Stakeholder Consultation: ASLI – Ministry Interaction

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment had called a meeting to discuss various models of Day Care Centres under chairpersonship of the Additional Secretary, Ms. Upma Srivastava on 20th November,2019. The list of delegates invited from the industry & the entire sector included a delegate Team from Association of Senior Living India(ASLI), Tata Trust, HelpAge India, Department of Social Justice, Kerala, Anugraha, and Samarth.
Focus point of the discussion was to discuss & develop sustainable models of day care. To make the discussion more focused, a need was felt to segregate the various models in different categories.
1st suggestion for Sub categories was to divide them geographically- Rural, Urban, Semi Urban, Semi Rural.
2nd Suggestion for Sub categories was to divide them on the basis of-Place Based, Time Based, Shared or Whole facility, Activity Based, Special Needs Based.
3rd Suggestion by Ms. Sama Baig from EMOHA Elder Care, was to categorize them on the basis of-Social & Recreational, Health, Specialised.
For funding of the project it was felt that making the project proportional to per person cost would be most doable. Model size of 50-80 seniors was agreed by most delegates as the ideal size.
Kerala experience was discussed in detail as that model is working in partnership with local self government. They are running 82 day care centre in partnership with local self government. They pay Rs. 3 lakh annually per centre. The payments are for staff & furniture. Everything else is provided by the local self government. The base size of every center is around 50 people. They are also running 2nd Innings Home, wherein Old Age homes have been extended into day care center’s also. The budget for this type of facility is in the range of 47-54 lakhs p.a.