With the growing number of retirees from China and other cultures likely to change the shape of our retirement villages, we’re working with developers to pioneer accommodation that considers different ways of family living.
On the back of demand from Melbourne’s Chinese community, our Tao Home project in Box Hill for Sunbright Development Australia is designed to provide independent living for Chinese seniors. Tao Home has 82 apartments, each equipped with Chinese satellite TV, universal power plugs for Chinese appliances, a kitchen rangehood for Chinese stir-frying, and optional joinery on the balcony for a wet kitchen — a common feature in Asian homes. The complex also features a traditional Chinese wellbeing centre and an area for playing Mah-jong.
Director Eugene Chieng says that although Chinese-Australians want to look after their parents, they didn’t necessarily want to live with them. Tao Home is a way to keep them close but not too close, he says.
The Tao Home project features in an article on the cultural challenges ahead for retirement villages.
View the article: Caring for an ageing Asian community