The South African elderly population, over 60 years or older, is expected to double from 7.7% to 15.4% within the next 35 years, according to the World Health Organisation’s World Report on Ageing and Health in 2015. Taking heed of the demand for dedicated healthcare facilities, especially within retirement estates, prominent property developers, Collins Residential, has formed a strategic alliance with South Africa’s leading healthcare provider, Totalcare.
“Our research has proved that in order to ensure the appeal and success of a retirement offering, the care solution needs to be superior, and need to be confirmed holistically to potential buyers upfront as this is of paramount importance to retirees. We have identified Totalcare as an industry leader and partnered with them to ensure that Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village is the premium retirement option in KwaZulu Natal,” explains David Cameron, Director of Cameron Property Group, developer representative for Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village.
He confirms, “Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village will offer 112 beds, between the assisted and frail care units and around the clock care for residents, whether it’s from the comfort of their own home or in the Care Centre”.
Totalcare has set themselves apart in the healthcare industry offering dedicated services to the elderly, from assisted living to home based care and more. Totalcare’s specialised presence in the market is becoming increasingly prominent as it is estimated within the World Health Organisation’s Report findings that 38.4% of South Africans from 65 to 74 years of age have limitations in eating, bathing, dressing, getting in and out of bed, or using the toilet.
Understanding these and other needs of the elderly, Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village’s working relationship with Totalcare will position them high above other retirement villages. This will be Totalcare’s introduction to the KwaZulu-Natal market and will become one of their flagship projects in South Africa.
Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village, nestled within the already established Kindlewood Estate, will comprise of approximately 260 units, and will offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom sectional title units, as well as a limited number of freestanding homes. Designed to provide the ultimate in spaciously comfortable living, residents will enjoy a community-focused estate, with unlimited use of the facilities within Kindlewood Estate.
“The combination of Totalcare’s services with Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village’s facilities and lifestyle, ensures that residents will be offered the luxury of permanently setting up their home from the time they are fit and healthy, right through to a time that they may need the extra care,” explains Cameron.
Totalcare offers Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village residents 24/7 medical assistance, with options ranging from basic to permanent medical assistance, along with flexible roaming nursing care for minor through to intensive medical check-ups to be done in the comfort of their own home, and specialised Alzheimer and Dementia care.
Whether on a basic or premium package, residents can rest assured that the Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village will be a convenient and easily accessible healthcare 1-stop-shop. This world-class healthcare within the safe and carefree retirement village environment will give residents and their family’s peace of mind knowing that they are always looked after in the best possible way by the friendly, caring and qualified staff from a specialised, leading healthcare provider, Totalcare.
“For us it’s very special to have an impact in people’s lives, especially in their golden years. We’re almost a hybrid between a Netcare and a Protea Hotel. We offer the care element, but also the hospitality element where we take care of our residents’ everyday wellbeing, from their food to cleaning, laundry and everything else on a daily basis. We strive to give them that dignity by using the right personnel,” explains Cornel Nieuwenhuizen, Director of Totalcare.
He continues, “We have been waiting for the right opportunity to enter the KwaZulu Natal market, and were delighted when Collins Residential approached us for Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village”.
Research has shown that the top three elements that people are looking for in a retirement development are top security, holistic healthcare and peace-of-mind, the partnership with Totalcare ensures that Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village definitely ticks all of these boxes.
“There is a distinct gap in dedicated healthcare services for the elderly in South Africa. Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village and Totalcare’s partnership will help fill this gap and ensure the elderly are given the best care as they journey through their ‘golden years’,” says Cameron.