Porous community approach to aged living

MODERN LIVING: Anglicare's Rooty Hill village due to be completed in late 2018.
MODERN LIVING: Anglicare's Rooty Hill village due to be completed in late 2018.

ANGLICARE are creating an inside-out village so that the surrounding community can enjoy many of the facilities available for the residents.

The village, which will have 160 low-rise apartments and a 90-room aged care home, is under construction in Rooty Hill in Sydney and due to be open to occupants aged 60 and over from late in 2018.

The community facilities will be housed in a hub and include retail shops and service outlets. Nearby will be gardens, a children's playground and BBQ area.

Anglicare chief executive officer Grant Millard said the company is attempting to achieve with this development an open living environment, not "a cloistered, enclosed experience".

"It's something that is very much outward community facing with a porous interface to the local community," Mr Millard said.

MODERN APPROACH: An artist's impression of the $70 million
MODERN APPROACH: An artist's impression of the $70 million "porous" Anglicare Rooty Hill retirement village.

"Historically, most retirement villages have their community services, commercial kitchen, dining room, libraries, etc, in the centre of the community and you will have a wall or a perimeter fence that says 'do not enter'.

"Looking at overseas trends and understanding that people ageing want to have safety and security of tenure, but they really don't want to be disengaged; they still want to engage with their community and be a part of it."

The design will allow for some facilities such as the commercial area and gardens to be used by people both within and outside of the residential community.

The decision to develop the Rooty Hill village comes from the company identifying an increasing number of people aged over 60 living in the area, including the large Philippino community, but the area being under-serviced in terms of residential retirement accommodation.

"Our desire is to keep people connected to living within their community, but having an affordable housing option to allow them to stay," Mr Millard said. 

Topics:  affordable housing aged care anglicare retirement living

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