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 At 104 million (as per 2011 Census), India has the second largest elderly population in the world. Nearly 36 percent of urban Indians above 60, and 70 percent above 70 years of age face mobility challenges.

Published: 19th September 2017 11:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th September 2017 07:33 AM   |  A+A-

A caregiver attending to a patient at Life Circle in Hyderabad

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: At 104 million (as per 2011 Census), India has the second largest elderly population in the world. Nearly 36 percent of urban Indians above 60, and 70 percent above 70 years of age face mobility challenges. Currently, the elderly are cared for either by family, or by informal providers with little or no training. Aiming to fill this gap, Life Circle Health Services provides subscription-based professional caregiving and home nursing services to the elderly by connecting caregivers and nurses to seniors. Services include assisting the elderly with feeding, toileting, companionship, walking, and basic nursing (injection, dressing, vitals check, etc.)

Priya Anant, Life Circle Co-Founder

Life Circle was founded in 2013 by Anant Kumar, a TED India fellow and Priya Anant, former Chief Operating Officer of Access Health, a US-based healthcare group. As per the company, their key highlights include - web application to search and engage caregivers, post-enrolment support for the caregiver and the elderly, on and off-job training for all caregivers and continuous monitoring of work quality.

The startup has received $150,000 from Groupe SOS, France in 2016, and is in the process of setting up a caregiver training centre at an estimated cost of $230,000 in collaboration with a Public Sector Undertaking. The company claims to have provided 3,00,000 hours of care to the elderly across Hyderabad and Delhi, NCR.“We plan to be in ten cities by 2021, and intend to specialise in commonly seen conditions faced by the elderly such as Dementia, Stroke, etc. so we can provide tailored care to our clients”, says Anant Kumar. To know more, visit www.lifecircle.in



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