Staying at home is not so easy when ageing, mobility is no longer the same. This is why adapting your house for more comfort and safety is important when you are close to retirement.
Living well at home
According to the « ANFE » (Association Nationale Française des Ergothérapeutes), the goal of the occupational therapy is to “maintain, restore and enable human activities in a secure, autonomous and efficient manner”.
In a booming industry, the profession of occupational therapist bases its practice on the link between human activity and health and aims to prevent, reduce or even eliminate disability situations by taking into account people’ lifestyle and their environment. Explanations.
The world is ageing. Those demographic changes present many challenges, but also opportunities. Silver Economy ought to give the rights answers regarding the respect and wellbeing of the 60+.
HelpAge Asia and the European Union’s collaboration is a concrete example of what Silver Economy is, that is working together for a better care of the elderly.
The German company Future Shape created SensFloor®, a smart floor that detects falls and immediately sends an alarm signal when a fall occurs. It was specifically conceived for care facilities. This sensitive floor warns the caregivers in case one of the residents falls. The product can also be installed in individuals’ homes. Is could be a suitable solution to secure the environment and allow the elderly to remain home. [Read more…] about SensFloor®: a smart floor to detect falls
In Belgium, more exactly in Flanders, the idea of a new housing concept is developing quietly: it is about fitted out containers accommodate for the elderly. If the project is well received in Flanders, in Wallonia it is rather criticised.
Equipped containers: a (good) housing solution?
In Flanders, several partners work together to establish a housing solution for the elderly. It’s about equipped containers made to be placed in a garden. These containers will benefit from all adequate equipment to be comfortable at home, and moreover they can be easily moved. So, they will allow families to welcome the grandparents, by offering them a living space independent from their houses.
Representing a temporary solution in front of a shortage of beds in retirement houses, these containers can be rented or bought. Indeed they will be “personalised and custom-made” according the person’s situation and needs.
Here is what it could look like the equipped containers for the elderly
Questioned by the newspaper l’avenir, the Belgian Secretary of the Social action, Maxime Prévot declares: “if the dependent elder are under the close surveillance of their children, nevertheless, they are relegated at the back of the garden in their containers. Is it really what we wish for our parents and grandparents? Undoubtedly, it is not a Flemish Secretary political project but it is necessary to pay attention on the conveyed images. It is essential for the elderly life plan and for their relatives“.
However, in a report realized by the channel RTL, the retirement house residents who live temporarily in the accommodated containers during the construction work, affirm that they are satisfied with their new housing.
- See the report realized by RTL concerning the elderly containers
The Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women Rights of France, Marisol TOURAINE, and the State Secretary for Family, Elderly people and Autonomy, Laurence ROSSIGNOL commend the adoption of the society adaptation to ageing law on first reading by the Senate on the 19th of March. [Read more…] about Marisol TOURAINE and Laurence ROSSIGNOL commend the adoption of the society adaptation to ageing law by the French Senate
The 17th edition of the French Exhibition for the Elderly (French – Salon des Seniors) will take place on April, 9th to 12th, 2015, at Porte de Versailles, Paris.
More than 300 exponents will be present and 60 conferences are scheduled on four days. It will be the Silver Economy must-attend BtoC event. It may be the occasion for you to find the right answers concerning vital issues like retirement, health, technologies, law, tourism, home, associations, leisure, culture, jobs and services. [Read more…] about Exhibition for the Elderly – the Silver Economy event of the year
GDP Vendôme launched “Sully Villa”, a high-tech, intelligent flat that is fully-equipped with domotics and electronics, especially designed for elderly customers. Sully Villa flats are meant to be a luxury version of Ehpads (“Etablissement d’Hébergement pour Personnes Âgées Dépendantes” = establishments for dependent elder people), as it found its inspiration from private residences. Choosing this solution may actually be cheaper than joining a retirement home. [Read more…] about GDP Vendôme: the customized apartment could become an alternative to EHPADS?
National charity Friends of the Elderly (FotE) has lately called British citizens to “Be a Friend and help change the future of loneliness”.
This campaign’s goal is to encourage “people across the country to get to know their older neighbours, and look out for each other where they can”.
FotE aims to engage a minimum of 30,000 people during the first year of the new campaign – wich means at least 10 people in every town, village and city across the UK. [Read more…] about National charity Friends of the Elderly encourages people to get to know their older neighbours