Gharkul old age home is professionally managed by a team of experts led by an able full time resident administrator, coordinator and a retinue of support staff.
Gharkul is not just another rented facility, it is a home for the elderly. Just like in homes, it has option of single rooms and shared double rooms as also cottages for couples or blood relatives to stay with comfort. All rooms have clean attached bathroom and the necessary furniture including a comfortable bed, table, chair, and cupboard to store their belongings. Wide windows in all rooms enables fresh air and sunlight across the year.
The spacious, warm and clean dining hall is abuzz with chatter and laughter thrice a day when all members assemble here for their meals. An attached kitchen churns out delicious and nutritious hot vegetarian meal which is prepared to keeping in mind specific health needs. A separate menu is followed for all meals ensuring taste and health concerns of all. Special meals are prepared on Sundays and special occasions/festivals. Early morning tea as also evening tea and snacks are provided to all members.
The friendly staff ensures that the whole premise is spotlessly clean at all times because hygiene is of utmost importance for the healthy living of the elderly. Rooms are cleaned daily, the clothes of each member machine-washed and dried and all assistance provided to dependent members. Members with special needs have a special caretaker facility to assist them with day to day functions.
Doctor visits 5 days a week, daily medical check up is conducted for all members. Special medical needs are also catered to with specialist doctors on call or the admin staff immediately shifts the member to a hospital in case of an emergency. A dedicated vehicle is always stationed at Gharkul for convenience purposes.
Gharkul inmates have plenty at hand to spend their time. It has a well stocked library that provides dozens of books and English, Kannada, Marathi newspapers to read. Early morning Yoga session and walks in the sprawling garden provides the much needed physical activity, TVs for entertainment, in house games carom board, chess, Uno etc. meditation at the Datta Mandir and ample greenery within the premises ensures all members are engaged throughout the day. Volunteers regularly visit the center and render musical and cultural programs, celebrate special days and entertain the members.
The founder of Gharkul, Late Shri Mukundrao was very particular about having a lush garden and a serene temple on the premise. He wanted the place to be visited by people of all ages as well as kids so that the residents of the old age home are engaged and get the company of others. The garden is a haven for flowers and trees and also has recreational equipment for kids. You can see many kids visiting the place and playing in the evenings. People from nearby areas and also from Belagavi often visit the temple and perform Bhajans and Kirtans and also celebrate festivals and birthdays. The temple houses the idols of Dattatraya, Vitthal-Rukmini, Ganapati and Maruti. All major festivals are celebrated with much enthusiasm.
Being far away from the city, Gharkul needed to be self sufficient in terms of energy and water which is quite erratic in the rural area. The place has a large biogas plant which utilizes all the wet-waste generated there including kitchen and garden waste. A part of the requirement for cooking is taken care by this gas. The slurry is then used in the garden keeping it lush green throughout the year. The solar power set – up ensures all rooms are lit 24×7 which immensely helps the elderly. A rainwater harvesting mechanism is also in the pipeline and will be erected very soon.
Any kind of giving in turn gives immense joy to the donor. Your donations for Gharkul mean a lot to us. Since Gharkul intends to expand its facilities to accommodate more members, it is only possible through donations from generous people across the world.