VIDEO: Ageing in Place for Seniors

23 Mar 2018

Access Housing’s South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot Projects delivered 23 new 2 and 3-bedroom villas at Boyanup and Dardanup.

The projects, which reached completion in mid-2017, have provided seniors local to the South West with the opportunity to ‘right size’ into affordable homes better suited to their needs without having to leave their community.

Each of the new homes include special Livable Housing Design features to suit residents’ abilities and changing needs and provide at least a Gold(*) level of accessibility. Two villas at each development provide a Platinum(#) level of accessibility.

Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Garry Ellender said there are a number of wellbeing benefits that come with ‘ageing in place’ including the ongoing enjoyment of existing social, health and family support networks within the residents’ local community.

“As people grow older there is often the need to find housing more suited to their abilities and lifestyle, but options in some regional areas have been limited. As a result, local retirees have traditionally had to either remain in their existing home or leave their community to find housing more appropriate for their needs,” Mr Ellender said.

Access Housing has retained seven of the new villas at each project for affordable rental purposes, with the remaining nine available for sale. Three original villas at the Boyanup site have also undergone modern refurbishments and are now for sale. For more information about home purchase opportunities within either of these developments, please contact Magna Realty on (08) 6555 7599. Proceeds generated through the sale of villas within the developments will be rolled forward to help fund the construction of more affordable homes for seniors in the South West.

Access Housing’s South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot Projects were supported by Royalties for Regions.

(*) and (#): For more information about Livable Housing Design guidelines, including requirements for Gold and Platinum level accessibility, please visit www.livablehousingaustralia.org.au.