New Private Aged Care Resort for the Gold Coast
04 April, 2019
New Gold Coast aged care community an inspiration for the industry
An innovator of the aged care industry has launched a new development on the Gold Coast aimed at providing a brighter future for elderly Australians.
Phil Usher, who pioneered private aged care throughout southeast Queensland, has established Odyssey Private Aged Care with the backing of one of the state’s largest superannuation funds, Sunsuper.
The first Odyssey community will be built in Robina adjacent to the Robina Town Centre across three stages and will incorporate a child care centre into the model.
“Odyssey will build on what we’ve created over 20 years’ experience providing affordable private aged care where the residents are placed at the centre of everything we do,” Mr Usher said.
“The model is built around a resort style environment where couples can stay together, pets are welcome, grandkids have sleepovers, and most importantly your dignity and independence are highly respected.
“We’re really a perfect hybrid of retirement and aged care, with no waiting lists and you don’t ever need to move again as all services are delivered to you as needed into your home from our dedicated on-site team.
“This is a refreshing approach to what most people think aged care is as you don’t need to be frail to live with us, and if you own your own home you can potentially afford private aged care and really enjoy the latter years of your life.”
The eight-level community will be constructed on the corner of Christine Avenue and The Crestway in Robina and include 148 luxury apartments, leisure centre, restaurant and piano lounges among other amenities.
The home size apartments range from 70sqm to 95sqm and can be customised for early purchasers.
The care community will also have structured interaction with the child care centre through shared storytelling and adopt-a-grandparent initiatives.
Mr Usher said the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety highlighted the fact that society wasn’t doing enough to care for our elderly.
“It’s a real shame there are instances of institutions failing older people in need of care,” Mr Usher says.
“We need to provide an environment where normality, friendship, dignity and quality of life are all prioritized, and that’s the ethos behind Odyssey.
“Ultimately where people have the opportunity to take control of their lives they should, but even when they can’t the system shouldn’t fail them.”
The community is expected to commence construction in April with the first residents moving in around July next year.