At an age when many people choose to relax and spend most of their time at home, 82-year-old S Chandramathi Rao chose to provide a home-like environment to 65 other senior citizens — surrounding them with immense love and care.
Deeply moved by the miserable condition in which residents are forced to live in many old age homes across the country, Chandramathi decided to open one and to provide elderly people with a safe and healthy space to live in.
A resident of Mukka in Mangalore, Chandramathi moved to Bengaluru after her marriage. She, along with some of her friends, formed the Nemmadi Lakshmi Narasimha Trust with the vision towards working for the society in some way or the other.
“The trust has 18 trustees and all of us used to visit different ashrams, orphanages, and old age homes to contribute money, distribute food, etc. But seeing the condition in which people have to live in many old age homes, inspired my mother to come up with this place. We saw how many residents were served stale food and were forced to live in unhygienic surroundings,” says her son Subramanyam.
Started about 10 years ago, the old age home is called Nemmadi Vishranthi Dhama. Nemmadi means peace of mind and the home has all the required facilities for the elderly – right from food to medical care.
There are three nurses who make sure that all the residents are taking their medicines on time and a doctor visits every day. With three cooks and other in-house staff members, there is a team of 20 people to look after the residents.
While some people willingly pay for their stay, those who come from underprivileged background don’t have to pay. The old age home functions with the help of the trust and donations received from family and friends.
Some donors and supporters also choose to celebrate their birthdays at the home – having lunch with the residents and spending time with them to make them feel loved.
Chandramathi can be found at Nemmadi Vishranthi Dhama from 10 am to 1:30 pm from Monday to Friday. “We look after all their needs. The home feels like a family,” says Subramanyam. The old age home is located in Vidhyamanya Nagar, Andrahalli. The trustees rely on word of mouth for publicity and the place is known for its hospitable environment.
Chandramathi’s generosity and goodness of heart is visible in many of her actions from the past.
This year, her 58-year-old son S Srinivas lost his life in a road accident. When the doctors in the hospital informed her that he is brain dead but his organs could be used to save several lives, the grieving mother did not even think twice and decided to donate. This further helped save five people.
Kudos to the woman who is providing so many others with a comfortable life.
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