Colin Osborne is CEO of Peninsula Villages on the NSW Central Coast, which accommodates 300 residents across its three residential care facilities. Never in his 35 years of working in the health industry has he seen the kind of crisis level exhaustion that he is seeing on a daily basis from frontline aged care workers at present.
DKO Architecture's Jesse Linardi was instrumental in developing a new, state-of-the-art communal space for Lifestyle Communities retirement villages. "Our approach was formed around placing a building within a community that wasn’t age specific and could become a desired destination in itself, with an offering for everyone," he says. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
One of the problems with retirement villages is that they tend to treat “older people” as a homogeneous category, as more or less “the same” simply because they are over 60. The reality is that residents have extremely diverse needs and span up to three decades – from 60 to over 90.
Smart Homes for Seniors, Intelligent Home Solutions for Independent Living is a new multiple university study into what extent smart technology and artificial intelligence will augment aged care in the future. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to researcher Dr Sarah Pink about the project.
The first retirement villages have been awarded Australian Retirement Village Accreditation Scheme (ARVAS) accreditation, giving confidence to residents and guaranteeing the provision of reliable and quality services.