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Embracing Biophilic Design in Residential Aged Care

“As we get older, the beauty of a leaf or the serenity of a still lake becomes more apparent. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves”

Sir David Attenborough

Biophilia is a Greek word which means “love of life or living things” and is an emerging concept in architectural design to “increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct or indirect nature”. This concept is revolutionising the way we approach environments in residential aged care settings. This philosophy, rooted in the innate human connection to nature, has been meticulously integrated by Oryx Communities at The Queenslea in Claremont, The Richardson in West Perth and soon to be at The Melvista in Nedlands with the intention to foster environments where residents don’t just live, but thrive.

Promoting Holistic Health through Biophilic Design

As trailblazers and innovators in the aged care industry, Oryx represents a forward-thinking approach with the integration of biophilic principles in everything we do. At The Richardson, The Queenslea and The Melvista, biophilic design goes beyond mere aesthetics.

By integrating elements such as natural light, lush plant life and serene water features, Oryx has created havens for our residents that nurtures both physical and mental wellbeing. An environment filled with natural elements and a connection to nature is invaluable in aged care, where the psychological impacts of aging can be as significant as the physical ones. Exposure to natural elements has been shown to uplift moods, reduce stress and enhance cognitive function.

The serene courtyard at The Queenslea Aged Care

Fostering Social Connections and Building Communities

Human beings are inherently social creatures, and the need for social interaction doesn’t diminish with age. In fact, as we age our social circle becomes smaller and opportunities to engage with others become less. The Richardson and The Queenslea understand this well, designing natural-like spaces that are not just visually appealing but also functional as communal hubs for residents across our aged care services. These shared spaces encourage residents to come together organically, sharing stories and building connections, which is the foundation of mental health and community spirit.

Enhancing aged care Environments for Health Benefits

The inclusion of natural elements within Oryx Communities’ aged care homes goes beyond aesthetic appeal. Plants, for instance, are natural air purifiers – improving indoor air quality and creating a healthier living environment. An indoor-outdoor living environment, which is a design feature of all Oryx residences, utilises large balconies, windows and terraces to enhance the overall comfort of residents and significantly contributes to overall health and wellbeing.

Integrating Lifestyle Activities with Nature in aged care

Beyond the architectural design, the dedicated lifestyle teams located within each home play a pivotal role in connecting residents with nature. Through a variety of outdoor activities, residents are not only physically active, but also mentally engaged. Gardening clubs, nature walks and outdoor fitness classes are just a few examples of how residents are encouraged to interact with their natural surroundings. These activities not only strengthen their physical health but also foster an appreciation for the natural world, keeping them connected to Mother Nature.

Living the Oryx Philosophy

At the heart of Oryx Communities approach is a philosophy that values holistic care and wellbeing. By intertwining biophilic design with an array of lifestyle activities, our aged care homes The Queenslea, The Richardson and The Melvista epitomise this philosophy. The integration of natural elements in the design and the emphasis on outdoor activities are not just amenities – they are expressions of a commitment to ensuring that residents live their best lives, surrounded by nature’s restorative presence.

At Oryx Communities, residents find not just a place to live but a place to connect, thrive, and experience the numerous benefits of a life intertwined with nature. It’s a testament to the belief that the quality of our environment directly influences the quality of our lives.

From your friends at Oryx

The Richardson Aged Care Phone (08) 9381 2800
The Queenslea Aged Care Phone (08) 6280 1900
The Queenslea Retirement Living Apartments Phone (08) 6280 1999