Korian wants to build shared houses for seniors all over France


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Traditionally associated with students or young workers, shared accommodation is reaching new categories. In Baccarat, a town located south-east of Nancy, roommates were inaugurated on Monday, October 12 by the Korian group, specializing in nursing homes. The two “Ages et Vie” establishments in question will welcome sixteen elderly people from November 4th. A relatively recent concept which is gradually spreading over the territory.

«Baccarat’s roommate is the 65th of its kind to open in France», Explains Charles-Antoine Pinel, General Manager France of the Seniors division of Korian. The concept is simple: for the sum of 1,500 to 1,700 euros per month, a person with loss of autonomy can move into one of these establishments, where they have their personal space – a bedroom and a bathroom – and share the facilities. common rooms – dining room and kitchen – with seven other tenants. Three carers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help seniors on a daily basis.

Until recently, all senior roommates were located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. That of Baccarat is the second outside the region and the first of Meurthe-et-Moselle. The department will soon have six more. “The concept of shared accommodation for seniors was created 10 years ago by the Franche-Comté company Ages et Vie“, In which Korian holds 70%, explains the CEO. “Initially, the offer was only offered in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Korian aims to develop this local solution throughout the national territory».

Korian is optimistic about its offer of shared apartments for seniors. “By 2024, we plan to open 250 other houses of this type in France», Details Charles-Antoine Pinel. “These positive forecasts can be explained by strong demand: when we proposed the idea to some 6,500 mayors in France, more than 1,500 of them enthusiastically responded to our offer and said they needed such a solution in their commune.»

A structure that “allows seniors to break with isolation”

Baccarat is just the start. “We entered into a partnership with Ages et Vie in 2017»Specifies Charles-Antoine Pinel, convinced of the potential of this offer. “The roommate is a good alternative to nursing homes for those who can no longer stay at home: a human-sized structure in the heart of villages, it allows seniors to break with isolation, to stay close to their place of residence. origin, with 24-hour supportHe continues.

Because the primary objective of the Ages et Vie concept is to integrate seniors as much as possible into the life of the municipality. “For this, several means are implemented», Explains Julien Comparet, Ages et Vie communications manager. The very principle of shared accommodation allows relatives of old age to reunite, and “in the houses that already exist, the atmosphere is rather very good (sic)», He testifies.

Ensuite, «the mix between seniors and young people is strongly encouraged», Continues Julien Comparet. A mix that will be particularly facilitated at the new Baccarat colocation center, located right next to the neighborhood school. “On some Ages et Vie sites, twinnings have been created with nursery classes in schools. In the house in Besançon, for example, the roommates share the afternoon tea with the children of a neighboring school and during recess“. The garden which accompanies the houses is also accessible to the whole neighborhood “in a spirit of openness and meeting».

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Finally, the carers regularly organize activities, within the shared apartment or outside, at the request of tenants. “Cinema session, afternoon at the library, gentle gym session, conferences … all these activities allow seniors to continue to live as before and to participate in the life of the municipality», According to Julien Comparet.

“The goal is to feel at home”

If leaving one’s home of origin can be worrying for seniors, the communications manager of Ages et Vie recalls that “the goal is to feel at home». «Tenants can come alone or in pairs, with or without a pet, bring their furniture and decoration.“And even if the carers take care of the shopping and meals,”the occupants of the house can fully participate in these household chores.»

«Feel at home, but also evolve in a safe environment: this is what we want to offer our tenants»Summarizes Julien Comparet. To do this, three apartments are set up on the first floor of the houses for the carers, some of whom settle with their families. In addition to these permanently available staff, a nurse comes to the roommate every day, and a doctor once a week.

Finally, if the company Ages et Vie wants the shared house to be the last domicile of all its occupants, “when the behavior of one of them becomes too dangerous for the others, because of an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease for example, we can no longer accommodate him in this structure and redirect him to an establishment more suited to his state of healthIn nursing homes, 300 of which in France are owned by the Korian group.


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