The result of a collaboration between Norup + Wilson and Grandton Limited, Grandton Applecross has re-imagined seniors living, with the 80-apartment boutique development and 10-bed high-care suite set to be located in Applecross.
The development is not your ordinary retirement village offering, making it easy to live a quality life in your senior years, with the opportunity to avoid the final move to an institutional nursing home.
Traditional retirement villages often require seniors to move to an aged care facility, which can often cause couples to separate at a time when they need to be together the most. Grandton is a game-changer and provides a new choice, where your home is your apartment and your apartment is your place for receiving care.
The apartments are planned to be adaptable to cope with changing personal and clinical needs. The Grandton Concierge Service is designed to offer a menu of personal and clinical services and will be supported by 24-hour carers and nurses based onsite, while an enrichment program will offer residents the opportunity to stay physically and mentally active. If you require higher care that cannot be delivered in your apartment, the 10-bed high care facility will host priority access as availability arises.
All apartments are to the highest Norup + Wilson specification – technology-enabled for security and clinical care adaptability, while purposely designed to be more spacious than traditional apartment offerings to cater for wheelchair access and in-home care services.
The building will also be pet friendly, with a range of facilities planned, including a hair salon, gym/yoga spaces, an in-house cinema, a swimming pool, rooftop outdoor areas, and a ground-floor restaurant/coffee shop spilling out onto Kintail Road.
Apart from the menu of clinical services, other available services will include meals from the restaurant within the building, room service, linen service, dry cleaning, apartment cleaning, and dog walking, among others.
“Norup + Wilson’s vision was to create a building that is a place where the family will want to go and see nan and pop,” Norup + Wilson Director John Norup said. “A place that is both warm and inviting – unlike most retirement and aged care facilities that exist today. A place that I would proudly want my own parents to live.”
Grandton Limited Chairman John Frame said the development would set a new benchmark for seniors living.
“Soon we will read in somewhat disbelief – certainly with sadness – the results from the Royal Commission into Aged Care,” he said. “It will be confronting. The question that will arise for seniors is, ‘do I want to spend the last part of my life in an institutional nursing home?’.
“The challenge facing seniors is to synergise the desire to stay in their own home with the opportunity to avoid transitioning to an institutional nursing home and to access personal and clinical care as required at an affordable cost while staying connected to society. The Grandton Applecross model, envisioned over the past decade, addresses these challenges.”
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