Excellence in Ageing Services award - IRT Group-Kemira

The Global Ageing Network recognises Kemira with the IRT Group with Commendation for Excellence in Ageing Services.


Kemira at IRT William Beach Gardens is a new type of age-friendly community in Illawarra, NSW that allows ageing people with intellectual disabilities to live with their primary carers in a supportive environment.


It is the result of in-depth research by community-based aged care provider IRT Group, its disability sector partners, and the University of Wollongong into the limited house options for this group.


Kemira comprises 12 independent living villas, a community centre and a five-bed respite centre. The person with the disability has the choice to live with their primary carer in a two-bedroom villa or side by side in one-bedroom villas.


The unique tenancy arrangement ensures the person with intellectual disabilities is empowered as the primary tenant. While each resident has their own privacy, the design also promotes interaction, through direct access to the central community hall. This is the hub of Kemira, hosting regular activities organized by IRT and Interchange Illawarra.


Kemira was born from a commitment to making a real difference in people’s lives. Without the commitment of IRT’s Senior Executives, Kemira would never have become a reality.


Neil Preston, Retired CEO of Greenacres Disability Services states, “for many years there had been a big gap in service delivery to people with disabilities and their families in the area of retirement accommodation and ongoing support for their sons and daughters after the death of their parents.


It is truly a groundbreaking project in all aspects and with a respite wing also included in the complex, it can provide much needed respite breaks for families living there”.


Kemira’s success is the result of the unique cross-sector collaboration that combined experience across the aged, disability and research sectors.


From the outset, IRT and its partners have been committed to sharing their learnings through the creation of a blueprint, to be made freely available to other service providers seeking to address the same need.


See other international service excellence awards at http://globalageing.org/2017-global-ageing-network-awards-for-excellence/


29 September 2017.