Increase in old age homes and its residents mandates attention to the living condition of elderly at such institutions. The study is based on information collected from 500 residents of 23 old age homes of Pune city. A multistage random sampling was adopted for the sample selection. A semi-structured interview schedule, which was approved by the research ethical board of the institute, was used to gather the information from the respondents. The study also has gathered qualitative insights using case studies and key informant interviews.
About half of the respondents were having issues while adjusting to the old age home environment and similar percent has reported that their life has considerably changed after joining the old age home. Three-fifths of these have experienced negative impact, such as homesickness, feeling of staying at a hostel, elderly have to adjust in their daily life, follow certain schedule, and so on. Yet, surprisingly, almost all respondents reported that the care and services available at old age home are good and they are satisfied with it. Due to family attachment, many respondents feel lonely. For instance, 56 percent of the respondents perceive that they are being left out by their family members. Hence, they would like to go back to their families. Despite the fact that more than two-fifths (44%) of the respondents know that they will have their last breath at the old age home. Whereas, half of the respondents said they are not certain about their future stay and 3 percent believe that very soon they will return to their homes.
Almost all respondents are satisfied with the available facilities at the old age homes. Yet, the issues of uncomfortable living, loneliness, or similar unpleasant feeling is present among some of the respondents. These experiences are mostly due to the absence of family members in surrounding.