Perce Neige is an association that manages specialized institutions for individuals with one or more mental/physical disabilities, aged 40 and over. The Perce-Neige Home in Saint Laurent-sur-Gorre, France is a residential care home that opened its doors in 2010. It provides housing, social support, cultural activities and medical care for around thirty people.
In order to promote social integration and bonding among its residents, the Perce-Neige Home in Saint-Laurent-sur-Gorre is organized in “living units”, of no more than five or six people each. Each “living unit” includes a kitchen and a room where residents can relax and socialize. These areas had become outdated and need to be remodeled to be more welcoming and cheerful for its residents.
The Air Liquide Foundation supported the refurbishment of three of these common areas by providing funds for new furniture (including sofas and armchairs) that is specially adapted to meet the residents' needs. The project also has an educational component by getting the residents involved in choosing the furniture, deciding where to place it and picking out new decorations.