Home help and life support

Staying at home at all costs is the wish of the majority of the elderly. Of the 8,500,000 people over the age of 65, less than 3 per cent live in nursing homes or other specialized establishments. The vast majority of elderly people live at home.

Home care

This maintenance at home is only possible if the social environment, family and the state of health of the person allow it. The entourage plays a predominant role, but a wide range of practical, adapted and personalized solutions can be offered, which bring comfort to the elderly and relieve the entourage.

Home care

They both perform the daily tasks of preparing meals, supplying and maintaining the interior of the house. They can accompany walks, visits to the doctor and administrative procedures. However, they do not have the same status. Domestic help takes place in the home of the elderly if the elderly person does not have sufficient means. Funding for this benefit is provided in part by social assistance or the supplementary pension fund. Housekeepers are usually part of social services or associations. The auxiliary of life, it, intervenes at the request without considering social, medical or financial considerations. She is paid directly by the elderly person. Associations offering such services are numerous. To find out the contact details, please contact the social welfare office of your town hall.

Other services

It ensures the physical and moral comfort of the elderly person, its presence allows the members of the family or the entourage to be absent, to rest or to be relieved of material tasks. Its intervention is an √* la carte service, available for any type of time slot and can extend over the desired duration: day, half day, night, week, weekend ... Its use does not entitle to Direct aid from social agencies and local authorities, except for a few exceptions such as the funding of certain pension funds. As far as possible, an association must be consulted, which offers a guarantee of seriousness in the aid provided and simplifies the remuneration system.

Depending on their complexity, they are provided either by nurses or by nursing aides who intervene as a result of the doctor's prescription. The toilet, care and any other form of their interventions are the pivot of the home help. Their skills also make it possible to appreciate the evolution of medical problems, to report them to the treating physician and to play an effective role of prevention. This care can be supplemented by the intervention of a physiotherapist or speech therapist. Their benefits are covered by the health insurance of the person concerned. For any information, contact your doctor.

Many municipalities offer meal service at home. This service allows people to eat in a balanced way without having to make meals and shopping. You can contact the social worker of the town hall of the elderly person's home.

Remote monitoring is now well established. This remote alarms, at the touch of a button on a device that can be worn around the neck, alerts a central unit to a fault, accident or other emergency call.

There are 5,000 agencies providing care or home care services throughout the country. Staying at home is possible.

"Guide to the best living of the elderly" by Serge Ruchaud and Benoit Chauveau, Editions Seuil pratique, 18,29 EURuros (A lot of information, addresses, stuff ... This guide is a valuable book for all families One of whose members is a senior).

"Role and working methods: Supporting the autonomy of the elderly" by René Taguenes, Editions Frison Roche, 1998.

"Rights and freedoms of sheltered elderly people" by Gérard Brami, Editions Berger-Levrault, 1995.

"The right to age" by Jacqueline Trincaz and Bernadette Puijalon, Editions Fayard, 2000.

National Union of Care and Home Service Associations (UNASsaD), 108 rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, the United States Tel: 01 49 23 82 52

National Federation of Associations of Popular Family Supporters (FNAAFP) 53 rue Riquet 75019 Paris Tel: 01 44 89 86 86

ADESSA: Network of Assisted Living Associations, 3 rue de Nancy, 75010 PARIS, the United States Tel: 01 44 52 82 82