It is already three years Grandmother Lenik, 72, has been living in Nursing Home #1, away from home, family and relatives. Sewing is her sole occupation which helps her kill time. As she says all inhabitants of the nursing home have the same fate and appeared in the building for different reasons.
"At first it was very hard for me. I came here because of my daughter-in-law's mother. We quarreled because of an apartment," she said.
About 250 elderly people, mostly women, live in the nursing home.
Armenia has four nursing homes. It is not so easy to find shelter there. Only those who have the necessary medical and social documents are admitted to the nursing homes.
"A social worker visits their families to get acquainted with their living conditions, protocols everything and then reports to his boss. The final decision is based on the report," Arthur Kesoyan, Head of Department of Elderly and Disables Issues, told A1+.
While finding refuge is the dream of many single people, they still need the care and attention of their family and relatives, even when they are in the center of attention and do not feel the lack of food and medicine.
The elderly people preferred not to talk about their families but reminded that no one is insured against ageing.