Building and operating an advice and coordination office for senior living
An accessibly built home along with living services can be the key to quality of life for people of all ages. Social contact, a good mix of generations living alongside each other but also parallel service offerings for seniors are highly important these days. bonacasa’s networked approach is to work with communes, municipalities, public authorities and retirement and social institutions to plan and implement solutions that enable seniors to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible, in their own homes.
This approach is being put in place throughout the Wiesental development in Wiesendangen. In the two new properties of Heimstätten-Genossenschaft Winterthur (HGW), a total of 42 apartments were built to meet the needs of the elderly. In one of the houses, HGW – assisted by the Sprecher-Schweizer Foundation and the Wiesendangen communal authorities – has realized a medical practice and communal areas for the residents. The spacious, modern 2.5 to 5.5 room apartments are accessible to the elderly and handicapped, and are also designed to ensure the longest possible life in your own four walls thanks to the bonacasa emergency call and service options.
Based on the development, bonacasa established in 2016 a local counseling center for housing for the elderly to benefit all inhabitants of Wiesendangen, and successfully operated it in the first three years. In 2019 the municipality took over the operation of the counseling center. It provides information on the opportunities for networking with other people in activities and communicates the range of services available at the community level, consisting of professional services and volunteering. The bonacasa emergency call service can be subscribed by all residents of Wiesendangen.