Aged care and retirement living provider IRT Group has opened the doors to its first collaborative housing retirement village for women over 55 in Wollongong.
Jasmine Grove is collocated with the Henry Brooks Estate at IRT Kanahooka retirement village in the Illawarra.
As previously reported, Jasmine Grove offers a housing model for single women over the age of 55, where they can live together in a supportive environment.
The precinct includes eight private one-bedroom villas and a community building with a large share kitchen and a family-sized dining and lounge area. The outdoor area includes a barbecue, additional storage and a shared vegetable garden and green space.
Jasmine Grove residents can also access the amenities at Henry Brooks Estate, including the clubhouse, pizza oven and giant outdoor chessboard.
IRT Group CEO Patrick Reid said collaborative housing is becoming an increasingly attractive option for a growing number of women approaching retirement.
“Our aim with Jasmine Grove has been to offer a new type of retirement living option for women that is not only more financially attainable, but sustainable and connected. We’re really excited for the eight women who now call Jasmine Grove home and hope they will be very happy here,” he said.
The home won a 2021 innovAGEING award in November in the improving consumer choice category and project of the year at this year’s international Eldercare innovation awards.
The project team responsible for developing Jasmine Grove is also among finalists for a National Association of Women in Construction innovation award, to be announced in 2022.
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells representing the Minister for Infrastructure formally opened the home.
Jasmine Grove has been partially funded by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund.
Main image: IRT Group has opened its Jasmine Grove retirement village
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