(Back row) Chang (seventh from left), Dr Ming-Feng (eighth from left) and Choo (fourth from left) with representatives from all three organisations during the MoU signing.
By Brenda Ch’ng
IT WAS a momentous occasion for Eco World Development Group Bhd as they move a step closer to creating a holistic living environment within its development.
Also known as Life@EcoWorld, the group aims to introduce “ageing in place”, a concept which meets the needs and lifestyle aspirations for homeowners at every stage of their lives.
To mark this occasion, two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) were signed between EcoWorld and Aged Care Group (ACG) with Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital (KMUH) of Taiwan.
This collaboration between the three parties will see a sharing of knowledge, teaching, research and talent exchange between the two countries.
He added that EcoWorld was an expert in providing life spaces and they had experts from ACG and KMUH to help fill in the gaps, starting with one of their projects, The Parque Residences – Eco Sanctuary’s luxury high-rise.
A pilot project last year, this high-rise has a Care Hub, which offers round-the-clock nurse on-call services and a care manager to attend to any request.
Following suit was the establishment of Co-Wellness in Eco Sanctuary Mall, which offers a wider community health and wellness support.
Other unique “ageing in place” trademarks at Eco Sanctuary include houses with accessibility features with built-in bathroom handrails, non-slip tiles and even-level floors.
There is also a complimentary shuttle service offered within the township, individualised concierge and hospitality services like housekeeping and meal deliveries as well as personalised health and wellness services like medical escort and physiotherapy.
To make all this possible, ACG helps create the holistic living while KMUH shares its expertise and knowledge on what can be done or improved.
“We are thrilled to have KMUH visiting us and working with us on creating an integrated health and wellness lifestyle and we look forward towards a long-term relationship of our teams learning from one another,” he said.
Also there was ACG managing director Datuk Frank Choo who said options for aged care in the country are quite limited at the moment and is glad this partnership is happening.
“This marks the beginning of a very meaningful relationship which will bring a good exchange of knowledge from KMUH to have better facilities to cater to the mental and emotional needs for all ages,” Choo said.
He added that there would be over four million people aged 65 years old and above in Malaysia by 2040 and there was a pressing need to start building facilities to cater to this age group.
“Instead of segregating, we should integrate them into the community and this is exactly what EcoWorld is doing now,” he said.
“Malaysia is the second country in South-East Asia after Vietnam to collaborate with the Kaohsiung Group, which has been around for more than 60 years and specialises in healthcare and long-term care.
“We are delighted with this collaboration between ACG and Eco World and look forward to a beneficial partnership which involves an exchange of knowledge between the two countries,” said KMUH superintendent managing director Dr Ming-Feng Hou.
Shah Alam: Eco World Development Group Berhad (EcoWorld) and Aged Care Group (ACG) signed two separate Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital (KMUH) of Taiwan that will see KMUH sharing knowledge and experience in health & wellness service. The collaboration includes teaching, research, talent cultivation and talent exchange between both countries.
As Malaysia prepares itself to be an ageing nation where more than 10% of its population will be 60 years and older by 2020, thought has to be given to grapple with the problems and challenges that will arise. Most common and high on the list is deteriorating health, special care and lack of proper shelter.
(From left) Dato’ Frank Choo, Dato’ Chang Khim Wah, Dr. Ming-Feng Hou, Dr Yan-Xu, Chen, Dr Cheng-Yu Long signs MOUs
Recognising these challenges, EcoWorld worked closely with ACG to create a holistic living environment encompassing an integrated health & wellness concept focussing on “health & wellness” in its Eco Sanctuary township. The Eco Sanctuary Care Hub was established in September last year with services provided by ACG.
This is also in line with the Group’s focus to bring their Signature Townships up another level to drive further value creation. Under the aegis of a new programme named “Life@EcoWorld”, various new elements have been introduced to heighten the desirability and liveability of every EcoWorld development. This includes the creation of digitally enabled communities using 4th industrial revolution solutions as well as the introduction of Integrated Wellness & Care components that meet the needs and lifestyle aspirations of our customers at every stage of their lives.
The Life@EcoWorld pilot project kicked off in The Parque Residences – Eco Sanctuary’s luxury high rise where the Care Hub offers 24/7 nurse-on-call services as well as a care manager to attend to any care services requests.
The establishment of Co-Wellness in Eco Sanctuary Mall also followed suit in December 2018 to offer the wider community health & wellness supports which are similar to what Care Hub offers.
The idea for this stemmed from the term ageing-in-place – defined as the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.
Catering to people of all walks of life, The Parque Residences at Eco Sanctuary also offers unique “ageing-in-place” features that include:
A Care Hub with 24/7 nurse station and monthly doctor consultation
A home providing accessibility with furnished features at easily reachable heights
Furnished with friendly design and safety support like bathroom with handrails, even-level floor and non-slip tiles
Complimentary shuttle services within the township, including a shopping mall which comes with a wellness theme
Individualised concierge and hospitality services like housekeeping and meals delivery
Personalised health and wellness services like medical escort, physiotherapy, blood pressure and sugar level monitoring
Services provided are based on the Circles of 5 Enriched Living Programme which comprises five key components – Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social and Financial. Residents can engage in the many recreational activities that surround the five components which also acts as a platform for the community to gather and socialise.
Apart from Care Hub at Eco Sanctuary, another initiative by the Group is the Life Space at Sanctuary Mall, Eco Sanctuary. Life Space is a platform created to accelerate community building efforts in the township with activities organised for the elderly and the community as a whole as a means of promoting a holistic lifestyle.
The MOUs with KMUH is another milestone for EcoWorld and ACG, reaffirming the companies’ commitment to create awareness on aged care and raising the standards of health & wellness in communities.
EcoWorld will be able to leverage on KMUH’s expertise in the health & wellness perspective whilst ACG will gain knowledge in its caregiving part. KMUH’s expertise ranges from health & wellness related training to instilling health & wellness awareness amongst the community to even providing medical related advice to those in need.
President & CEO of EcoWorld Dato’ Chang Khim Wah said: “We are always raising the bar when it comes to creating value in our developments and the setting up of a Care Hub in Parque Residences was a first for an EcoWorld development. As we kickstart the Life@EcoWorld programme, we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with KMUH to raise the bar further in offering a more comprehensive health & wellness service in a holistic environment like Eco Sanctuary.”
Dato’ Frank Choo, Managing Director of ACG said: “It has been a vision realised for ACG to be able to integrate the concept of “medical & health” in a multi-generational community like Eco Sanctuary where the elderly can enjoy healthcare services without leaving their homes, their children or their living environment.
Dr Ming-Feng Hou, MD, Superintendent of KMUH said: “We are delighted with this collaboration between ACG and EcoWorld and look forward to a beneficial partnership of exchange of knowledge between two countries.”
Malaysia is the second southeast Asian country after Vietnam to collaborate with the Kaohsiung Group. Its state-of-the-art medical system is being used in three hospitals and one medical university in Taiwan. They are Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital, Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital and Kaohsiung Medical University.
A 15-strong medical team from Taiwan consisting of senior medical experts are currently on tour in Malaysia. They are led by Superintendent of Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital Dr. Ming-Feng Hou and Superintendent of Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital Dr Yan-Xu, Chen.
About Eco World Development Group Berhad (EcoWorld Malaysia)
EcoWorld Malaysia is a public listed Malaysian company involved mainly in property development. The Group is led by some of the most well-known and respected players in the property industry.
It has secured approximately 8,126.4 acres of land bank with a total gross development value (GDV) of RM87.5 billion. Currently, EcoWorld Malaysia has a presence in the Klang Valley, Iskandar Malaysia and Penang with 20 projects in total comprising a product range that includes affordable, upgrader and luxury homes, integrated high-rise developments and green business parks.
Through Eco World International Berhad (EcoWorld International), the brand has also extended its reach to the United Kingdom and Australia.
EcoWorld Malaysia is honoured to be one of the Top 10 Developers at The Edge Malaysia Property Excellence Awards in 2016, 2017 & 2018 and also proud to be named ‘Best of the Best Employers – Malaysia’ in AON’s Best Employer Studies in 2016 & 2017.
About Aged Care Group
Aged Care Group is the market leader in Malaysia’s aged care industry. Our purpose is to create a sustainable aged care ecosystem, offering an integrated framework of action that supports and incorporates every aspect of continuum care – ranging from skilled healthcare professionals and equipment suppliers, to financial services.
Adapting a multi-disciplinary approach, we engage various sectors and multiple stakeholders to draw effective ways in measuring the functionality of the elderly population.
As advocates of aged care, we promote action that will affect and drive the growth of the aged care industry and communicate knowledge of current trends on the Malaysian ageing landscape.