Adapt your home and prevent the loss of autonomy of seniors

While working on the design of intelligent home support apartments, Vanessa focused on three priorities in order to secure these homes adapted to seniors.

Most seniors, and this is legitimate, want to live as long as possible in their own homes. However, with the aging process and the resulting loss of autonomy, it sometimes becomes dangerous to live alone… In this context, and in order to stay at home in complete safety, it is preferable to adapt your “little home”.

As Vanessa points out, “anticipating will make it possible to quickly avoid or detect two of the main risks: falling and undernutrition. However, the layout of the rooms in the house or the resulting financial costs do not always allow all the necessary work to be carried out. Thus, it is essential to prioritize the various developments.

seniors falling downAnd the specialist continues: “The first priority is the soil. To avoid the risk of falling, the most important thing, as soon as you enter the apartment and in all rooms, is to have no threshold or jump. In fact, and to make it simple, everything must be perfectly level. It is also necessary to favour more flexible floors (such as wood vs. tiles)”. Of course, it is also necessary to ban carpets, which greatly increase the risk of slipping…

The second priority is lighting. As we age, our eyesight declines and the elderly are often affected by cataracts. It is therefore advisable to install bulbs that illuminate 30% more than usual. On the other hand, it is important to connect pilot lights or a light path (simply connect to electrical outlets). It is very practical and reassuring when you have to get up at night.

Finally, the third priority concerns two warning systems: one for falling and the other for the risk of undernutrition. To prevent a loved one from falling, it must be noted that medallions or watches are not worn all day long; especially in high-risk areas (shower, bath…). Or they do not offer sufficient reach (garden, cellar, floor…) and are sometimes difficult to access in the event of an accident (darkness, paralysis, coma…). On the other hand, it is necessary to favour the new detectors with automatic image analysers (therefore without the intervention of the senior) and non-intrusive (without sending an image to a third person) which will perfectly secure an elderly person living alone.

To prevent the risk, the installation of a smart door window sensor on the refrigerator door alerts relatives if the refrigerator is not open. The same applies to the sensors for switching on and off electric hobs in the kitchen. These three installations are really the “first steps” of home support, but there are many other equipment to make daily life easier: toilet booster seats, electric curtains and shutters, hearing loop, flashing bell…

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