Month: June 2014

In the twilight of their lives, healthy food is a call away

home delivered food In the times of India today, there is a nice article on home delivered food for the elderly.  An excerpt from the article is given below.  Follow the link at the end to read the entire article.

“One person asked me why I didn’t provide food for older people,” Kripa says. “That made me feel guilty.” She now delivers lunch to suit the palates of seniors. “We now have clients aged between 60 and 85,” she says.

In a city with a large population of the grey and greying, many of whom don’t live with their children, demand is on the rise for home-cooked food. With children leaving the nest, many elderly people have to fend for themselves – and advancing age and poor health have made cooking too difficult for them.

“My wife and I are in our 80s and our children live in the US. We can’t do the cooking,” says 87-year-old Mylapore resident R Rangarajan. They now use the services of a caterer, who sends them south Indian meals of rice, poriyal, rasam, sambar and buttermilk at 11am every day.

You can read the entire article here.


We also have a list of such providers on our site here.  Please call us if you would like to add a few more food providers to the list.

Getting groceries, vegetables and food delivered home

 Getting groceries, vegetables and food delivered homeOne of the few reasons why living in India is better than living in some developed country, especially for senior citizens, is the option we have to order stuff that we need over the phone and getting it delivered within hours or even minutes to our doorstep.

Most medical shops home deliver medicines around their shop. The vegetable vendor comes around once or twice daily with a cart full of vegetables. Every Kirana shop has a phone and a simple call and you have all the groceries you need in no time – there is usually not even a minimum order quantity!

It is important for every senior citizen to have a list of phone numbers of all shops and pharmacies around their house so that they can get what they need without having to go out unnecessarily (unless they want to, of course).

In addition, there are a lot of online stores coming that that deliver all the necessities to your doorstep. They may not provide the same personalized experience, but nevertheless help you get what you need. Here are some of the online stores that you can use:

Groceries and vegetables

Name: Chennai Online Grocery
Delivery area:  Chennai and surrounding areas.
Delivery area: Across south India.
Name:  Big Basket
Delivery area:  Bangalore and suburbs
Name:  My Grahak
Delivery area:  Delhi – NCR
Name: My Eazy Life
Delivery area:  Delhi
Name:  Veggi Bazaar
Delivery area: Chennai

Food Delivery
It is good to have a list of restaurants near by that deliver food home, for those days when you don’t want to cook or would like to have something different.  A new crop of sites provide you the ability to order from even multiple restaurants if you so wish.

Here are a list of sites that let you get food from restaurants around your city delivered home.

Name:  Dine In
Delivery area: Chennai
Name: YummyBay
Delivery area:  Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, and Kerala
Name: Zomato
Delivery area:  All over India (This is more a restaurant finder)
Name:  Just Eat
Delivery area:  Bangalore, Delhi NCR, Mumbai
Name:  Delyver
Delivery area:  Bangalore
Name:  GoGrab
Delivery area:  Chennai


Startups bring the doctor and hospital home

Rupali Mukherjee, TNN | Jun 9, 2014, 07.24AM IST. From the Times of India.

Startups bring the doctor and hospital homeMUMBAI: Healthcare will now be made available right at your door step. Thanks to start-ups who are using disruptive technologies to pioneer a home-based medical care model to address healthcare needs at the comfort of homes, shifting from the traditional hospital-centric delivery platform. Companies have now evolved to provide not only basic healthcare, but also speciality care to those suffering with chronic diseases, and to a largely untapped elderly population at their homes.

Fuelled by the growing burden of chronic diseases in the country, rising demand for elderly care and post-surgery rehab services, companies like Portea Medical, Healthcare at Home, Medwell and India Home Health Care are focusing on a home-based healthcare delivery platform, by providing home visits from doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and offer post-operative, palliative and ICU care.

Home healthcare, an established model in the US is pegged around $80 billion, while in India it is at a nascent stage, estimated around $3 billion, and growing rapidly. Globally, geriatric care accounts for 70% of home healthcare visits.

The potential for the business is huge given the rise in NRIs, nuclear families, an ageing population and those who are working away from home. The demographic target for these start-ups is thus wide, anyone suffering from a chronic disease or even with a basic healthcare issue, in the age group of 45 to 80 years, and older.

“We estimate that roughly 80% of the care that is currently given in the hospital can be delivered in the home setting, with the proper use of technology. Our biggest segments are geriatric care (elder care) and post-operative care (after hospital procedure care). Besides, we are evaluating to bring in personalized medical devices/wearables to India for personalized monitoring of patients at home”, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Portea Medical, K Ganesh told TOI.

The rates charged by these companies range from a single everyday service to long-term care packages, and prices vary between geographies and severity of the disease. The charges are anywhere from Rs 500 a visit for a small service like an injection administration or a wound dressing, Rs 700 – 1000 for a doctor visit, Rs 450 – 650 for a physiotherapist visit, to setting an ICU at home for Rs 7,500 a day which is almost 50% cost effective than the same service being charged in a corporate hospital, the firms claim. Certain firms like Portea and Medwell offer annual subscription packages of Rs 12,000-15,000 too.

Recently, others like CauseforSmile have come up to address the biggest worries of NRIs concerning parents — health, fitness, recreation, as well as social aspects.

Though Portea is focussing on mainly basic healthcare needs, others like Medwell Ventures and Burman family-promoted Health Care at Home will provide speciality home care to patients suffering from chronic ailments.

“Our focus is on providing home health for patients with chronic diseases, and thus supporting the continuum of care to those who generally have very high re-admission rates into hospitals. Some of these patients have ailments like heart failure, COPD, chronic arthritis, post operative surgical site wound management for chronic diabetic patients”, Vishal Bali chairman and co-founder Medwell Ventures said.

There is a huge potential for these kind services, experts say. “But the kind of model, market segment and quality of care on offer would be key to be successful in this space”, says Ajit Mahadevan leader life sciences at Ernst & Young.

Increasingly, mobile telephony, internet and telemedicine is paving the way for innovative treatment and healthcare models, but a majority of the population residing in towns and remote villages, does not have access to even basic medical care in the country.

What these start-ups seem to betting on is the abysmal doctor-patient ratio and low hospital bed density in the country. Besides, “by treating patients at their homes, hospitals can lower costs and become more efficient, and patients also benefit from better health outcomes because they are not exposed to hospital-borne infections”, says Zachary Jones, co-founder Portea Medical said.

For the full article go here.


Dignity Literary Event

The Chennai Chapter of Dignity Foundation, a non-profit organisation working for senior citizens (above 50), is organising the ‘Dignity Literary Event’ on June 14 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The event will provide an opportunity to showcase their talents – poetry rendition, skit, music or any other form of creative expression. Anitha Ratnam, Ashoka Mithran, Kamali Sripal and Rajan are expected to provide guidance to the participants.

Venue: Utsava Hall, 38/51, 2nd Main Road, Raja Annamalaipuram (next to Billroth Hospital). For details, call 24330363 or 42316566.