Being able to stay – in the place you have come to call home

Being able to stay

Being able to stay – in the place you have come to call home

Vonovia is providing financial support to the “Gemeinsam statt einsam” (Together is better than alone) residential project in Hanover – e. g. by helping to finance a stairlift. (photo)
Vonovia is providing financial support to the “Gemeinsam statt einsam” (Together is better than alone) residential project in Hanover – e. g. by helping to finance a stairlift.

Accessibility.

In order to make it easier for older tenants to move around their own homes, all of Vonovia’s new apartments are classed as “accessible” properties at the very least. We design our apartments in such a way that they do not feature any floor level differences of more than two centimeters. We also equip our buildings with elevators and make sure that interior and front doors of our apartments are wide enough to ensure that even tenants who use walkers can enter them.

In existing apartments, our tenants can arrange for their bathroom to be renovated to make it fully accessible in return for a cost allocation that is added to their rent. There are three options for these “bathrooms in response to tenant requests.” Some of the measures include fitting walk-in showers, wheelchair-adapted sinks and anti-slip tiles.

Remaining Part of the Community.

Older people often have mobility problems that can make getting out of the house a challenge. This is why we cooperate closely with charitable organizations and nursing care services such as the “Caritas” association, the “Johanniter” (Order of St. John charitable organization) or the welfare organization “Arbeiterwohlfahrt”. After all, many people want to be able to stay in their own homes, living independently, for as long as possible.

In order to make it easier for our older tenants to stay part of the community, we also create communal areas in larger blocks of apartments where possible. This allows our tenants to make new friends, get involved in activities and put their own ideas into practice.

The “Palette 6” Vonovia project in Kiel-Mettenhof: a meeting place for people of all ages. (photo)
The “Palette 6” Vonovia project in Kiel-Mettenhof: a meeting place for people of all ages. This helps people to identify with their neighborhood.
75%

are ready to make their apartments senior-friendly.

13,000

vacant apartments were converted, or were starting to be converted, for senior-friendly living in 2017.

1,100

rented apartments were fitted with bathrooms at tenants’ request in 2017, facilitating senior-friendly living.

€ 225 million

was the total spent on converting our properties into senior-friendly apartments.

»We see ourselves as a service provider
in the real estate industry.« Alexander Weihe, Head of Product Management at Vonovia
Alexander Weihe wants to improve the lives of Vonovia tenants, whatever stage of life they might currently find themselves in. (photo)
Alexander Weihe wants to improve the lives of Vonovia tenants, whatever stage of life they might currently find themselves in.

Safe in the Knowledge That Support Is on Hand.

Due to demographic change, the real estate industry is faced with the challenge of allowing tenants to stay in their own homes, living independently, for as long as possible. In addition to construction measures, the Product Management department is working on other solutions to make life easier in old age. Vonovia is using regional pilot projects to collaborate with various partners and tests products to identify their potential for standardization. The products are not luxury items, but rather designed to solve everyday problems. One example is the mobile home distress call solution using GPS signals for older tenants who live alone. Or the “weatherproof walker box” pilot project, which is designed to prevent walkers from blocking escape routes in the hallway.

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