KUCHING: The demand for retirement homes with facilities for the elderly will continue to increase as the nation’s population ages.
Malaysia is expected to become an ageing nation by 2030, with 15% or about 5.6 million of the population aged above 60 classified as senior citizens
“As such, it is timely for the private sector to participate in this business, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya.
He added there will be increasing demand for quality healthcare by Malaysia’s ageing population.
Dr Hilmi noted that the average life expectancy of Malaysian men and women was 72 and 76 years of age respectively due to advancements in the health sector and improved medical facilities.
“It is good for us to prepare now to care for this age group,” he said after visiting the Eden-on-the-Park senior residence resort at Kota Samarahan near here.
Dr Hilmi lauded the retirement village concept, which could serve as an example for other such developments across the country.
Eden-on-the-Park, the first integrated senior active lifestyle and care residence in the state, was endorsed by the Health Ministry’s steering committee as an Entry Point Project under its National Key Economic Areas.
An Australian-based aged care company will operate the retirement village that is equipped with state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.
“This is a very good concept as they cater to the residents health and safety too.
“People can either buy or rent a unit at the retirement village, making it convenient for those who need temporary accommodation for their elderly relatives.
“Corporations should be encouraged to develop more such facilities throughout the country,” Dr Hilmi added.
Eden-On-The-Park located the Kuching-Kota Samarahan expressway, boasts 142 bed care residences at its nursing facility, as well as 104 senior living apartments and 14 units of single storey villas equipped with various amenities to encourage community living and social interaction.
Other amenities include medical supervision and physiotherapy rooms, kitchen, dining hall, auditorium, salon, laundry and recreational facilities.
Caregivers are available round-the-clock with regular visits by doctors.
Residents will be monitored in real time through a web-based medical record system from Australia.