Demographic forecasts predict that Australia’s demand for aged care services will soon outstrip supply. Living longer lives means we have more years being active, but it also means more complex health requirements as we age. Consumer expectations have changed, with a growing demand for a higher standard of living. At the same time, the aged care sector is under high levels of scrutiny, with the 2019 Royal Commission Report casting a spotlight on an industry that needs significant reform.
Leading aged care providers are responding by replacing outdated, institutional models of care with modern, home-like environments that place an emphasis on person-centered care. The modern aged care facility is built around the resident’s wellbeing, personal needs and overall dignity, while supporting carers in providing high levels of care safely and efficiently. The application of holistic design methods marries aesthetic comfort and technology while promoting the safety and wellbeing of residents, families and staff, including residents with comorbidities, dementia and other health challenges.
The 2019 Royal Commission Report and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were wake-up calls for the industry, but also present an opportunity to create a better future. Aged care providers are architecturally evolving their operating models to ensure service improvement and business sustainability. Against this backdrop, the role that design and technology play in creating safe and comfortable environments has the potential to transform the industry.
In this collection of whitepapers, podcasts and case studies, we look at new opportunities, design solutions and technology that will enable architects, designers and specifiers to deliver real positive change to the overall experience and wellbeing of aged care residents.
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