Part 1 Our retirement village model: philosophy driven design
Welcome to the first of a series of articles on RCA’s unique philosophies and retirement village operating model. As our ageing population grows, so does the number of retirement living choices. In this series, we’ll explore what makes Retirement Communities Australia (RCA) retirement villages unique and a great lifestyle choice for many Victorian seniors.
A warm welcome
We’re a family owned business bringing decades of passion, experience and knowledge about Victoria’s retirement village industry to each of our retirement villages. Our philosophies are multi-faceted and always focused on optimising lifestyle choices for our residents.
Over the coming months, join us and explore each of these facets further, starting with the philosophies that drive our village locations and designs, in this article.
In future articles, we’ll dive deeper into how we’re able to offer great value for money supported by our retirement village financial model (Part 2); our proactive approach to Active Health for the wellbeing of our residents, and health of our villages (Part 3); and why we’re such strong advocates of Active Management (Part 4).
The philosophies that shape RCA villages
Our overarching retirement village philosophy is simple. It is to create beautiful places that are warm and friendly but practical to live in.
Located for an easy lifestyle
“Over the years, we have noticed that there are certain areas that attract people who are considering a village lifestyle. That is why, when seeking to develop new villages, we are keen to locate them in areas where services and amenity is first rate and lifestyle options are premium. We are also keen to create a network of villages in these prime locations,” reflected RCA’s Managing Director, Andrew Philip.
RCA retirement villages will always be located near amenities within easy reach – mostly on foot. Convenience makes for a lovely, easy lifestyle that opens itself up for spontaneous decisions. The type of spontaneity that most of us reserve for holidays.
As an example Point Cook Village residents are literally within walking distance to Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre across the road. New boutique retirement village, Main St Village Pakenham is located right in the heart of Pakenham yet retaining its leafy, wholesome, rural appeal and rich history. Planned weekly grocery shops may be your style, or you may enjoy the deliciousness of deciding mid-afternoon what’s for dinner that evening, and pop across to the shops to grab ingredients when it suits you.
Comfortable access to natural parklands, walking trails and paths to inspire regular activity; easy access for family and friends visiting from further afield; and access to medical centres, hospitals and public transport, all help contribute to easy retirement living. It also frees up residents time. Instead of investing time commuting to appointments, or to go shopping, time can be better spent enjoying personal interests and activities.
Providing resort style community facilities and services within the village such as heated indoor swimming pools, gymnasiums, Clubhouses, lawn bowling greens, community buses, libraries, hairdressing, physiotherapists, personal fitness trainers, social clubs and social activities – to name just a few – means that residents can choose to be as social as they choose; or retreat to the privacy, sanctuary and comfort of their own home whenever they want to.
Award winning villa designs for easy living
“We’ve designed RCA villas and apartments with a northerly aspect which is important in Melbourne. There will always be an outdoor area or outdoor courtyard or terrace that looks to the north and lets the sun come in, in the winter. We create spaces that are warm and homely to live in but are very practical,” says Managing Director, Andrew on this 4.5 minute Point Cook Retirement Village Profile YouTube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D08WyH5WWOs.
RCA villa designs have considered every aspect of comfortable everyday living. Making the most of natural light and a northerly orientation, the designs feel light, airy and spacious. Every villa has at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Some have a third bedroom or study. There is always a separate large, open plan living room for dining and lounge, as well as a separate living area. Double lock up garages with internal entry are a common feature. The designs flow well and are welcoming and spacious enough to accommodate and entertain visitors.
Tastefully designed to age in place
Children of residents can take comfort in knowing that their parents are safe and secure in housing designed to age in place.
Ease of cleaning is important as a resident’s mobility, flexibility and physical strength changes over time. Fittings and fixtures are designed to be easy to keep clean, such as frameless shower screens.
There are no steps to create tripping hazards or falling risks. The designs always ensure there is a way in without going over a step.
A 24 hour by 7 day a week emergency system means that there is always peace of mind that medical help is at hand at any time. External lighting is carefully planned with resident’s security and safety in mind.
Age in place consideration have been respectfully incorporated into the designs to feel seamless, so that a young, active 65 year old doesn’t feel any loss of dignity, or threat of imminent ageing decline. But it is all there – including the ability to bring in Home and Community Care Packages (HACC) in the future.
Great value for money
Our next article in this series will explore this facet of our philosophy further but a key feature of the planning of every RCA retirement village, is that it offers great value for money. Our retirement village financial model has been designed for fairness and great value for money. “We encourage prospective residents to do their homework, and explore further afield. Then come back to us and compare. If its good value for money, it makes good sense,” Andrew sums up.
Visit our latest RCA retirement villages
Wyndham Grange Village in Tarneit
Freecall 1800 123 131
Visit us online at wyndhamgrange.com.au
Main St Village Pakenham, South East Melbourne
Freecall 1800 770 222
Visit us online at mainstvillage.com.au
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