Customize your home and improve your daily life

Senior couple sitting on sofa and laughting together

Martine Bernier

Health journalist, editor-in-chief

April 25, 2022

For some time, seniors have had the option to customize their home and improve their daily life. These are innovative housing solutions with new technologies which have advance home automation systems. They can even monitor it’s residents health, that’s how advanced these homes are! There’s a difference between these and retirement homes and the difference lies in regaining complete autonomy, whereas the retirement homes are entirely medicalised. Customizable homes are very adaptable to the tenants needs and wishes. For instance, if a person is unable to climb stairs, electric stair lifts can be incorporated to resolve the issue. 

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Adapting your living space to your age is possible!

For some years now, seniors have had access to innovative housing solutions. For those who do not want to face loneliness while benefiting from a lifestyle that allows them to maintain their autonomy, there are intergenerational residences that benefit from new technologies. This concept involves moving into a comfortable and safe home equipped with advanced home automation systems that allow, in particular, monitoring of the residents’ health. Fully equipped studios are rented to students interested in interacting with the elderly, and common spaces encourage social interaction. Kitchen, dining room, lounge library and vegetable garden are available for tenants to meet and share social moments. In addition, a service exchange agreement encourages residents to help each other to make daily life easier. Unlike retirement homes, these well-located flats in urban areas are not medicalised, but allow residents to retain complete autonomy and a true home of their own, while benefiting from the services and human warmth of the common areas.

Improve your everyday life

Those who have their own home are often determined to stay there as long as possible, to adapt and make it safe. The work usually relates to the bathroom, where installing a bath with a door avoids having to step over the bath to sit down, minimising the risk of accidents. Usually installed in a single day, this material comes in a variety of options that can be incorporated into any bathroom. A home with stairs can be a cause for concern as you get older. To make moving from one floor to another easier, an electric stair lift is an ideal solution. This device, which consists of a seat and a rail, is mounted on the wall or on the stairs, and the user has a remote control to operate it at will. Finally, there are a number of solutions to ensure personal safety in the home, such as emergency subscriptions, alerting relatives or a control centre, which allow for quick intervention in case of need. To ensure optimal well-being during the stay at home, home care services are provided by qualified caregivers. Several entities offer a range of everyday assistance services, from housekeeping to hygiene and comfort care. So a lot is possible… if you know who to turn to!

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