Southcare provides a diverse range of aged care and community services to people in need.

The proposed development will support occupants (who must be over 55 or dependent) to stay connected to high quality care that is available in their own stylish home.

Outlined below are the most ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ we have received regarding the future occupants of the Southcare development and the services that they will be provided through Southcare.


Q & A

Will Southcare provide care services to people who live in the apartments?

Yes, Southcare’s core business is to provide caring services for those who are disadvantaged by age, sickness, disability (while encouraging independence and maintaining function and skills), unemployment, and poverty, familial or social stresses. Popular home care services include personal care, domestic assistance, garden maintenance, respite, transport, nursing services, social activities, dementia and nursing care.

Technology, freshly cooked daily meals, weekly cleaning and linen services will also be on offer to create the perfect balance between support and independent living.

Is the development for Public/State housing for people over 55?

No this development is not part of the Department of Housing (WA) affordable housing strategy.

Can anyone live in the apartments?

No – The site is developed only for the purposes of Aged or Dependent Persons’ Dwellings, Aged or Dependent Persons’ Amenities, Aged or Dependent Persons Care, community welfare activities or other related services.

For further information see Planning and Development Act 2055 Approved Town Planning Scheme Amendment City of South Perth Town Planning Scheme No 6 – Amendment no 45 at page 4979.

What does "Ageing in Place" mean?

Ageing in place is a term used to describe a person living in the residence of their choice, for as long as they are able, as they age. This includes being able to have any services (or other support) they might need over time as their needs change.

Older people want choices about where and how they age in place. Ageing in place has advantages in terms of a sense of attachment or connection and feelings of security and familiarity in relation to both home and community. Ageing in place relates to a sense of identity both through independence and autonomy and through caring relationships and roles in the places people live.

What are Southcare’s Hours of Operation?

Southcare’s operating hours are from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday. However coordinators are on-call and support workers work seven days a week so we can provide care and support services to people.

How many units are we proposing to develop?

The development application is for 82 residential apartments units over four levels. The proposal is for 33 units with the western building and 49 units with the eastern building. This will be made up of 1×1 bedroom, 2×1 bedroom, 2×2 bedroom and 3×2 bedroom apartments. Each apartment has been designed to enable people to age in place and meet livable housing design standards.   A livable home is designed to: be easy to enter; be easy to navigate in and around; be capable of easy and cost-effective adaptation, and be responsive to the changing needs of home occupants.

We aim to meet the Gold and Platinum levels of performance for Livable Housing Design. Each apartment will have:

  • A safe continuous and step free path of travel from the street entrance and / or parking area to a dwelling entrance that is level.
  • Internal doors and corridors that facilitate comfortable and unimpeded movement between spaces.
  • A toilet on the ground (or entry) level that provides easy access.
  • A bathroom that contains a hobless (step-free) shower recess.
  • Reinforced walls around the toilet, shower and bath to support the safe installation of grabrails at a later date
  • A continuous handrail on one side of any stairway where there is a rise of more than one metre.

Gold Level – Enhanced requirements for most of the core livable housing design elements plus additional elements. The gold level provides for more generous dimensions for most of the core livable housing design elements and introduces additional elements in areas such as the kitchen and bedroom.

Platinum Level – Some further enhanced requirements for the core livable housing design elements plus all remaining elements. All 16 elements are featured in the platinum level. This level describes design elements that would better accommodate ageing in place and people with higher mobility needs. This level requires more generous dimensions for most of the core livable design elements and introduces additional elements for features such as the living room and flooring.