The Department Council of the Hautes-Pyrénées will be present again this year for the holding of the fair dedicated to the elderly. Michel Pélieu, President of the Department, explains what the Department Council does for them.
The Salon des seniors is organized for its sixth year. How important is this event for the Hautes-Pyrenees?
The organization of this event remains very current and responds to a real need for information on the part of families on the various existing aids, be they human, material, or simply to find ideas and advice. The adaptation of society
aging is indeed a real challenge, especially in our department, where a third of the population is over 60. This meeting is therefore particularly interesting for our seniors as it brings together in a single site a large number of social, medical and economic actors, responsible for supporting them every day. An area in which the Department is the protagonist and which obviously leads us to be present for the entire duration of the exhibition.
What will the County Council offer on its stand during the Show?
Our booth is intended to inform and educate visitors about the types of care and support available to seniors. The public can meet here the professionals of the Departmental House for Autonomy which brings together the Department of Autonomy Directorate and the Departmental House for the Disabled.
The animation also includes the MAIA (Method of action for the integration of assistance and assistance services in the field of Autonomy), as well as the coordinators of CLIC (Local Information Centers and Gerontology Coordination). We can also count on the presence of adapted physical activity professionals who will propose balance, muscle strengthening or flexibility workshops.
The Department allocates a large portion of its budget to the elderly. Specifically, what do these expenses allow?
This year the Department will devote nearly 63 million euros to its policy in favor of the elderly. This is one of the largest expense items in the departmental budget. The aid financed by the Department makes it possible to support almost 10,000 Hauts-Pyrénéens in situations of dependence every month, both at home and in the factories.
What are the main actions carried out by the Department towards this public?
In most situations, seniors facing a loss of autonomy want to stay home as long as possible. It is very important that the Department supports them in this choice. Through the APA (Personalized Autonomy Allowance), we finance home assistants to support the elderly in the acts of daily life and in the adaptation of their accommodation.
There are also numerous actions to prevent the loss of autonomy thanks to various mechanisms such as PAERPA (Travel for the elderly at risk of loss of autonomy) which offers in particular personalized health plans. The Conference of Lenders allows the implementation of preventive actions: adapted physical activity, memory or nutrition workshops … The Department also acts to better inform and guide the elderly and their caregivers thanks to the six Information and Coordination Centers (CLIC ) distributed throughout the territory. Finally, it is necessary to underline the actions carried out within the MAIA to promote cooperation between all partners who work with the elderly in the health, social and medical-social fields and also to support more complex situations. As you can see, the Department acts on all fronts in its mission to support the elderly.
What is the situation of EHPADs in the department?
The Hautes-Pyrénées have a large number of reception establishments. To date we have 35 nursing homes, not forgetting the one in Horgues which will soon be open. Our territory also has 5 long-term care units, 40 recognized foster families and 24 authorized home care facilities. The Department supports these establishments and services in their renovation or expansion projects. To take the example of retirement homes, we are allocating € 6,000 in investment subsidies for permanent bed, subject to the allocation of other subsidies. The Department also monitors the quality of the service in facilities dedicated to the elderly or with loss of autonomy. We also closely follow the reflections carried out at national level on the retirement homes of the future. The latter will constitute a real “platform of services and resources”. The nursing home of the future will be able to provide assistance and home assistance services, support for caregivers,
access to paramedical professionals, access to treatment through telemedicine, the carrying out of collective workshops to prevent loss of autonomy and combat isolation, but also access to catering, laundry and mobility.
Population aging will continue. What are the Department’s plans to support this?
The aging of our population is a fact, but in no way should it be seen as a constraint, much less as a source of additional expenditure.
It is also the consequence of a positive image of our territory, of a quality of life that attracts young retirees. Especially since the elderly play an important role in the economic and social dynamics of our territory: consumption, tourism, culture, volunteering …
And then it is first of all an opportunity to live together longer. And one of the missions of the Department is to support this coexistence. With this in mind, the Department is engaged with its partners in the development of actions aimed at preventing the loss of autonomy of vulnerable or at-risk populations. The actions funded revolve around physical activity, nutrition, digital technology but also housing, with the aim of creating or recreating social bonds for people who are sometimes very isolated. This is also the meaning we want to give to our solidarity policies. Our desire is to maintain the relationship between the elderly and those around them. We are certainly responsible for the help systems, but we must also restore the taste of others.
Dates and times: from 28 April to 1 May 2022. From 10:00 to 20:00 (19:00 on Sundays).
- Adults: € 6
- Children under 5: free
Place : Exhibition Center, Boulevard Kennedy, 65000 Tarbes
T.. 09 72 11 00 30