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Archipel Habitat Receives the "HLM, Partners of the Aging" Prize in Rennes, France

The aging of a population raises multiple stakes. Home care service for the elderly is one of them. For HLM (rent-controlled) housing, it’s a matter of bringing solutions to their tenants, so that they can then live at home autonomously for the longest time possible. For several years, the Archipel Habitat has been following a

The aging of a population raises multiple stakes. Home care service for the elderly is one of them. For HLM (rent-controlled) housing, it's a matter of bringing solutions to their tenants, so that they can then live at home autonomously for the longest time possible.

For several years, the Archipel Habitat has been following a universal and collaborative policy on this topic. In this capacity, the social landlord came to receive the "HLM, Partners of the Aging" Prize at the National Congress of the Social Union for Habitats - a nice recognition of the building complex and its extensive work with partner organizations.

Archipel Habitat, Rennes, France

The "HLM, Partners of the Aging" Prize: A Reward for a Collective Logic

This prize, organized by USH, CNAV and the Deposits Fund, rewards the best initiatives of HLM organisms, which through their work contribute to society's adaptation to aging. The Archipel Habitat became a candidate in the "Social and Local Tenant Management" category on the topic of "the Archipel Habitat's policy, which promotes home care for the elderly." It is this record representing the great trajectories of reflections and actions that are often collective (inter-landlord) that won the jury's favor.

"We are very proud to receive this "HLM, Partners of the Aging" prize in the name of the Archipel Habitat teams. This is the reward for a shared labor, a collective logic that works today," explained Annie Bras-Denis, General Assistant Director of the Archipel Habitat. "This result is the fruit of the close collaboration we enjoy with our partners, social landlords, but also the City of Rennes, a city that is a "friend of the elderly." In this capacity, the municipality has provided real instigation for this policy in favor of the elderly and today supports our initiatives with vigor and enthusiasm," she concluded.

"A Collaborative Approach from A to Z"

Since 2007, on the level of support for home care for the elderly, the Archipel Habitat has developed different actions and initiatives that are at the center of the organism itself or in partnership with local actors. Their objective is to promote home care for the elderly by finding alternatives to entering the establishment, all the while supporting the person in all the actions of daily life, thanks to partners.

Taking into consideration people aged sixty and above allows for anticipating the needs and difficulties that could arise over the years.

From the start, the Archipel Habitat diagnosed its built heritage and established a classification of its properties, and then its dwellings. This mapping process has allowed it to put into place a rehabilitation and planning process in order to adapt each identified dwelling to an elderly population.

Archipel Habitat, Rennes, France

The construction of new dwellings meant for the elderly was also launched in parallel - a strong point for the Archipel Habitat, which in such a way manifested its will for an inter-generational and social mix.

The support of new technologies is an asset that the Archipel Habitat knew how to valorize during this competition. In effect, the housing tested a domestic aid and home care service for the elderly (IDA project). This experiment allowed the Archipel Habitat to determine what was coming out of the landlord's level of competences and what was coming out of the level of competences of the home care agents in order to optimize putting into place adequate services.

Moreover, a payee who is at the center of the Archipel Habitat and is dedicated to an audience of elderly people gives advice, informs and orients its tenants. He or she is familiar with the medical-social environment and the different actors of intervention or home care - a real plus for this audience.

Lastly, raising the awareness of the tenants for home care for the elderly is foremost. Through open house days of the adapted model units, the Archipel Habitat hears out the needs and expectations of the elderly - an inevitable step for better understanding and anticipating their futures at home.

Is "aging in place" possible in your community or do most elderly transition to homes? Share your experiences below.

Original article, originally published in French, here.

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Bora Mici has a background in design and online writing. Most recently, she has worked as an online contributor for DC Mud, Patch.com, GoodSpeaks.org and WatchingAmerica.com, covering urban planning and visual and performing arts in the Washington, D...

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