Stockland is targeting tech-savvy seniors with its first ‘smart’ apartment at Cardinal Freeman, The Residences – an over 55s community in Sydney’s Ashfield.
The futuristic smart home offers residents a fully voice activated space and has been designed to help people live independently for longer.
From the living space to the bedrooms, residents have the options to play music, operate lights, blinds, appliances and more with simple voice commands via a Google Hub.
Stockland’s regional development manager Calum Ross says Australian seniors are among the most tech-savvy seniors in the world.
“Cardinal Freeman’s first smart apartment truly is the future of retirement living for Australian seniors,” Ross says.
“Imagine saying ‘good morning’ and having your blinds open, kettle start and receiving a weather update – all before even getting out of bed. The smart plugs allow residents to control any connected appliance, which can also be set to operate at certain times of the day.
“Most importantly, the smart apartment has been designed for our residents to ‘age in place’, meaning that people can live in their home and be independent for much longer.”
Sensors can be programmed to alert emergency services or a family member if doors are not opened after a certain period of time. Sensors can also monitor medication cabinets and send notifications to remind residents to access it.
In addition, a self-regulating temperature control system is estimated to save residents up to 15 per cent on their energy bills.
The retirement village is just 10 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, and boasts a clubhouse, onsite café, heated swimming pool and gym, and is close to trains, shopping centres and dining options.
The residents who move in will be offered training sessions in the technology and 24-hour technical support.
The smart apartment is currently available for purchase at $1,400,000 with other apartments selling from $930,000.
“One of the most common motives for moving into a Stockland retirement village is to maintain autonomy and reduce reliance on family and friends. The smart home allows just that – for residents to take a more active role in managing their homes and daily routines,” Ross adds.
“We know that 80 per cent of Stockland residents are less likely to call an ambulance or visit the emergency department; require 96 per cent fewer mental health consultations; and stay out of aged care for five years longer than the national average.
“These findings indicate that we are on the right track by offering the tech-savvy apartment to help generate a better quality of life for our residents.”