We all become old and suddenly find ourselves living alone.
As I get lonely easily, I’m already worrying about it, imagining such a thing… (Too early?)
In addition, as people get older, they go to the senior day care center whether they like it or not, and when it becomes difficult for an elderly family to live alone, they often leave the area they were used to and move to Tokyo or somewhere their children live. I think it would be great if we could change the situation from “we have no choice” to “we have a choice”.
Apartment + Local Community Center
Everyone has a different ideal of how they want to live.
If I could, I would like to spend my last days surrounded by people in a familiar place, but some people want to stay away from people as much as possible, some people want to immerse themselves in their work or hobbies, and some people want to stay in the mountains…and so on.
Nobishiro House, newly opened this year in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture, is an apartment with a great idea that’s perfect for a person like me.
It consists of two buildings. The left building has 8 apartments, the 1st floor of the right building has a cafe and a coin laundry, and the 2nd floor has home-visit medical care base and home-visit nursing base.
It is an eight-room apartment building on the left, with the first floor planned to be occupied mainly by the elderly and the second floor by the young people.
The following are some of the initiatives that I think are really wonderful here.
The rule is that the young people who live on the second floor (called social workers here) must talk to the elderly people who live on the first floor every day. There will be two social workers in total, and in exchange for their role as social workers, they will be able to live at half the normal rent.
In general, it is difficult to rent a house unless you are 65 years old or younger in Japan, but here, there is no age limit for both young and old. Furthermore, the apartments are designed to be universal design, and has elderly monitoring service, making it possible to live in an ordinary rental apartment for about 20,000 yen more.
Once a month, a “tea party” and a “free medical consultation session” are held so that residents can get to know each other and their neighbors.
In addition to the fact that the building next to the apartment is occupied by a café and a laundry where people gather, so it is always lively, the second floor houses a home-visit medical care base and home-visit nursing base, making it easy to consult with them when medical or nursing care is needed.
It has a sensor that automatically notifies you if the lights in your room are left on or off for a certain period of time. It also has a sensor that automatically notifies you if the water in the kitchen or toilet has not been used for a certain period of time.
I thought it was a great advantage to have a structure that allows for natural, multi-generational interaction, so you don’t have to force yourself to make an effort to join a new community.
The facility is full of structure that allow the elderly residents and their families to feel safe and secure, and is making wonderful efforts to solve today’s social issues.
Lastly, I’d like to thank Ms. Ayukawa, the president of Nobishiro Corporation, for her polite and kind explanation and guidance to us🙏