New centre for Hindu elders opens in Balham

A new centre which specialises in care for the borough’s ageing Hindu community opened last week.

The Bhakti Shyama Care Centre, in Balham New Road, caters for Asian elders and is located behind the Radha Krishna Hindu Temple.

An event was held earlier this month to celebrate its opening, which was attended by MP Jane Ellison and council leader Councillor Ravi Govindia.

It can cater for up to 25 people, and provides services for users in their own homes or at the centre.

All of the staff can speak Gujarati or Hindi and specialised vegetarian meals will be provided to meet dietary requirements.

There is also a sensory paved garden, flat screen televisions and en-suite rooms.

Its business plan said: “We cater for service users from all Hindu ethnic groups.

“We will respect service users spiritual and emotional needs. A local priest will visit to provide spiritual guidance.”

Jane Ellison MP said: “For an ever-increasing number of people, their choice of quality long-term care is a vital one. I welcome the way that the Bhakti Shyama Care Centre team have brought fresh thinking to delivering services that meet the needs of our diverse society.”

Source: Wandsworth Guardian