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.
“We do not just want to sell and deliver houses, but create a holistic living environment at EcoWorld by filling in the gaps for better living,” said EcoWorld president and chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim Wah.
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.