At inception 1969 Dar ul Sukun was a place that housed mix group of inmates including children, displaced girls and elderly people. This ideal setting of everyone together and one roof offered a family like environment but was not practical. Thus separate centers were desired and created considering peculiar needs of different set of people.
In 1983, a center for elderly people was carved out in Catholic Colony 2, Karachi. Devoted nuns and committed professional staff sustained caring services for inmates. However, the space was too small and limited to accommodate reasonable number of inmates and conducive activities. At the same time, the demand for new admissions kept growing. A serious review of Dar ul Sukun’s strategy and facilities to serve abandoned old aged citizens was required.
In 2012, Dar ul Sukun planned to construct a purpose build infrastructure at Catholic Colony, M.A Jinnah Road opposite Quaid-e-Azam Mazzar Karachi. Kicked of in January 2013, the construction work was completed within record one year’s time in December 2014.
Just like the rest of us, older people want to enjoy good health and remain independent for as long as possible. As people get older remaining independent often depends on health and social care service being effective enough to support them.
Elderly people are the users of health and social care services but sometimes services have not adequately addressed needs. This Centre is the first ever comprehensive strategy to ensure fair, high quality, integrated health and social care services for elderly people. The core objective of the program is to make sure that all elderly people and their care takers are always treated with respect, dignity and fairness.
The Building offers a sublime infrastructure of bed and livings rooms, dormitories and activities area impeccably fit to cater to the needs of elderly people. The design of the premises was conceived after visiting and assessing facilities and arrangements of several similar institutions in order to make it appropriate living space for the inmates.
Dar ul Sukun provide complete housing services day and night. It is not the center for working people. It is a place for marginalized and abandon Senior Citizens and they have a liberty to enjoy as they wish for.
As the elderly people go in the life later stages their physical frailty increases and the body doesn’t respond accordingly. To keep them robust they need daily gentle exercises and gym for fitness. Dar ul Sukun has a fully equipped Physical therapy and rehabilitation unit to meet the needs of inmates.
Elderly people are often neglected, and don’t really have a chance to say how they are feeling, or what has gone on for them during their lives. Counseling is the best way out of better understanding of the inmate’s rehabilitation process. It gives them a chance to express fully and it makes them a part of the house. Most of the time they come back from their loneliness and respond with others.
Older people have many degenerative diseases to deal with such as arthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart failure, strokes. Along with all the physical pain and debilitating illness, they need daily medical checkup and medication which keep them save from the aforementioned diseases. We have doctors and nurses who are well trained and professional to deal with any medical urgency.
Knowing that good nutritious meal keeps elderly people always healthy. A proper diet reduces the risk of degenerative diseases, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and control diabetes. A well dietary schedule is maintained with the consent of Dieticians and nutritionists to serve best nutritious meal to the elderly people.
There are many different techniques to judge the personalities but Dar ul Sukun pleasantly apply the “Smart” technique to find out a person’s qualities, behavior and nature. The beauty of nature is that everyone has different qualities, attitude, thinking and a behavior which makes us unique from each of us. After the assessment one quality is to be assigned to the person and team start working to developing rest of the qualities which we believe everyone should have all of it.