They are fully behind the new competence center (from left): Jochen Specht, Christine Bagozzi, Dietlinde Pointner and Christian Salberg. © Artist S.ROSSMANN
Here you will soon see what is possible and how it works: In Grafing, a competence center for accessibility and care is being brewed - this is interesting for seniors and craftsmen.
District – "Often it's just the little things" that would enable seniors to live a self-determined life in their familiar environment, says Christine Bagozzi. She and Dietlinde Pointner have already started their work as certified housing and care counsellors at the district's Competence Centre for Accessibility and Care in Ebersberg at Marienplatz 11, with the rest still to come. In Grafing at Marktplatz 5, a showroom is currently being built on an area of 280 square meters on the top floor of the Wildbräuhaus with architectural examples of how to make life easier for elderly seniors.
Not only older people can get information here, but also craftsmen, who are then supposed to put the ideas into practice. In addition, the district's initiative sees itself as a point of contact for senior citizens' associations and is a response to the results of a citizen survey conducted in 2020. According to current plans, the exhibition and consultation centre will be officially inaugurated at the end of October 2023.
Barrier-free living is becoming increasingly important
Barrier-free and handicapped-accessible living is increasingly becoming the focus of public attention. While there were a total of 60 consultations last year, this number was almost reached at the beginning of June this year, reports Jochen Specht from the Demography Department in the Ebersberg District Office. What's possible and how it's done: Everything will revolve around this question in the newly created competence center for the district of Ebersberg. The choice fell on Grafing. The place is centrally located, not too close to a similar, existing facility in Munich Riem, is easily accessible by public transport and barrier-free, says Specht. In addition, most of the inquiries on the subject come from Grafing. The center will be open four days a week and will offer housing advice and practical examples in equal measure, announces department head Christian Salberg.
Building advice, housing advice and examples of a bathroom conversion, a handicapped-accessible toilet or a bedroom: "This is a unique selling point," says Specht. He also recommends a visit to the competence centre to anyone who wants to build a house themselves and is far from reaching senior age. After all, "forward-looking construction" often helps enormously to save a lot of money when conversions are necessary later. "Where there is no mobility, we offer home visits," says Dietline Pointner.
60000 euros will be invested
When completed, the competence center will cost a total of 60,000 euros to the district of Ebersberg. The fact that this investment mark was not exceeded despite the Corona crisis and the Ukraine war is thanks to the sponsorship of the Clarissa and Michael Käfer Foundation and the Kreissparkasse Ebersberg.
Positive side effect: Grafing gets another handicapped-accessible toilet on the market square. The conversion of the historic building is carried out by the client, the interior work by the district.
The competence center also pursues an aesthetic approach, says Salberg. "People don't want to live like in a medical supply store. It has to be beautiful, too." Suggestions for this were made during visits to relevant trade fairs. When it comes to everyday items, it doesn't always have to be plastic. For example, there are soup plates made of porcelain which, due to their special design, do not have to be lifted in order to be able to spoon them out completely. Sounds like little, but it is a decisive advantage for a stroke patient with hemiplegia on one side, says Salberg.
The information centre will be designed in such a way that lectures can also be organised here, for example for craftsmen who want to serve a growing market.
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