6 July 2009

Benevolent Society report on Apartments for Life in Australia

Community links vital to quality of life in older age
The Benevolent Society: 24 June 2009
A high level of independence, access to care when you need it and strong connections with the local community... these are some of the hallmarks of the innovative model of residential care for older people winning acclaim in The Netherlands, according to The Benevolent Society.

The Apartments for Life model, as pioneered by the Humanitas Foundation in Rotterdam, offers older people the chance to remain in their own home throughout older age and to avoid having to move when their health declines and they require increasing levels of care and support.

The model, which The Benevolent Society is committed to introducing to Australia, directly challenges the assumption of the inevitability of a move to a nursing home in later life.

The Society hosted a visit to Australia of the founder of the Dutch model, Dr Hans Becker, to gain a deeper understanding of its operation, relevance to Australia and the issues likely to arise in the local application of the Apartments for Life approach.

Dr Becker’s tour provided an opportunity for discussion of these issues among key stakeholders with an interest in aged care and housing. … > full press release

Report: Apartments for Life in Australia: Lessons for Australia from Humanitas in the Netherlands, The Benevolent Society, June 2009

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