The Hogeweyk dementia village in the Netherlands is like The Truman Show. The community is designed to look identical to the outside world, complete with nurses, doctors and carers dressed in plain clothes. Specialist dementia villages are just one way this sector is evolving – The Fifth Estate has taken a closer look at alternatives that turn traditional senior living on its head.
Faced with an ageing population and community concern about the quality of aged care services, the pressure is on for the industry to do better.
A forgotten, unused office park in a southern Canberra suburb will get a second life as an energy efficient aged care and retirement village for up to 450 people.
One of Australia’s biggest energy efficiency programs in the energy-intensive aged care sector is underway, with Verdia outfitting 54 Opal Aged Care properties on the easter seaboard with LED lights and solar panels.
An aged care company’s reduced reliance on coal and other fossil fuels and increased reliance on renewable energy can have a positive economic impact while improving the health of our environment.
Sustainability makes both ethical and financial sense, according to Queensland aged care provider Carinity, which is trying to turn nursing homes’ poor reputation on its head with a more engaging, nature-focused experience.