The new complex for the elderly offers a warm environment, neat services and a variety of activities
The first foreign-funded elderly community in the Yangtze River Delta Ecology and Green Integration Demonstration Zone opened this weekend.
It will provide inter-regional elderly care options for the elderly in Shanghai and throughout the Yangtze River Delta region.
The “Ardor Gardens” complex located on the shore of beautiful Dianshan Lake in Qingpu District has a garden style environment. Covering approximately 85,000 square meters, it has nearly 40 percent green coverage.
It has around 800 apartments that can accommodate around 1,300 residents. The first phase of six buildings with nearly 250 apartments has come into operation.
Construction of the rest is expected to be completed within a year.
The resort features designs suitable for the elderly according to their health conditions and safety requirements, such as barrier-free doors accessible to wheelchair users, wooden arc-angle furniture, handles in the bathroom and eco-friendly features such as rooftop solar water heating systems. .
Smart technologies are also present in the community.
Robots will deliver meals to residents’ doors, and one-click alarm systems with positioning functions will allow staff to locate the elderly in an emergency.
At the same time, activity requests, service appointments and health management can be done with one click through the community app.
Smart bracelets capable of measuring health data such as blood pressure and step count are being delivered to elderly residents.
The community also has a range of facilities, such as fitness and yoga areas, swimming pool, cafe, tea room and reading room. Health lectures, arts and crafts, dance, calligraphy, flower arrangement, and aromatherapy experience classes are also offered.
It primarily serves people aged 60 to 75 living in Shanghai and neighboring cities, according to Lendlease, the community’s foreign-funded developer and operator.
The community welcomed the first group of seniors over the weekend. Almost a third of their children have lived abroad.
They share similarities such as open-mindedness, are vigorous, eager to try new things, and pursue high-quality life experiences, the operator said.
One resident, surnamed Zhang, who is in his sixties, said, “Unlike traditional retirement homes, the community is more like a resort, it has a warm environment with neat services and diverse activities.”
Ardor Gardens General Manager Marc Donnelly said: “The vision is to create a senior living complex with hospitality, superior service, genuine care and vitality.”
At the end of 2020, Shanghai’s population aged 60 and over reached 5.33 million, or 36.1% of permanent residents, up 3% from 2019. Of these, 825,300 were 80 years or older, and there were 3,000 centenarians.