CHT Architects is driving & funding research into the design of Residential Aged Care Facilities
CHT Architects has a strong commitment to investigating emerging trends in the aged care sector. We have been working closely with the Architectural Research Consultancy (arc). The information generated by this research is giving us an insight into current thinking and, in turn, informing the creative design process for Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF).
New trends point towards enabling people to ‘age in place’, that is, to live in the home and neighbourhood of their choice. According to arc’s research, the current ageing population places more importance on location and lifestyle than they do on an emotional attachment to ‘home’. It means there is a need for a new purpose-built housing strategy.
CHT Architects is dedicated to defining this new paradigm and designing vibrant, engaging spaces that not only complement, but also enhance people’s lives. The aim is to deinstitutionalise existing models and create friendly, stimulating environments within integrated communities, which offer access to support services.
The Changing Population
This decade marks a significant milestone in the shaping of the Australian population. As the first of the baby boomers reach retirement age, we are witnessing a large increase in the number of people aged 65 years and over. In addition, the degree of frailty for aged people has never been higher. This ageing population is set to have a major impact on the residential aged care industry. It is for this reason that CHT Architects is driving and funding primary research into social, physical and care requirements of RACFs, and we are therefore able to incorporate best practice principles into our work.