The Nightingales Medical Trust, founded by two Bengalureans is the pioneer in addressing issues related to the elderly in the city.
Story so far: The Nightingales Medical Trust, which Dr Radha Murthy and Premkumar Raja co-founded in 1998 as a result of their 1996 experience providing home medical assistance for the elderly from the garage of Dr Murthy’s residence in Sadashivanagar, has over the years addressed issues like abuse of the elderly, care of the elderly who are homeless, as well as illnesses.
- Elderly assistance in Bengaluru is still primarily provided by the Elders Helpline (1090), which was established by the Nightingales in collaboration with the Bengaluru police two decades ago.
- The charity was chosen earlier this year to establish an Elders Helpline (14567) for Karnataka and teaches paramedics how to care for the elderly.
Additional services: The Nightingales also manage several elderly enrichment centres throughout Bengaluru to engage senior citizens who are healthy but frequently home alone in creative and vocational pursuits.
- These facilities include Sandhya Kirana and Sandhya Suraksha, two homes for elderly men and women from the weaker segments of society who are in need of assistance.