Senior friendly railway stations
At Old is Gold Store, wherever we go, we make it a habit to look at all public places such as railway stations, resorts, hotels and restaurants through the eyes of a senior citizen so that we can highlight all the senior friendly places to our customers. Given our record in India, we can safely state that it is easier to document and list all senior/disabled friendly places (a very short list) than enumerate all the places which are not senior friendly (a very long list indeed).
Recently, on a trip to Varkala in Kerala, we were pleasantly surprised to find the railway station had ramps for entry to the station, ramps for entry to the canteen, free stretcher and wheelchair service and an easily accessible and readily available wheelchair at the station.
I could not spot the toilet though in the short time that we were there, so I cannot state whether the toilets were senior safe. Also we did not find an elevator to help people cross over to the other track (we had to climb a flight of stairs to get on to the over-bridge and climb down on the other side). Nevertheless, we appreciate the builders of Varkala station and hope that more public places take the cue from Varkala.
If you have noticed places that have taken special care to make all areas accessible, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with photos.