Discover the shared apartment for seniors of the Fondation de Rothschild Pleine vie
With its shared apartment for seniors, the Rothschild Foundation offers a new type of accommodation for aging in place, an alternative solution between a personal apartment and a collective structure. With its shared apartment, the Rothschild Foundation is competing for the third edition of the Prix Pleine Vie in the Commitment category.
A new reception mode to change the support for seniors
Many seniors want to age in place. However, despite all the efforts of relatives, it is not always possible to allow the elderly to stay at home. A departure in a collective structure, for example in EHPAD, is often badly experienced by the person concerned, as well as by his relatives who feel guilty.
Between the personal apartment and the collective structure, the Rothschild Foundation offers a new path : the shared apartment to preserve the freedom of seniors while accompanying them. This makes it possible to age in place, even if autonomy decreases and care is needed.
Housing supported, shared and integrated into local life
The Rothschild Foundation has chosen to set up its shared apartment in the heart of the 12th arrondissement of Paris, near the green corridor, public transport, shops and restaurants.
The apartment will accommodate 10 people over 65, men and women, suffering from loneliness and/or pathology, without neurodegenerative disease. These will be people whose state of health does not require the permanent presence of a care team. If everyone is free to leave this place of life when they wish, the Rothschild Foundation wishes to promote long-term reception to create a community of life.
This welcoming, comfortable accommodation is suitable for the elderly and secure. It includes shared living spaces – two lounge areas, a kitchen and a dining room – as well as spacious individual bedrooms of approximately 25 m2 for each inhabitant. One of the main objectives is indeed to preserve people’s autonomy. Also, in this shared accommodation, everyone will be able to participate in the activities or outings that will be offered, share their passions or talents (music, cooking, art, etc.) and participate in daily life, for example in the preparation of meals, clearing away, etc. Collective life will be governed by a charge signed by all the inhabitants. But everyone will remain free to choose their rhythm of life without constraint, for example their times of getting up and going to bed. Similarly, everyone will be able to welcome their loved ones to visit them or share a meal, for example.
With regard to the medical follow-up of the inhabitants, it will be provided by independent doctors and nurses. Everyone will therefore have the freedom to choose their practitioners (many local doctors and nurses are present in the neighborhood, as well as a pharmacy). The Foundation will nevertheless be able to help residents choose practitioners suited to their needs. Finally, security surveillance will be present 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Night presences can be ensured by nursing students: a reassuring presence for residents and their relatives, which will also promote intergenerational exchanges.