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Zest for life: Coimbatore’s Brindavan homes senior citizens add colour to life with tours

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Brindavan Senior Citizens Enclaves are packed with life, with residents organising exciting tours regularly and breaking the monotony. But is there a dull moment at all in their lives?

Senior citizens homes today are brimming with life, and at Brindavan Senior Citizens enclaves, the residents have added vibrant colours to their retirement phase with tours to exciting destinations.

V Dorairaja and S P Giri organise these tours to international holiday destinations once in a few years, and pilgrimages within India every year, and say that they plan these travels diligently.

“We have to combine economics and comfort intelligently.”

Since they travel in groups, tour operators provide good holiday deals and discounts. The tour plan is announced to the residents with destination and cost details, after which interested residents join in.

Bali, Sri Lanka and Bhutan are some of the exotic destinations we have travelled to, Dorairaja and Giri say, as well as spiritual destinations such as Rameswaram, Kumbakonam and Srirangam, and they hurriedly add Andamans to the list.

A well-balanced expense-and-entertainment plan that has a generous dose of spirituality is what these tours are all about.

“We have huge support from the Brindavan Senior Citizens Foundation management and, in fact, they join us in the tours,” Dorairaja and Giri, say.

“We visit places of interest frequently within Coimbatore, too,” thy say.

A look at the holiday album brings to fore the thought that retirement phase can be as vibrant. The residents have let their hair down, celebrating life.

Brindavan Arcade is the latest addition to Brindavan Senior Citizens Foundation’s projects that have been a breath of fresh air in the lives of the elderly and altered the retirement home landscape of Coimbatore.

Brindavan Arcade is located on a one-acre property amidst a picturesque and serene environment in Coimbatore’s Vadavalli neighbourhood. Rising adjacent to its sister properties – Brindavan Hillview, Brindavan Palmgrove and Brindavan Paradise – the project is based on an ownership model.

Run by brothers duo, R Madhavan and R Parthasarathy, the latest project promises a “resort-style” living that combines traditional practices.

“It’s a broader, bigger and a total package,” said Brindavan Senior Citizens Foundation President Madhavan.

It’s a shift from our leasing model as ownership gives a sense of belonging to the senior citizens,” he said.

Featuring 100 apartments of one-, 1.5-, two- and three-bedroom options, the project will be ready for handover in mid-2021.

“This is our fourth project, and we attribute the successful continuity to the trust we earned from our patrons,” said the Foundation’s vice-president, Parthasarathy.

The Arcade matches its sister properties in quality, facilities and infrastructure.
“Built with anti-skid tiles in bathing areas, intercom facilities and wide doors to facilitate wheelchair movement, and equipped with CCTV cameras, the project features reasonably-priced, full course meals, daily doctor visits, a resident nurse, ambulance service, and most importantly, tie-ups with leading hospitals in the city,” said Parthasarathy.

About 450 senior citizens live in the 300-plus homes in the projects built in a period of 15 years. “Our reputation spread by word of mouth and we have never depended on advertisement to expand our footprint,” he added.

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