Community for all stages of life
Joyce Larkens moved to the Carinity Brownesholme retirement community 20 years ago – and she has never wanted to leave.
“We decided we would move down to Toowoomba and we looked all over and didn’t like it, and then we saw Brownesholme,” Joyce says.
“I’ve stayed here and I’ve never regretted it. I like everything about it. We’ve got the best units, the most beautiful place to live, lovely gardens to walk in, and I love my neighbours.”
If you are a senior person in the stage of life with the kids moved out, you might be looking to downsize and make the move to a smaller home.
Moving somewhere new, away from friends and the place where wonderful memories were made, can feel daunting.
At the heart of Carinity’s vision, our retirement villages offer seniors a great lifestyle in safe and social communities, where friendships are made and residents look out for each other.
Carinity is committed to seniors communities that offer adaptive living, giving the peace of mind of knowing you won’t need to leave the community you’ve come to know and love should you need additional support and care.
Our integrated service for seniors is being achieved through the co-location of retirement villages and residential aged care communities, and access to in-home care.
Carinity Aged Care Regional Manager Kathy Nicholls says co-located services for seniors are ideal for older people who “want to stay connected to their loved ones, families and friends”.
“Our approach is to integrate aged care and support services into our retirement lifestyle communities through in-home care and eventually more supportive accommodation and care services,” Kathy says.
“When it is time for the additional support of aged care living, residents don’t have to move away from established relationships and can maintain their close networks.
“Having retirement villages and residential aged care communities co-located also enables couples to remain connected if one partner requires a higher level of care.
“Once you’ve made the move to a Carinity community you’ll always be surrounded by your friendships and support, whether you’re living in the retirement village or one of our residential aged care communities.”
All Carinity retirement villages have access to in-home care support. Four communities situated in Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Wishart and Brookfield, both in Brisbane, feature co-located residential aged care.
A new retirement village in Townsville, to complement the existing Carinity Fairfield Grange residential aged care community, is being planned.
In addition, construction is underway on a new aged care centre next to the Carinity Brownesholme retirement village in Highfields, stage one of a $67 million expansion of the seniors’ community.
For 10 years Kay Clements has lived at Carinity Brownesholme, one of six Carinity retirement lifestyle villages in five cities around Queensland. She enjoys the lifestyle in rural Highfields, 13km north of the Toowoomba CBD.
“Because I come from the country – I’m a farmer’s daughter and a farmer’s wife – I have never wanted to live in a city,” says Kay, who was raised in the Murray Valley and lived in Goondiwindi.
Kay and Joyce both find comfort knowing a new home in the co-located residential aged care community in Highfields awaits in their later years.
“The new aged care is going to be wonderful. I hope I can keep on living here for a while longer,” Joyce says.
Carinity’s commitment to adaptive living for seniors includes the Carinity Home Care service which supports seniors to continue living independently in their own homes and local community.
“Help is always available and our team of Lifestyle Carers can assist seniors however they like, providing services tailored to them, so they can continue to live the life they love, in the home they love,” Carinity Home Care Manager Janelle Heyse says.
“Services range from domestic assistance like cleaning, laundry and meal preparation to personal and social support, to helping seniors get out and about and enjoy the pursuits they’re passionate about.”
From in-home assistance for retirees through to 24-hour care in aged care communities, Queensland seniors like Kay can be supported by Carinity at all stages of their later years.
“I love living at Brownesholme and I don’t ever want to leave the place,” Kay says.