Active ageing retirement lifestyle in the spotlight at Eastlands Lifestyle Centre
Eastlands Mature Lifestyle Estate in Benoni North officially opened its highly anticipated Lifestyle Centre today. A next-generation residential estate for active, young-at-heart seniors, Eastlands is currently pioneering the concepts of “ageing in place” and “active ageing” in South Africa.
Its new Lifestyle Centre brings these concepts to life for the estate’s over-50s residents through a range of high-quality lifestyle and health and wellness facilities.
People are invited to view these facilities at the new Lifestyle Centre during the estate’s open weekend, to be held today and tomorrow from 8am to 5pm.
In addition, all buyers purchasing a unit at Eastlands Mature Lifestyle Estate before the end of August qualify for a R5000 landscaping voucher for their new home.
The biggest drawcard of the new Lifestyle Centre is undoubtedly its world-class healthcare and wellness centre, which is operated by Geratec, the only full-service provider of outsourced services to long-term care facilities and retirement homes and estates in South Africa.
Rayne Stroebel, managing director of Geratec, says it promotes “ageing in place” by providing a safe, comfortable space for residents to use as they age and their needs change.
“Instead of having to uproot residents as their care needs evolve and move them to an entirely new location – an often traumatic exercise for elderly people – the centre allows residents to seamlessly move from their own homes on the estate to the assisted living suites and then, if necessary, to the healthcare centre.
“This approach, which is in line with current global trends in ageing, puts people first. It’s a more humane and compassionate way to help elderly people navigate these often difficult transitions,” he says.
The healthcare and wellness centre features six dedicated assisted living suites that offer professional home care services, as well as a 16-bed healthcare centre that provides 24-hour healthcare. These facilities prioritise residents’ individual needs, both medical and personal.
In addition to these state-of-the-art facilities, the Lifestyle Centre also features several amenities geared towards “active ageing”. This means amenities have been specifically designed to optimise opportunities for health, participation and security to enhance residents’ quality of life as they age.
“These facilities include a heated indoor pool and two outdoor pools, a bowling green and jukskei field, vegetable allotments, carpentry and metalwork workshops, a boardroom, a restaurant and coffee shop and a large communal braai area. Over and above the well-being aspect, these facilities strengthen the sense of community at Eastlands,” says Stroebel.
For residents’ convenience, the Lifestyle Centre also features a small store stocking everyday items and groceries, three boutique hotel-style rooms for overnighting family and friends, and a shuttle service.