The Homes4Life taxonomy and the KPI-framework of functional performance indicators for the age-friendly home environment are at the heart of the project. They translate the Homes4Life vision into structured, verifiable form and they are the basis on which the Homes4Life certification scheme has been built.
As a project team, we have always thought of the taxonomy and KPI-framework as instruments that constantly evolve and that are developed in co-creation with end-users, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders.
Visit the dedicated part of our website here to find out how you can contribute.
Originally planned to be held in Trondheim/Norway, the conference was organized as a full online event. Homes4Life participated in a session on “Housing and Daily Activities” with a pre-recorded video presentation by Frans Sengers and Alexander Peine (Utrecht University) entitled “Charting the Innovation landscape for Age-friendly housing in Europe”.
Frans and Alexander elaborated upon the diversity of Age-friendly home pilots and experiments across Europe — which they charted as part of the Homes4Life Innovation Analysis — and identified a number of challenges and opportunities for the Homes4Life certification scheme.
The session brought about interesting discussions about housing, technology and ageing in place, capturing various levels of analysis, such as neighbourhoods, homes, furniture, social alarm systems and the internet of things. It further underlined that Homes4Life is a vital part in an exciting global landscape exploring the intersection of digital technologies, places and ageing, and how it comes to shape our lives as we grow older.
Our living environments have a tremendous impact on our health and wellbeing. Ensuring their suitability and adaptability to people’s needs and preferences – including when these needs and preferences evolve over time – is one of the most effective approaches to respond to challenges brought to us by Europe’s ageing demographics. However, a huge share of the building stock is not adapted to permit to older persons to age in place.
To address this challenge, Homes4Life has contributed to the development of a new European certification scheme for Ageing in place.
The final conference of the Homes4Life project will feature high-level speakers who will discuss the Homes4Life Age-Friendly Vision and present Homes4Life key project outcomes. This will be followed by an award ceremony during which we will unveil the names of the 10 pilot sites across Europe which were the first to test the certification scheme.
Detailed programme and speakers will be announced early next year – stay tuned !
Our partner R2M Solution – Régis Decorme – made a pitch of the Homes4Life project in front of the SilverEco award jury on 26th November 2020.
Our project is indeed nominated within the housing category of the contest ! After the short presentation, interesting questions from the jury were raised regarding the typology of buildings addressed by the Homes4life certification, how the certification scheme builds on existing national certifications, and how will be shaped the post-project exploitation model.
Results of the contest will be unveiled on 10th December 2020. Meanwhile, it is still time to vote for us in the “prix du public” category here !
Living and ageing in place are facilitated by how well you can reach the services you need; health or social services, leisure activities, public spaces, supermarkets, social participation … If we want older people to remain as long as they wish in their homes and communities, we have to make sure their housing is also adequate.
Our Homes4life colleague Nhu Tram talked about Mobility as it is also a matter of housing choice, to be able to decide where you want to live.
With the EU-funded project Homes4Life on age-friendly housing, coordinated by Tecnalia in Bilbao, we realized that adequate housing options evolving with the progressive needs of older people are very scarce.
It’s either your family house where you’ve raised your kids, where all your friends and activities are, or the nursing homes that might be far from your community. This lack of housing options can potentially uproot you from your community because you might not have adequate transportation options.
The event took place on 23 and 24 November online.
On the 28th of October Homes4Life project was invited to participate in the virtual event “Viviendas colaborativas para personas que envejecen. Hogares para toda la vida, viviendas colaborativas, cohousing”, organized by the Government of the Region of Asturias, in Spain, the municipality of Ponga ( Asturias, Spain) and the Alliance of Foundations for the Development of Territories.
This virtual event was organized inside the II State Meeting of Collaborative Spaces, Encuentros en Ponga.
Meetings in Ponga (Encuentros en Ponga) are an open space for debate on people’s habitat and its impact on ways of living, taking into account the demographic challenge, especially that arising from the aging of the population.