Leading South Australian home care and retirement living provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) has officially opened the doors to its state-of-the-art $42.5 million vertical village – Encore Apartments in Modbury.

The ground-breaking vertical village is designed to offer the very best of apartment-style living while maintaining an important sense of community to enable people to have the best possible life as they age.

Encore Apartments offer 77 two-bedroom apartments all with modern, stylish open plan living and private balconies. There is also an onsite gym, cafe, community hall and community garden.

ECH Chief Executive Dr David Panter said after a two-year build, he was thrilled to officially open Encore Apartments and welcome residents to their new homes.

“The construction of Encore Apartments demonstrates our commitment to creating innovative village environments to meet the growing needs of our community,” said Dr Panter.

“As a society we need to move away from the typical model of retirement living and develop new ways for people to live independently that positively impact their overall health and wellbeing.”

The contemporary village incorporates dementia-friendly design principles such as appropriate colour schemes and textures to enable people living with dementia to age in place.

“Our aim was to avoid hotel-like corridors, so each apartment includes a front porch and screen door to ensure the village has a neighbourhood feel,” said Dr Panter.

Plus, in a nod to the holistic benefits of intergenerational connections, a co-located SA Montessori Early Learning Centre will be opened in January 2022. ‘Echoes Montessori’ will be the 7th SA Montessori Early Learning Centre in Adelaide and will actively offer learning opportunities between children and ECH residents.

New residents Bob and Kaye were the first people to call Encore Apartments home and said they were attracted to the concept of a vertical village while still being part of a community.

“We’ve always been community minded, so when we heard about Encore Apartments, we knew it was the perfect place for us to retire,” said Bob.

With just over 65 per cent of Encore Apartments currently under contract, Dr Panter is delighted to see residents creating new social connections and enjoying all that the village has to offer.

“I am beyond proud of what our organisation has achieved in Encore Apartments and look forward to seeing the residents enjoy the many benefits it brings,” said Dr Panter.”

About Encore Apartments

  • The state-of-the-art vertical village was designed by Adelaide Architecture specialists Walter Brooke
  • Built by Sarah Construction, the village will offer a variety of integrated community amenities including a community garden, gym, and on-site café
  • Encore Apartments incorporates dementia friendly design principles including appropriate colour schemes and textures to support people living with dementia
  • Featuring 77 two-bedroom apartments, Encore Apartments will be home to approximately 120 residents when it is fully occupied providing a great opportunity for older people to create new social connections

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ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) is a leading not-for-profit provider of services that promote self-determination and enables people to have the best life possible as they age. ECH supports more than 15,000 people and employs more than 650 staff, including home support workers, nursing, allied and other health professionals, maintenance teams and administrators.

ECH has 1,912 independent living units across 110 retirement villages throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Victor Harbor and Ardrossan, four Wellness Centres, four dementia-friendly Day Programs and a custom-designed Short Stay Respite Centre. ECH divested out of Residential Care Homes in 2014. The purpose of this was to ensure that ECH could continue to invest and focus resources on supporting older people to remain living confidently and independently in their own homes for longer.

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Posted: December 3, 2021