"The Résidence Pierre de Beaujeu is located in the heart of Villefranche sur Saône; served by public transport, access to the city centre is easy. A flowered and planted area surrounds the residence and provides a very pleasant visual setting for the residents."
This is how the nursing home website introduces its public presentation.
If you add the professional and human qualities of its care staff, this paragraph sums up the simple and essential notions of what we can expect from a great EHPAD.
Pierre de Beaujeu's first asset is to keep the elderly in town. However, a third of French people over 60 feel lonely, whether they are in the city or in the country.
Locality is not everything, the art of inclusion calls for a thousand other energies. If the city must reach out to its elderly through citizen action and the development of its infrastructures, architecture must also act as a relay by assuming its openness to the public space, its strong identity, by paying respectful attention to the context and by providing a quality of use for its occupants and staff.
Secondly, this presentation paragraph emphasises the landscape quality of the immediate urban context, inspiring peaceful moments to be lived in the establishment, in touch with nature, to the rhythm of the seasons. The landscaping of the plot must take advantage of this, by creating the vegetal seams of multiple gardens in the heart of the block, planted with tall wall trees.
Finally, it is necessary to take note of climate change and its consequences on the life of EHPADs (global warming, epidemic crisis, etc.) and to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the construction of a new establishment to take the necessary architectural and functional measures.