A Dutch old age care provider, DutchCare, saved a project to build the first Indian aged care centre in Melbourne when a Victorian provider refused to construct a vegetarian kitchen and prayer rooms for the Indian aged folks.

The Confederation of Indian Australian Associations had signed a memorandum of understanding to grow the residential facility available at Dandenong, southeast of Melbourne. The refusal made it necessary for the Dutch provider to take the responsibility to build the first Indian old age care centre in Melbourne to resolve the issues the Indian older generation is facing in the nation.

The Association’s Chairman Vasan Srinivasan told SBS News that the Victorian old age care provider refused the request when the Indian elderly asked for a vegetarian commercial kitchen and four prayer rooms. The chairman defended the refusal by saying that supplementing the requirements would have added an extra charge of around $2 million to the entire construction cost.

“We needed the prayer rooms for the community to follow their religious discourse and teaching on a regular basis,” he said. “We were a bit disappointed, but we had to move on.”

Recent reports have shown that even Australian aged residents prefer living in their homes than in care centres, although they stay in their own country primarily because they feel they lack homely care in the care centres. Therefore, it is very obvious for Indian older people to feel the same in Australian care units when they don’t get what they prefer.

Economic reasons along with growing options for home care units has led to the decrease in older people’s preference for aged care centres. Later Life Advice Principal Brendan Ryan said people used to stay in the aged care homes longer as compared to the present times. “Residential aged care is becoming an end-of-life care service, driven by the strong preference of older people to stay in their homes,” he said as quoted by news.com.au.