According to figures from the Property Council of Australia more than 184,000 Australians live in retirement villages, or 5.7 per cent of the over 65 population.
This figures is expected to increased to 7.5 per cent – or 382,000 in 2025.
But, with the increase in demand, where will these people find accommodation.
Sunrise Village, Tuncurry has that problem sorted, with the first stage of its expansion program nearing completion.
People can live in their own home, and we can provide the carePaul Greenup
Due for completion mid-way through this year, the project will take accommodation to 78 one and two-bedroom units.
Sunrise Village director, Paul Greenup described the facility as one of the most unique along the Mid North Coast.
“This is the only retirement village on the coast with an approved aged care facility,” Mr Greenup said.
“We offer all the independence of retirement living,” he said.
In fact all residents are encouraged to be as independent as they can be.
But, at the same time all levels of nursing staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“People can live in their own home, and we can provide the care.”
A lot of our residents don’t need any care at all, some just need a bit of a hand to get started in the morning like help with showering and getting dressed and medication supervision, Mr Greenup said.
“Sunrise Tuncurry is a fully accredited Approved Aged Care provider, so we can facilitate access to Government Funded Home Care packages for our residents and in most cases provide High Level Care to our residents at no cost to them at all.”
Another unique aspect at Sunrise is couples can remain living together.
Later in life residents won’t need to move from their retirement village home into a nursing home as Sunrise offers the full package.
“That is what sets us apart.”
Residents can choose to dine in their units or join fellow residents for lunch and/or dinner in the community centre dining room.
A fully catered complimentary morning tea is served daily.
To give members of the community an insight into facilities at Sunrise, the village is holding an open day this Saturday, April 14 from 10am-2.30pm.
At least one of the new, two-bedroom units will be open for inspection, while morning tea will be served all day.
Sunrise Supported Living, 11A Chapmans Road, Tuncurry.