Retirement revolution hits Perth with all-in-one luxury villages

A retirement revolution is happening in Perth, and it’s changing everything we know about aged care.

Perth retiree Bridget Hilton,75, may have downsized where she lives, but she hasn’t downsized her life or independence after moving into Como’s Meath Care retirement village.

“I’m very happy I just love it,” she said of the luxury all-in-one residence. “Best decision I made.”

“The swimming pool, the gym and this club house here — it’s just absolutely amazing, fantastic.

“The thing that attracted me to this is community living.”

The village recently added a building next door that offers high care, especially for people with dementia. The all-in-one approach is the way aged care across the country is heading.

Ms Hilton said having everything on the same site made it easier for families.

“So it’s not going to be hard for the family to look… ‘where will we put mum?’,” she said. “We go can straight in there.”

Meath Care chief executive Olive Wright said the village aimed to cover all bases for retirement and help keep people together.

“We’re hoping it will attract them into the village with the view, or thinking, of the future,” she said. “So if they need extra services they will be available.

“They can come over here and have meals and socialise with him. Or, they can take them back over to their villa so they’re still feeling part of the community.”

Gabby Taylor was one of the first to move into the state-of-the-art aged care residence. Besides around-the-clock care it also has amenities such as its own hairdresser and beautician.

“I love it,” Ms Taylor said. “It’s like buying something new, you know. You get really excited.”

Ms Wright said staff were actively involved in residents’ lives.

“Aged care isn’t about locking residents away,” she said.

“We want to be involved. We want to be engaged and make sure our older Australians are well looked after.”

Wood & Grieve Engineers, now part of Stantec (WGE) are proud to have been involved in the design and construction of Meath Care retirement village, referred to as the Michael Lee Centre. WGE provided a variety of engineering disciplines towards the project, including Acoustics, Electrical, Fire Engineering, Hydraulics, Mechanical, Sustainability and Vertical Transportation.

The multi-stage redevelopment project involved constructing 130 single-bed residences within eight double-storey wings, which were arranged around four internal courtyards. This all occurred while 38 residents remained in the original buildings, with the utmost care taken to ensure limited disruption to the facility’s operations.

As a result, the new centre offers the comforts of ‘at-home’ living together with best practice aged care service including the installation of dementia monitoring systems within each bedroom.

Article courtesy of The West Australian; first published 1 June 2019. 

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