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Woods Bagot with Aged Care Group lead discussion on
Architecture and Design for Positive Ageing

Kuala Lumpur, 18 August 2016

Woods Bagot together with Aged Care Group (ACG) hosted a networking platform called After Hours Intelligent Conversations to initiate discussions on design and architecture for positive ageing. Creating an aged-friendly environment is parallel to creating a happy ageing lifestyle for not only the elderly, but also ourselves and future generations to come.

The purpose of the event was to draw from the work of thought leaders, experts and mavericks from different disciplines to exchange new ideas, experiences, build and test knowledge, while developing new ways of thinking about design and architecture of Malaysia’s townships that promote multigenerational living with purpose-built aged care facilities, in a discussion facilitated by Carol Yip, CEO of ACG.

The exclusive event was attended by 60 guests who are industry leaders and experts from township planning development, government organisations, developers and contractors, real estate agencies and financial institutions, with To’ Puan Dr Safurah Jaafar from the Ministry of Health, Fabian Bigar from PEMANDU and Woods Bagot’s Director of Development in South East Asia and Health & Science Sector Specialist, Matthew Gaal and Nikki Beckman respectively, leading the discussion.

In her opening speech, To’ Puan Dr Safurah gave her insights into the Ministry of Health’s role in developing aged care facilities and retirement villages for assisted living and independent living respectively, which is to find the best mechanism to facilitate the industry and ensure that the residents are getting a fair service. She also emphasised that developers and operators keen to build such facilities should follow and plan according to the new Private Aged Healthcare Facility Act which is due soon.

Addressing the concerns of developers, she said “the Act will ensure that the provision of long term care is of quality and affordable because in long-term care, people just need friendly features and not necessarily sophisticated equipment. In the meantime, while waiting for the new Act to be effective, developers and operators can make reference to the current Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 586 that has regulations for private nursing homes if they want to build aged care facility.”

Responding to the question on what factors should precede building an age friendly environment during the discussion; Fabian Bigar stated that the first thing to get across to all segments of Malaysian society is awareness on ageing “It is not easy to convince people that it is something that we need to take seriously, and we have very little time. Developers and whoever else within the aged care business needs to help people overcome the perception that this is only for the rich. You need to develop projects for people from all walks of life and make it affordable for the middle income and less fortunate.”


From Left: Fabian Bigar, Carol Yip, To’ Dr Puan Safurah, Matthew Gaal, Nikki Beckman

Drawing from their expertise in their unique business of creating a human-centred experience for positive ageing in design and architecture that is purposed for multi-generational living, Matthew Gaal and Nikki Beckman shared their thoughts on the topic. “I think aged care suffers because it isn’t appealing to talk about. It’s not something people go to tertiary education to end up doing. The perception of ageing and the value we place on our aged population needs to change. That’s the most critical thing as everything else comes from that. Aged care needs a better word.” said Ms Beckman.

Mr Gaal further added “There isn’t that connectivity between developments that is necessary and in Malaysia we have enormous opportunity from a development perspective to generate and design buildings and infrastructure that accommodates everybody. It’s specifically designing for an aged bracket but about designing holistically.”

Carol Yip concluded the discussion stating that with the availability of a universal design, developers and operators should look at the existing Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 586 under Part XXVII Private Nursing Home for requirements of aged care facility (while waiting for the impending Act to be gazetted) and work together with the Ministry of Health (MOH) early on during the planning stage when developing aged care facilities within retirement villages or when integrating them into normal housing or townships.

ACG at the International Social Security Conference 2016

On the 10th & 11th of August, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and State Street hosted the International Social Security Conference 2016 at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral to discuss ageing in Malaysia. Revolving around the theme of ‘Active Ageing: Live long and Prosper’, the conference brought together experts from Denmark, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore to share their experiences and ideas on how to successfully engage the senior generation in the economic and social environment.

During the conference Carol Yip, CEO of Aged Care Group, moderated the discussion on ‘The New Definition of Retirement’ with the panel consisting of Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood, Datuk Marina Chin and Dato’ Mahadev Shankar. Carol had also presented on the topic of ‘Social Inclusion for an Ageing Population’ in Malaysia at the event which was attended by fellow thought leaders in the aged care business and key players from various industries.

During the discussion, the panellists deliberated on the definition of retirement and shared their personal experience. Tan Sri Dr Jemilah commented that the question of ‘When is retirement?’ depended on one’s profession and the policies that are set and that society should define for themselves the difference between ‘policy retirement’ and ‘mental retirement’. She had also stated that financial literacy should be injected to young people as fast as possible in order for them have an easier time navigating through the defining process of their retirement.

Sharing her thoughts on the matter, Datuk Marina stated that retirement isn’t about withdrawing from active participation from the work force but about being needed and useful as an individual. A further point of interest that was noted by Dato’ Mahadev was the fact that there is no definition of retirement in Section 2 of the Employees Provident Fund Act nor does the law provide for what retirement actually means apart from the act of ceasing employment itself and the benefits. Hence, he concluded that an individual is free to determine for themselves what retirement means to them.

In her presentation following the discussion of the panellists, Carol Yip stated that the trend of aged living lies not in retirement villages, but in creating age-friendly homes in which people can age in place. However, elderly Malaysians often end up paying at least RM 3000 – RM 4000 a month to stay in nursing homes while receiving sub-standard care by untrained caretakers. She stated, that for social inclusion to occur, the 3 parties – comprising of Non-Governmental Organisations, the public and private sectors – must come together to set up a well-functioning aged care ecosystem.

She also stated that the ecosystem must be able to provide for 2 factors:

  1. The capability to enable Malaysians to save enough money via innovative products.
  2. To have enough people to provide care.

Carol concluded her presentation stating that moving forward on the issue of social inclusion and retirement in Malaysia, the term ‘retirement’ and its’ traditional concept should no longer be used to define our lifestyle structure, e.g. the way retirement is marketed to the public, and to transform it into a positive term for life.


The New Definition of Retirement

Towards Age-Friendly Communities in Malaysia

EcoWorld unveils Eco Sanctuary Care Hub

By Lum Ka Kay

KOTA KEMUNING (Aug 7): Eco World Development Group Bhd (EcoWorld) has unveiled Eco Sanctuary Care Hub, which is located in the 27-acre The Parque Residences of the Eco Sanctuary township, at the south of Kota Kemuning.

The pilot project will offer a 24/7 nurse-on-call service as well as a care manager to attend to any care service request, said its president and CEO Datuk Chang Khim Wah.

“We are delighted to be working with Managedcare, the operator of this care services, to provide our residents and also the surrounding community the convenience of a centre for accessing care administration and wellness services,” he said at the launch, which was in conjunction with the celebration of EcoWorld Prestige’s — a purchaser rewards programme — second anniversary.

Managedcare is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aged Care Group Sdn Bhd where it will offer wellness care, products and services to residents of Eco Sanctuary.

Chang added that another Care Hub would be set up in the commercial precinct of Eco Sanctuary upon its completion in 2018.

Eco Sanctuary is a 308.7-acre leasehold project and The Parque Residences is its first high-rise residential development, expected to be completed by end-2018.

The Parque Residences consists of six 20 to 25-storey residential blocks which house 1,000 high-rise units. The first phase of three blocks comprises 597 units with built-up sizes ranging from 516 sq ft to 1,388 sq ft. The selling price starts from RM400,000 or averages RM700 psf.

According to Chang, services provided are based on the Circles of 5 Enriched Living Programme which comprises five key components — physical, mental, emotional, social and financial.

“To celebrate the unveiling of Eco Sanctuary Care Hub, EcoWorld is offering both current and future Eco Sanctuary customers a complimentary care assessment.

“This includes basic health check tests for blood pressure, blood glucose level, BMI, pulse rate and cholesterol level for a limited time only,” said Chang.

Source: | August 7



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