Uniting Church agency and leading non-profit community health and aged care provider Blue Care will design a landmark integrated residential, health and aged care facility at the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The Blue Care Integrated Care Model will be the first Sunshine Coast development of its type. It will be realised on new land released by property developer Stockland at its masterfully planned community Kawana Waters.
Blue Care Executive Director Stephen Muggleton said integration of care services under one roof offered the opportunity to deliver aged care services seamlessly.
“This project will be significantly different to traditional community health and aged care facilities. The proposed design will be highly innovative, breaking the traditional boundaries of health care architecture,” he said.
The unique community will integrate aged care facilities together with independent living accommodation for retirees, respite and allied health facilities, suites for medical practitioners and the like, as well as lifestyle areas.
It is likely to include 120 independent living units for seniors, a 120-bed residential aged care facility plus basement car parking to allow for an open space system throughout the site with lawns and gardens.
Mr Muggleton said the Integrated Care Model also set out a framework for much-needed growth in the area, with the existing local population of around 22,000 expected to double over the next decade.
“With miles of beautiful surf beaches, natural creeks, lakes, waterways, parks just a stone’s throw away, Kawana Waters is the ideal location for this facility,” he said. “This development will become an aged care landmark for the Sunshine Coast region.”
The 6.3ha parcel of land is located at the corner of Nicklin Way and Lake Kawana Boulevard at Kawana Waters, which is approximately 1.25 hours north of Brisbane.
Blue Care is Australia’s leading non-profit provider of community health and residential aged care. Everyday, the organisation cares for and supports 11,000 people through services such as community nursing, allied health, residential aged care and respite.
Services are available to everyone and people assisted include frail older people, younger people with disabilities, and others in need within the general community.