Masonic Care WA CEO Marie-Louise MacDonald quoted by abc in relation to the changing retirement living landscape.
‘Masonic Care chief executive Marie-Louise MacDonald says construction would need to pickup dramatically in order to meet demand. “There’s been a lot of refurbishment happening,” Ms MacDonald said.
“About 5 per cent of retirees move into retirement villages across Australia, but that figure is set to grow to about 7 per cent.
In WA, that will mean an extra 24,000 retirement village units will need to be built over the next 10 to 15 years, a 75 per cent increase on the current level of stock.
For Glenda and Colin Best, the attractions of life in a retirement village are growing by the day.
The retired couple live in their own home in the seaside suburb of Port Kennedy, south of Perth, but keeping on top of their garden is becoming difficult.
“We’d like to go to something smaller, so we can cope a little bit better and enjoy our lives, perhaps travel a little bit,” Mrs Best said.
Masonic Care chief executive Marie-Louise MacDonald says construction would need to pick up dramatically in order to meet demand.
“There’s been a lot of refurbishment happening,” Ms MacDonald said.
“The villages started in the 1960s, [but] a lot of them are coming to their end of life and are needing to be redeveloped.”
‘Like living on a cruise ship’
Sigrid Adams is director of sales for Village Solutions Australia, a West Perth-based real estate agency which manages retirement villages.
She said retirees now expected a much higher level of amenity than former generations did, with some villages offering services more commonly found in a hotel.
“Huge wooden dance floor, baby grand piano, cafe, pool table, bowling green, residents’ workshop … it’s like living on a cruise ship.”
by Emily Piesse
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