New Zealand retirement villages, aged care facilities and home care providers have a chance to show off their innovative programmes and care delivery on a global stage at what is often referred to as the ‘Oscars of Elder Care’.

Executive Director of the Retirement Villages Association (RVA) John Collyns is urging Kiwi operators to enter the 6th Asia-Pacific Elder Care Innovation Awards. He says traditionally Australian organisations are well-represented at the awards and its time more New Zealand operators put themselves forward.

There are 12 award categories acknowledging excellence in active ageing, dementia care, innovative practice, design and architecture.

Of the six New Zealand entries at last year’s awards, all were finalists. Bruce Cullington (pictured) of South Auckland’s Acacia Cove Retirement Village took home the award for ‘Best Active Ageing Programme – Residential’ over stiff competition from New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong. The village’s resident-driven ‘Live Longer and Live Better’ programme was what impressed the judges most.

The 6th Asia-Pacific Elder Care Innovation Awards will be held in Singapore in May 2018. Collyns will be representing New Zealand on the judging panel, along with Ms Pat Sparrow, National CEO of Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Mr Sean Rooney, CEO of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA).

The award categories are:

  1. INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

Best product or service concept implementation that demonstrates improvement in quality of life for older adults (For operators only)

  1. FACILITY OF THE YEAR – RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE

Provides the best 24-hour nursing care supported environment for older adults to age well

  1. FACILITY OF THE YEAR – AGEING-IN-PLACE

Provides the best independent senior living or retirement village environment for older adults to age-in-place with integrated care and services

  1. BEST HOME CARE OPERATOR

Provides the best health, care and social services delivered to home

  1. BEST DAY CENTRE OPERATOR

Provides the best centre based health, care and social services to enable ageing-in-place

  1. BEST REHABILITATION OPERATOR

Provides the best programmes that enable improvements for daily living, strength, and wellbeing

  1. BEST ACTIVE AGEING PROGRAMME

Best interest group, activity group, performance group that encourages participation of older adults

  1. BEST DEMENTIA CARE PROGRAMME

Best memory support programme to engage, enable rehabilitation and happiness for older adults with dementia

  1. BEST SILVER ARCHITECTURE

Best universal design with social, health and wellness engagement spaces for older adults (Developments that have yet to be launched are welcome to submit for this category)

  1. BEST SILVER INTERIOR DESIGN

Best interior design that creates warmth, sense of home, fosters engagement and demonstrates thoughtfulness and understanding towards spaces for older adults (Developments that have yet to be launched are welcome to submit for this category)

  1. BEST SMART CARE TECHNOLOGY

Best technology innovation that enables independence, health monitoring, operational efficiency and care support

  1. BEST PRODUCT TO SUPPORT AGEING-IN-PLACE

Best product that demonstrates ease-of-use, elderly friendly, affordable and improves quality of life for older adults

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