Melrose Manor, an Auria Senior Living continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Melrose North, Johannesburg, has won a prestigious international award in the 9th annual Senior Housing News (SHN) Architecture & Design Awards. The award showcases how world-class senior living has become yet another aspect in which South Africa can compete with the best in the international arena.

Annual international competition

Senior Housing News, an Aging Media Network publication based in Chicago, United States of America (USA), holds an annual competition focusing on twelve design and lifestyle categories in senior living. The purpose of the awards is to give credit to service providers for their innovative and creative efforts to position their senior living communities as global leaders in their classes.

Melrose Manor was selected from more than 90 entries, earning the first place in the international category. Projects were judged by a panel of 17 global industry experts, with entries being evaluated on various factors such as design and aesthetics, landscaping and community functionality.

“These nominations represent the spirit of innovation and cutting-edge design from around the USA and the world,” said George Yedinak, founder of Senior Housing News, in announcing the launch of the awards. With the announcement of the winning projects, he commented: “This year’s winning entries are a look at the future of senior living architecture and design. The showcase of best-in-class builds has yet again set a new precedent for senior living facilities, as the industry shifts and new demographics flood the market.”

The beginning

According to Auria Senior Living chief executive officer, Barry Kaganson, many elderly people are reluctant to go to retirement villages. “Options are very limited and South Africa is far behind compared to what is available overseas. After doing research about what we didn’t have versus what we should have, my interest was sparked. We did research in Australia, New Zealand and the USA for best practices.

“Auria Senior Living provides continuing care inpurpose-built communities for elderly people. Our residents’ individualised care plan will change when their needs change, and any assistance or care that may be needed, can be adapted to their unique requirements, ensuring they live an enhanced life with peace of mind.”

About Auria Senior Living

Auria develops, owns and manages a portfolio of senior living communities throughout South Africa. The company is setting a new benchmark in continuing-care living for the over-70s, providing for the intellectual, emotional, social and physical needs of its residents, in attractive and well-located communities.

Auria’s current portfolio includes the award-winning San Sereno in Bryanston, the magnificently revamped Melrose Manor in Melrose, the recently acquired Woodside Village in Rondebosch and two new purpose-built communities: Royal View, a 122-apartment senior living development on the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Course in Sandringham, and Coral Cove, a breath-taking senior living community at Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate on the shores of Sheffield Beach at the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

Auria’s mission since inception has been inspired by international practice and research to change perceptions about senior living in South Africa. “Our promise to our residents is that they will enjoy their best quality of life, every single day,” says Kaganson.

“These awards inspire our team to continue being innovative and to follow global best practices to provide our residents with extraordinary environments in which they can live and be supported. This accolade is proof that a proudly South African business can stand head and shoulders amongst the best in the world.”

Auria communities offer a range of independent residential, assisted living and care options that provide a total continuum of care. It ensures that residents and their families have the comfort of knowing that their unique requirements can be catered for as their needs change.

Melrose Manor project

Melrose Manor is one of a growing portfolio of gold standard CCRCs developed and operated by Auria in South Africa, and it offers independent and assisted living in a beautifully renovated old building set on spacious grounds. Driven by Auria’s holistic, person-centred approach, it offers a continuum of care such as doctors’ consultations, physiotherapists and biokineticists. There is also a hair salon and the popular Café Auria, a bistro offering light meals, coffees and treats to residents, that spills out onto a deck with a pergola connecting the interior and exterior spaces.

For more information, contact Auria Senior Living:
Tel: +27 87 654 8833

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