Moreton Shores retirement village in Thornlands up for aged care award

A THORNLANDS retirement village is in the running for a prestigious Asia-Pacific award.

Bolton Clarke's Moreton Shores residential aged care community has been named a finalist for Facility of the Year - Ageing in Place at the eighth Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards.

The 120-bed lakeside community was nominated for services supporting wellbeing and community connections, including a community centre with café, a cinema, senior-specific gym, children's playground and modern room design supporting independence.

Residents could take part in outdoor activities like caring for the site's pet chickens and feeding the turtles in the lake.

"The atmosphere is the best atmosphere I've had since I retired, and that's what I like about it," resident Rusty McWilliam said.

OUTDOORS: Moreton Shores resident Jan with diversional therapist Bec McLeod help look after the facility's chooks.

OUTDOORS: Moreton Shores resident Jan with diversional therapist Bec McLeod help look after the facility's chooks.

Bolton Clarke is also a finalist in the Innovation of the Year - Product category for its Digital Talking Books, which provide information on different health topics like diabetes and dementia.

Its digital independence products earned a finalist position in Best Solution to Support Ageing in Place - Assistive Technology.

The organisation recently rolled out a new collection of smart technology including wearable products and in-home monitoring, which could be combined to suit individual care needs like dementia, falls risk and general safety issues.

Winners of the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards will be announced on May 20 in Singapore as part of the AgeingAsia 2020 conference.