The apartments, initiated by aged care provider Bethanie, aim to provide the “perfect balance” of support and independence offering a lifestyle option somewhere between what is offered in an Independent Living Unit and an Aged Care Facility.
Bethanie says the Bethanie on the Park apartments are targeted at those aged 80 and over with Chief Executive Officer Chris How saying they offer a “completely new category in aged care living”.
“We saw a gap in the market for an option which just wasn’t available here in WA - we are offering retirement living in a completely serviced market,” he says.
“We know how important it is within the ageing process to retain independence - what these serviced apartments offer is the option to remove some of the necessary everyday tasks that can become more difficult and perhaps keep us from staying at home longer.”
The apartments offer freshly cooked daily meals, weekly cleaning and laundry, facilities to maintain an active social life as well as built-in health technologies allowing independent living with the necessary support.
The new technology utilised in the apartments include devices that recognise if the resident has had a fall, triggering an alarm for a response to the apartment in minutes - a service that Mr How says means residents can be supported by the latest technology that ensures the highest level of care with minimal interference.
“We are offering our ageing population the chance to remain independent, with peace of mind that help is never far away,” he says.
“With sociability and independence not only provided but encouraged, this new service is a great option for general practitioners to guide their clients - especially given the health support options we will have on hand 24/7.”
The apartments, expected to be completed this month, are offered in one or two bedroom options and each features a large balcony as well as access to the Bethanie on the Park Clubhouse which offers additional features such as a ballroom, dining area, bar and entertainment zone, library, hair salon, on-site wellness centre, and a fully equipped gymnasium.
The apartments will also support a greater village, complementing existing villas and apartments.