With a growing and ageing population, urban areas are increasingly being redeveloped to feature functional, attractive and sustainable buildings, designed to make strong connections between people and places. Mixed-use development – a type of urban development that blends residential, commercial, cultural, institutional or industrial uses – is a key part of this rejuvenation.
The benefits of mixed-use development include:
- Greater variety and affordability
- Reduced distances between housing, workplaces, businesses and other amenities
- Compact developments
- Stronger sense of place or community
- Walkable, bike-able neighbourhoods with more accessibility and reduced transportation costs.
Traditionally located in the suburbs and outer city limits, aged care is starting to feature in plans for mixed-use developments, catering for the growing number of older people who wish to remain in the inner city environments they have lived most of their life in. By moving to aged care facilities in – or close to – the area in which they have lived, older residents won’t have to move away from family and friends when they need extra care.
Being co-located with other facilities and amenities in a mixed-use building, residents will also have ready access to a number of services and conveniences without needing to step out of the door. Health care providers and hospitals will also be in close proximity to their high-rise home.
U City in Adelaide is one such building that is currently under construction to become “a South Australian retirement community in the clouds”, located on the top 6 floors of a 20-storey building in the heart of the city.
This trend is also catching on as high-rise developments are being considered in south west Brisbane and an innovative aged care proposal to refurbish a five star hotel to become a high-end aged care facility is being considered in Perth.
To discuss your aged care facility needs, contact us today on 1300 773 647.