, 06 2016


Not just elderly care, complete healthcare is a mess. My aunt was diagnosed with cancer after 6 months of doctors fooling us around. There is nothing on which you can rely. Tata center looked like a good option but had a large waiting queue to get admission.

Better would be to get some good foreign professionals in the market who can actually deliver.

Not just elderly care, complete healthcare is a mess. My aunt was diagnosed with cancer after 6 months of doctors fooling us around. There is nothing on which you can rely. Tata center looked like a good option but had a large waiting queue to get admission.Better would be to get some good foreign p


Akshat Rao , Junior Scientist at BARC, Trying Awaremonk. Oct, 06 2016


Healthcare is a biggest scam going on. Govt hospitals have been institutionally destroyed for private ones to suck money out pf the population.


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Oct, 06 2016


Yes, vast majority do not even have insurance cover, an illness wipes out the fortunes of a family.


Vikash Sharma , Student, FMS Oct, 07 2016


Like Obama healthcare, Modi healthcare (cosponsor Patanjali) might be on its way :D


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Oct, 06 2016


Elderly care is a big issue but isn't care missing from all aspects of our life india