In the bayside leafy suburb of Albert Park in
Adaptive reuse projects to combat a tight construction market
In the Australian aged care sector, there is a huge opportunity to increase adaptive reuse. That means using existing buildings rather than the construction of new ones, especially in a tight construction market.
Despite this, the need for aged care only increases, necessitating ways of looking towards the conversion of established buildings. These might require only half the construction work and rely on different skill sets, particularly builders with expertise in internal refurbishment. Importantly, this approach also avoids the environmental impact of demolition and provides a new lease of life to ageing assets.
As The Grace and The Alba testify, adaptive
Hybrid approaches to care for couples
At a conference recently, I was presented with the idea that retirement villages can play a larger role in the provision of
This is where the rise of supported living apartments, or assisted living residences, can provide a viable alternative. While living independently, residents can gain access to at-home care services that help to uphold their wellbeing and allow them to age with dignity.
This hybrid model can also cater to couples, those who have lived together for a long time and want to stay together but may require different levels of support. With this approach, both parties receive the necessary support, respite and independence. With many stigmas and controversies surrounding residential aged care, assisted living presents a highly practical and empathetic solution that is gaining traction among providers and residents alike.
The rise of verticality
As our population ages, it is increasingly important that infrastructure is put in place to support the needs of this demographic, including in our inner-city suburbs and established neighbourhoods. It might not be sustainable or feasible for the elderly to move out of their local area in search of a home that will meet their care needs. Ideally, they should be able to stay within their neighbourhoods — close to family, friends, and familiar social spaces. This allows them to maintain their sense of belonging and community.
Vertical aged care can provide purpose-built
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