Queensland aged care provider Carinity is busily preparing for the opening of the first stage of its upgraded Brownesholme residential aged care community, just outside of Toowoomba.
Located at Highfields, adjacent to the existing 80-bed Carinity Brownesholme retirement village, which opened in 1995, the new site’s first residents will be moving into their new 96-bed building over the coming weeks.
The building is stage one of a $67 million expansion of the seniors’ precinct.
Carinity Aged Care Regional Manager Larissa Gear says she and her staff are excited to welcome their new residents.
“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,” she said.
“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 final touches are being applied to the $32-million building including carpets and vinyl, cabinetry, tiling, painting and external landscaping.
Design elements such as furniture, fixtures, window dressings, artwork and décor are also in the process of being finalised for the 6000m2 building.
The Carinity Brownesholme community is being built by Queensland construction company Paynters and is its 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.