Dementia Data & High-Level Research by Grey Space

We are excited to be welcomed next week to visit The Queensland Brain Institute to view the great work that they are doing researching Dementia.  Check out some key online data which highlights key facts and data in this link:

https://qbi.uq.edu.au/dementia/what-is-dementia

More soon...

Image below courtesy UQ Qld Brain Institute

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RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS THE INCREASING RISK OF HOMELESSNESS FOR OLDER WOMEN by Grey Space

We read with tremendous support and concern, these well compiled and researched papers, led by the Australian Association of Gerontology. We are heartened by the recent focus on this issue given the demand and the lack of appropriate housing product designed for women in need. Australia needs to act quickly on this one, hidden well the many other plights of both homelessness and ageing.

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Please read, care and share - we particularly note the following Recommendations 5, 7 and 8 in relation to the responsibility of the Aged Care system in this process:

Recommendation 5: Include questions addressing housing and the risk of, or experience of, homelessness in the aged care assessment processes and provide appropriate pathways to Assistance with Care and Housing services for older people, as well as home care and residential aged care services tailored for people who have experienced homelessness.

Recommendation 7: Establish a capital pool to enable specialist aged care providers to build residential aged care facilities for older people who have experienced homelessness that is appropriate for their financial, wellness and health needs.

Recommendation 8: Review, increase and index the Homeless Supplement for residential aged care providers to meet the costs incurred by facilities in providing specialised services for older people who have experienced homelessness.

We then recommend developers and NFPs work together with us to present Government with development models that are worth backing, and we offer our informed design services accordingly.

https://www.aag.asn.au/news/more-can-be-done-to-ensure-aged-care-system-meets-is-legislated-responsibility-for-older-women-experiencing-or-at-risk-of-homelessness

Nothing comes easy in this space!

ACAR Applications Closing Soon by Grey Space

Grey Space have provided some of our most valued clients with Site Master Plan and Concept Designs for ACAR applications in the past with 100% funding success.  The 2018 round closes on 10th August.  Are you ready?

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Your funding application page could do with concept design planning background & detailed design input

Let Grey Space help

Symes Grove RACF Anglicare SQ - Project Update by Grey Space

A big thankyou to McNab Constructions for the tour of the soon-to-be released to market project that Grey Space have contributed to and collaborated with Anglicare and RPS project managers on at a detailed level.  It is a fantastic time to visit any new development but this one is very close to our hearts.  Anglicare SQ have been a fantastic client to work with and their commitment to care and innovation comes from the top.

Check out our sneak peek photos on our website project pages https://greyspace.com.au/taigum-1/

 

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What Retirees Want by Grey Space

Grey Space is often called upon to recommend to our clients how best to position their product to reflect their brand to improve sales and be competitive in market in the future. So it was interesting when we came across the results of a recent survey by DoComeMonday. 

 Source:  DoComeMonday (https://www.theweeklysource.com.au/the-village-consumer-is-changed-forever/#prettyPhoto)  "In January we (Stockland)  commissioned the villages.com.au National Residents Survey delivering 19,600 residents, plus a survey of 1,100 potential residents. We then extracted the residents who had purchased a village home in the past 24 months (new residents).  The chart above displays what was ‘extremely important’ to new residents (dark orange bar) and potential residents (light orange bar)."

Source:  DoComeMonday (https://www.theweeklysource.com.au/the-village-consumer-is-changed-forever/#prettyPhoto)

"In January we (Stockland)  commissioned the villages.com.au National Residents Survey delivering 19,600 residents, plus a survey of 1,100 potential residents. We then extracted the residents who had purchased a village home in the past 24 months (new residents).
The chart above displays what was ‘extremely important’ to new residents (dark orange bar) and potential residents (light orange bar)."

From our perspective as designers of villages, the chart also shows that product appeal, security features, accessibility, planning and quality/price are more important than Retirement Village operators and developers realise.  It is also obvious the "perceived" importance to potential residents of these features is even greater than that of the existing residents - therefore attention to these features is a clear sales point for Developments.  Consequently be being at the forefront of these critical differentiators are crucial to the success of Developments.

We also interpret the information in the graph as meaning the importance of developments which allow for ageing in place and are a safe environment (particularly for potential residents) are a sought after feature.  Both of these features can be delivered via good design, and if considered early in the development process should be able to be incorporated without overly impacting the development costs.

For Developers their site and the site context is the starting point, but the right master plan is key and drives which attributes can be included at a price point the locality can support.    

We keep in touch with what the market is demanding and who is developing what type of product; often more thoroughly than our clients can or have the time to do because we are truely focused on this sector. 

It is this commitment and insight that drives Grey Space's design recommendations.