The Property Council and LASA have officially entered a joint Heads-of-Agreement for co-management of a renewed scheme, with both organisations to work over the coming months to merge the existing Lifemark and IRCAS schemes into a single entity.
Ben Myers, Executive Director – Retirement Living at the Property Council, says ensuring retirement living accreditation delivers real outcomes and raises standards for residents is a key priority in 2018 and beyond.
“A robust accreditation scheme for Australian retirement villages will deliver peace of mind to incoming and current residents about the quality of their community and the capability of their village’s staff and procedures,” says Mr Myers.
LASA’s Chief Executive Officer, Sean Rooney, says one national accreditation scheme will help to strengthen the system, assisting both consumers and providers of retirement living.
“A clear, strong, single accreditation scheme will set new benchmarks for community expectations and deliver greater consumer-confidence for the industry.
“LASA looks forward to working with the Property Council on this important initiative,” he says.
Members of the Property Council and LASA will form a joint steering committee to advise on and oversee the changes to retirement living accreditation, with a view to finalising the new scheme over coming months.
Seasons Chief Executive Officer, and LASA board member, Nick Loudon says the joint accreditation will provide an accreditation system that suits the changing needs of the industry while addressing consumer needs and expectations.
“The move to a joint system will assist in growing the retirement living sector as a crucial component of Australia’s Seniors Housing offering, while ensuring that those delivering aged services within a retirement village setting have a range of standards that apply to their complete service offering – from care right through to accommodation and lifestyle facilities,” says Mr Loudon.