August 17, 2016

Finnish retirement home seeks global marketplace

In Finland, there are several ongoing Virkkulakylä projects, for example in Siuntio, Joensuu and Kontiolahti (pictured).
In Finland, there are several ongoing Virkkulakylä projects, for example in Siuntio, Joensuu and Kontiolahti (pictured).
Virkkulakylä

Finnish retirement home model is taking its concept abroad.

Finnish Leo Tolonen, founder of the retirement home model “Virkkulakylä”, and a Polish real estate investment company Icon Real Estate have reached a preliminary agreement on Tolonen’s brand, reports Helsingin Sanomat. Ultimately, the goal of the deal is to internationalise the Virkkulakylä model.

The idea of the Virkkulakylä model is to create a unique living environment for elderly people, based on their own needs. This is guaranteed by involving the future tenants already in the planning process of the retirement home.

“Our goal is to design a safe living environment for an elderly person,” says Tolonen. “We offer a space where people can take care of themselves, stay lively and receive help if needed. “

In Virkkulakylä model the village consists of a sheltered home and nearby apartments for independent living. As the condition of the people living independently declines, they can start to utilise the services of the sheltered home.

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