Fostering independence

Fostering independence

The daily life of dependent elderly people is an obstacle course. The aged often lose their bearings and sense of time, which can be extremely disabling. It is possible to reduce their dependence and help them live with dignity by providing a frame of reference and the chance to engage in stimulating activities.

Creating points of reference

To live life under the best possible conditions, seniors need to exercise their memory, perform repeated gestures and follow a routine to give them points of reference.

Working with specialists, our experts have designed a number of activities specifically intended to maintain and sharpen mental alertness, along with activities that maintain everyday gestures and opportunities for social interaction. Cooking therapy, which involves culinary workshops to stimulate the senses, helps people re-establish a time frame and recover everyday gestures by preparing meals.

In-home assistance for greater autonomy

Demand for delivering home services to dependent people is rapidly developing and diversifying. Specific needs are related to all of the moments of daily life: essential acts (eating, bathing, mobility, housekeeping), conversation and companionship and making trips outside the home to shop, go to work, keep a doctor’s appointment, etc.

In the United States, our subsidiary Comfort Keepers helps elderly and dependent people live in the comfort of their homes. In 2010, the Comfort Keepers network of franchises, operated by professionals who are passionate about their work, had more than 600 independent franchises across the country.

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Personal & Home Services

Sodexo employee with a senior woman

Sodexo contributes to making individuals' daily lives easier responding to important needs at all stages of life.

What we do for... la Maison des Augustines


Recognised through an ISO 9001 certification for their professionalism in quality of services, Sodexo teams ensure the well-being of La Maison des Augustines residents since 1992.

Key figures Health Care & Seniors

5,007 million euro in revenues

24% of Group revenues (Seniors 5%)

80,360 employees

Source: Sodexo Group, FY 2017