Seine-et-Marne: Two nurses use technology to keep seniors at home

Okidom’s promise: to enable seniors in Seine-et-Marne to stay at home thanks to home automation. © Illustration/Adobe Stock

How to age well at home This is the question asked by Julien and Sandrine Lourdelet, a couple of liberal nurses Boutignyvicinity Meaux, ask for many months. Because of their experience in the healthcare sector, they have seen how many elderly people have been released after being placed in a nursing home.

“We had the opportunity to take care of it senior citizens. We felt their distress, the fact that they sold their house, their furniture, where they keep all their memories, to go into a non-medical retirement home. So we asked ourselves what we could bring to these people,” explains Julien Lourdelet.

The nurse therefore decided to quit his job, continue his education and create your companywith the support of his wife, too Putting technology at the service of people.

Okidom was born. The principle: to offer solutions for the elderly or people with reduced mobility Use home automation make their everyday life easier and thus be able to stay at home. “This is home help 2.0”. Even if the technologies sold by the company are very good at it integrate into the everyday life of people without special needsbut with a desire for modernity.

Facilities adapted to the needs of all

Light management, security, home remote access, heating control, shutter control, etc. multiple solutions are proposed to preserve the autonomy of seniors. “The goal is to delay entry into a retirement home as much as possible.” Julien and Sandrine Lourdelet listen to customers Adjust the technology according to the pathology of the elderly.

“We organize an initial meeting with the senior about their daily life and fears, then we meet with the family to find out how they plan to help their eldest. Finally we visit the accommodation. We rely on our perspective as carers to define the needs.” Solutions are then proposed to the families.

“We had the case of a person who falls often. It was suggested to install a locket with fall detection, a camera so the family can see where the person is in the house and a door opening system so help can get into the home,” they give as an example.

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The installations are also scalable, which means they can adapt to future requirements. “Every problem has a solution! »

The desire to grow

But introducing technology into the daily lives of these seniors comes at a price. In between you have to calculate 1,000 and 6,000 euro installations. “But there are AIDS. Seniors can applypersonalized autonomy allowance and contact their mutual or the Department house for people with disabilities.

Today, Okidom caters to a fairly large audience around the world Seine et Marne and all marl. The company, currently based in Cours Raoult in Meaux, also wishes open an exhibition space in the future, establish a training center and why not, i.edevelop your own components.

Okidom, www.okidom.com, 01 64 33 44 82.

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