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Partnership promises to deliver new accreditation to retirement living industry

Delivering a renewed accreditation scheme for the retirement living industry is the soul focus of a new partnership between the the Property Council of Australia and aged care peak body Leading Age Services Australia (LASA).

<p>RetireAustralia’s Bartonvale Gardens Retirement Village is one of the provider’s portfolio offering the new contracts (Source: RetireAustralia)</p>

RetireAustralia’s Bartonvale Gardens Retirement Village is one of the provider’s portfolio offering the new contracts (Source: RetireAustralia)

The joint Heads-of-Agreement for co-management of the renewed scheme has officially been entered into by both organisation as they ai to work together over the coming months to merge the existing Lifemark and IRCAS schemes into a single entity.

Executive Director – Retirement Living at the Property Council, Ben Myers, says a key focus of the new partnership is to ensure retirement living accreditation delivers “real outcomes” and raises standards for residents throughout 2018 and beyond.

“A robust accreditation scheme for Australian retirement villages will deliver peace of mind to incoming and current residents about the quality of their community and the capability of their village’s staff and procedures,” he says.

“We’re delighted to be working with LASA to ensure our industry delivers a solution that will help to raise standards across the industry.”

LASA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sean Rooney says the peak body looks forward to working with the Property Council, adding that having one national accreditation scheme will help to strengthen the system, in turn assisting both consumers and providers of retirement living.

“A clear, strong, single accreditation scheme will set new benchmarks for community expectations and deliver greater consumer-confidence for the industry,” he says.

As part of the partnership and their goal of delivering a renewed accreditation scheme for the retirement living industry, a joint steering committee to advise on and oversee the changes to retirement living accreditation will be formed, with the goal of finalising the new scheme over the coming months.

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