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

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

How to age well at home? Julien and Sandrine Lourdelet, a couple of liberal nurses from Boutigny, near Meaux, have been asking themselves this question for many months. Based on their experiences from the health sector, they have seen many elderly people give up after being placed in nursing homes.

“We had the opportunity to take care of seniors. We felt their distress, the fact of selling their house, their furniture, where they have all their memories, to go to a non-medical nursing home. So we asked ourselves what we could bring to these people,” explains Julien Lourdelet.

The nurse therefore decided to quit her job, train and create your businesswith the support of his wife, that to put technology at the service of people.

Okidom was born. The principle: to offer solutions for the elderly or the disabled using home automation to facilitate their daily life and thus be able to stay at home. “It’s home support 2.0”. Even if the technologies that the company sells can very well integrated into everyday life for people without special needsbut with a desire for modernity.

Facilities adapted to everyone’s needs

Lighting control, security, remote access to the home, heat control, shutter control, etc. several solutions is proposed to preserve the autonomy of seniors. “The aim is to postpone entry into a retirement home as much as possible”. Julien and Sandrine Lourdelet listen to customers, to adapt the technology according to the pathology of the elderly person.

“We arrange an initial meeting with the senior about his daily life and his fears, then we meet the family to find out how they want to help their elder. Finally, we visit the accommodation. We rely on our views as nurses to define the needs”. Solutions are then proposed for the families.

“We had the case of a person who falls a lot. It was proposed to install a locket with fall detection, a camera so the family can see where the person is in the house, and a door unlocking system so help can enter the home,’ they give as an example.

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The installations are also scalable, that is, they can be changed according to future needs. “Every problem has a solution!”

A desire to grow

But the arrival of technology into the daily lives of these seniors comes at a cost. You have to count between 1,000 and 6,000 euro installations. “But there is Assistive devices. Seniors can apply for the personal autonomy benefit and contact their mutual insurance company or the Department for People with Disabilities.

Today, Okidom caters to a fairly wide audience, throughout Seine-et-Marne and throughout the Marne. The company, which today is based on the Cours Raoult in Meaux, also wants to open a showroom in the future, set up a training center and why not, ddevelop its own components.

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

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