A lot of time and energy goes into planning retirement and future care, particularly for those responsible for elderly parents as well. We know it can be difficult finding appropriate support and accommodation, which makes BASScare’s Morgan Glen Iris development a welcome addition to the aged-care sector.
Nestled alongside the beautiful Back Creek Reserve in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburb of Glen Iris, residents of Morgan Glen Iris have full access to a range of shared spaces and experiences, not to mention their very own architecturally designed apartment.
Owned and operated by trusted care provider BASScare, Morgan Glen Iris comprises 62 assisted living apartments set across three levels. Of these, 45 are one bedroom and 17 are two bedrooms, all with generous balconies, exceptional finishes and high-end fixtures. With construction now complete, prospective residents are now being offered a rare opportunity to move in and become a part of the Morgan Glen Iris community.
Roy Hammond-Thomas, village manager, says people are looking for a place that gives them the independence, choice and dignity they deserve – particularly as they age – which makes Morgan Glen Iris the ideal alternative to a regular aged-care facility. “We know from our conversations with prospective residents that they wish to age gracefully,” he says, “with access to the support they need, without having to do the work themselves or rely on loved ones.”
Roy cannot speak highly enough of the level of detail evident right across the development, and says Morgan Glen Iris can only be described as the most special place to call home. “Our focus on premium, locally sourced fittings, fixtures and finishes begins from the moment you walk in the door, extending across every apartment and shared space in the building,” he says.
From marble benchtops, wool carpets and specially designed chair fabrics, to premium appliances, assistive devices and perfectly level flooring across the complex, Morgan Glen Iris ticks every box – and then some – with exquisite community spaces also a feature.
Each apartment at Morgan Glen Iris comes with a Samsung smart tablet and village smart app. From the app, residents can book services, spa treatments, order restaurant meals and even connect with neighbours. The app is available for families and loved ones to use as well, enabling special care packages to be organised and delivered directly to an apartment, and thus ensuring residents receive the best possible support.
Indeed, the village’s approach to support is something to be admired. The day-to-day activities are focused on helping residents maintain their independence, as well as giving freedom of choice over the type of care they receive. Residents have the choice between a gold, silver or bronze package for both dining and support – and as their needs change, so too can their package level.
“The needs of our residents are as individual as they are,” Roy says. “Whether it’s assistance with showering and dressing, taking care of the laundry and housework, or something entirely different, we will always be on hand to help.”
The Morgan Glen Iris community has a strong focus on social interaction and reducing loneliness and isolation. Everything from daily morning teas, happy hours, restaurant meals and exercise classes, through to onsite events and services will be provided to residents, giving them ample opportunities to connect with others.
Residents can grab a book from the curated library and sit next to the impressive floor-to-ceiling gas fire, visit the hair salon and spa for some self-care, work out in the state-of-the-art gym (with the on-site exercise physiologist), or even join other residents upstairs for a luxury cinema experience. There’s also a range of custom-made classes and workshops on offer, as well as a beautiful winter garden and a boardwalk that wraps around the building.
In addition, the development features a superbly designed art-studio-come-multi-function-space, which will play host to a number of the village’s specially designed programs. From sip-and-draw classes with some of Melbourne’s best artists, to ceramic workshops, creative writing, wine decanting and cooking classes, there’s not much Morgan Glen Iris hasn’t thought of!
Shuttle services will also be provided through the week, giving residents the chance to visit local shopping precincts and attractions, or access medical care as required. Full-day excursions are in the calendar too, for those in the mood for an adventure.
A big drawcard for the development is the village restaurant. Staffed by chefs from some of Melbourne’s finest establishments, residents will be able to enjoy sumptuous continental buffets and hot breakfasts, café-style lunches and afternoon teas, as well as the choice of three two-course dinners each day in the 60+ seat restaurant. A curated selection of wines and spirits are also available to accompany meals, or residents can bring their own from the on-site cellar.
The village has been designed specifically for residents aged 85-plus, so it should come as no surprise that the level of care is second to none. While aged care is probably the last thing on the minds of most over 50s, Morgan Glen Iris gives those with elderly parents a fresh alternative to aged care in a modern and supportive environment.
“Around-the-clock support is provided by our concierge team, and they are the first point of contact for our residents,” Roy says. “They’re available to answer questions, queries, provide advice on how to use apartment appliances and equipment, as well as offer recommendations around upcoming programs and events. Night concierge staff are also medically qualified and will be available to assist in the event of an emergency.”
With all support needs taken care of from the moment they step foot in the door, residents of Morgan Glen Iris can get back to enjoying their golden years without the hassles. “We’re here to help them live their lives to the fullest,” Roy adds.
If Morgan Glen Iris sounds like the right fit for you or someone you love, visit the Morgan Glen Iris website and book an appointment with Pip Walker, sales manager, to inspect the available properties today.
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