$25M state-of-the-art residential aged care community for Brookfield
A $25-million residential aged-care development at Brookfield will officially began construction on Thursday with City of Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Carinity CEO Jon Campbell turning the first sod on site.
The Brookfield Green development will build on the existing Carinity site to increase the number of aged care and retirement options available in the popular Brisbane suburb.
The development is only Stage One of a $65-million Master Plan for the site which will see some of the existing residential aged care and retirement buildings replaced with a 96-suit, hotel-style residential aged care building, Community Pavilion and 102 terraced, retirement villas over the next five years.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said there was an urgent need for new retirement and aged care accommodation in Brisbane to cope with the increase population growth over the next 20 years.
“Over the past six years less than 1,000 aged care rooms and retirement units have been approved each year on average, but projections show that our city will requirement an annual increase of 3,600 to accommodate our ageing population,” he said.
“We believe residents should be able to transition into aged care accommodation in the communities they are already part of, but this will only be possible if the amount of aged care accommodation increases in our suburbs.”
Carinity CEO Jon Campbell said the revitalised site would enhance the positive and caring community culture already in place.
“We’re excited to be redeveloping the site to be able to give our existing residents and future residents the best care possible. The new community will be called Carinity Brookfield Green reflecting the sympathetic integration of buildings into the local environment,” he said.
“The design will feature bright, open-plan public spaces to create the feeling of being in a stylish contemporary hotel rather than a traditional residential aged care centre. The terraced retirement villas nestled into the surrounding bush and hillside will have spectacular views,” he said.
“We combine the learnings from 68 years in the aged care industry, the latest technology, and consumer needs to be able to deliver excellent support for ageing Queenslanders whether it be retirement, home care or residential aged care.
“The aged care building incorporates a café, activities areas and dining rooms as well as an advanced nurse call system and staff-to-resident communications, the ability to personalise air-conditioning, resident Wi-Fi internet access, an onsite commercial kitchen and laundry and advanced security systems.”
“All resident rooms include an en suite and are fully air-conditioned, while our retirement villas boast generous floor plans and sleek finishes with a Community Pavilion and Men’s Shed.”
“Our vision is to build communities where people are loved, accepted and supported to reach their full potential. We’ve already built a wonderful community here at Brookfield, and we’re looking forward to expanding it in the years to come.”
Paynter Dixon Queensland are managing the project, which will be completed in early 2018.