New Zealand’s first culturally appropriate rest home for South Asian communities has opened in Auckland. Aarshirvaad, an elderly care centre for Indians, has become a reality after persistent efforts by community members.
The rest home was opened in January 2013, following an MoU signed on 29 November 2012, between Bupa Care Services and Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust to move forward with delivering the rest home.
Bupa has joined hands with Bhartiya Samaj to cater to the culturally appropriate needs of the community by opening a dedicated wing, named Aashirwad (blessings), within its David Lange Care Home Facility. This new wing would be named as “Aashirwad (Blessings)”, after the dream project initiative of Bhartiya Samaj.
“One and half year back, Bhartiya Samaj identified a dire need for a culturally appropriate rest home for the elders in the community,” says Jeet Suchdev of Bhartiya Samaj.
“A lot of helping hands joined in and shared this dream of Aashirwad Rest Home.”
After extensive research, and efforts in creating awareness through several meetings, the rest home became a reality.
“It is happening the first time in the history of New Zealand that a rest home would be catering to the special needs of the elderly from the South Asian communities,” says Jeet. With this landmark achievement, Bhartiya Samaj has opened doors for the advantage of current as well as future generations of South Asian communities.
The David Lange Care Home is located at 4 James Street, Mangere East, Auckland. The Home is available to clients who have been assessed by the Needs Assessment Service Coordination Team (NASC) as being eligible for the service and is funded by the Counties Manukau District Health Board.
Any individual or family who wishes to take benefit of this culturally appropriate care facility may feel free to get in touch with Mr. Jeet Suchdev on 021 222 1020 or 09 443 0579.