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Silver Concept celebrates the retirement home of the future

17 Dec 2014 | Health Nutrition, A region on the move

A fresh look at residential care for dependent seniors focuses on making the most of life at any age: Silver Concept presents the assisted living residence of the future.

How can we improve quality of life for dependent seniors in assisted living? And what’s the best way to deliver independence, safety and well-being for residents, while helping healthcare professionals deliver the very best service?

The new Silver Concept exhibit in Lille’s Grand Palais sets out to answer these questions and more, and over 800 visitors were on hand for the opening on December 4, as Lille Region health industry network Clubster Santé joined forces with Lille’s University Hospital Center (CHRU) to look into the future. The two partners had already teamed up to design Opus 1, the hospital room of the future, and Opus 2, the outpatient surgery center of tomorrow. This time, their task was designing tomorrow’s retirement home, and some 50 businesses in Northern France helped them meet the challenge.


“We weren’t interested in creating a futuristic bubble with a lot of technology for technology’s sake. Instead we focused on the practical: designing an adaptable and very personal room for each resident, set in an inviting center where people will feel at home—where residents can enjoy life and healthcare professionals can do their job well, too,” explains Dr. François Puisieux, head of gerontology at the Lille University Hospital Center.

Guiding principles… 

The first priority behind the Silver Concept room is adaptability—rooms are designed to deliver maximum independence and reflect each resident’s personal taste, evolving as the resident’s needs change. Safe mobility is another essential: to eliminate the fear of falling and keep seniors moving safely, the facility features special bars and equipment, and digital technology helps residents, healthcare providers and aids stay connected throughout the center.

…define three jointly designed spaces:

  • Adaptable rooms designed for independent living
  • A multi-function service area
  • An inviting, modular community room


Rooms that promote independence

  • Adaptable sliding wall to create and maintain personal space
  • Floor sensors alert staff to falls
  • Home automation

Inviting, modular common room

  • Touch-screen technology
  • Kitchen area equipped with adjustable-height counters, sink and cooktops
  • Smart fridge
  • Telemedicine area: remote assistance

Promoting mobility

  • Connected wristbands for safe movement
  • Specially designed wheelchairs

Over 1.4 million people in France are 85 or older—a number set to quadruple in the next four decades. 

Source: Silver Concept press kit, La Voix du Nord

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