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Highfields aged care community nearing completion

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A new Carinity aged care community north of Toowoomba is set to open mid-year, providing a home to almost 100 seniors.

Construction of the Carinity Brownesholme residential aged care community in Highfields is nearing completion.

The final touches, including carpets and vinyl, cabinetry, tiling, painting and external landscaping, are at present being applied to the $32-million building.

Once construction is complete, the 6000m2 building will be fitted with design elements such as furniture, fixtures, window dressings, artwork and décor.

The first residents are expected to move into the 96-bed residential aged care building in July.

The site is located adjacent to the existing Carinity Brownesholme retirement village, a home to around 80 retirees which opened in 1995.

“The Brownesholme retirement village has been a much-loved part of the fabric of Highfields for many years and we can’t wait for older seniors, or those with higher care needs, to have their own lovely and welcoming community to enjoy together,” Carinity Aged Care regional manager Larissa Gear said in a statement.

“This will be Carinity’s twelfth residential aged care community around Queensland and with its gorgeous semi-rural setting we’re sure it will be embraced by seniors who grew up on farms or lived in regional areas.”

The new aged care building is stage one of a $67 million expansion of the seniors’ precinct.

Carinity Brownesholme aged care is being built by Paynters and is the Queensland company’s fourth major collaboration with Carinity following the construction of aged care sites in Townsville, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

“With residents able to enjoy their new home soon, Paynters are proud to have the finish line in sight, bringing to life yet another outstanding facility for our long-term clients at Carinity,” Paynters director John McCafferty said.

On top of 70 local sub-contractors employed to construct the new building, around 90 new Carinity staff will work in the aged care community when it is fully functional.

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