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Are we friendly with dementia-friendly design?

There is a lot of information out there on dementia-friendly design, but how do we know which advice to follow and which features to focus on? While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there appears to be a need for more guidance in this area, discovers JUDE BARBACK.

Senior playgrounds on the rise in New Zealand

Fitness parks for older people are growing in popularity overseas. Maurice Broome is keen to see more of these senior playgrounds emerge in New Zealand.

Excellent dementia-friendly design recognised by Ministry

Two dementia facilities have been praised by the Ministry of Health for their exemplary approach to dementia-friendly design.

In the event of an emergency – are you prepared?

We generally don’t like to think about worst-case scenarios, about how our rest home or hospital would cope in a fire or earthquake. Getting out of a multi-storey building in an emergency situation is a frightening enough prospect for able-bodied people, let alone for the elderly or disabled.

Putting the care in Metlifecare

INsite editor, JUDE BARBACK talks to Metlifecare CEO Glen Sowry about the company's bold new approach to care, in terms of both facility design and care delivery.

Leaky villages

A leaky building presents a difficult situation for anyone, but for a retirement village operator there are many layers of complexity. JUDE BARBACK gets a whiff of the industry’s weather-tight woes.

Let’s snoop around… The Vines at Bethlehem

JUDE BARBACK visits one of the newest retirement villages in Tauranga.

Adam Taylor: From retirement village to lifestyle development – the transformation of aged care...

Ignite director ADAM TAYLOR says design firms play an important role in reimagining retirement villages and aged care facilities as they evolve to meet changing client needs.

‘Household’ format in aged care proving popular

Selwyn Foundation is the latest aged care provider to feature the increasingly popular 'household' format in the design and care delivery strategy of its newest development.

Design and care philosophy interwined

INsite talks to Hilda Johnson-Bogaerts, Director of Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality about why it’s important for facility design to reflect the philosophy of care.
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