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CON­STRUC­TION has started on a $65 mil­lion aged-care fa­cil­ity at Hamil­ton.

The lat­est pro­ject from QRS, Portofino will house up to 250 res­i­dents in op­tions rang­ing from three-bed­room pen­t­house suites to high-care nurs­ing units.

The site on the cor­ner of Kings­ford Smith Drive and Nudgee Rd will in­cor­po­rate ground-floor shops, a pi­azza and open-air cinema.

QRS man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mario Casagrande said the de­vel­op­ment would of­fer a new model for the age­ing. Portofino will cater mainly for res­i­dents re­quir­ing care, with lux­ury ho­tel-style ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fer­ing con­tin­ued com­mu­nity in­te­gra­tion.

Mr Casagrande said Portofino would of­fer tran­si­tional care, par­tic­u­larly tar­get­ing cou­ples who may have dif­fer­ent needs who want to re­main to­gether.

“We are be­ing more in­no­va­tive in how we ser­vice, and how we de­liver that ser­vice,” he said. “The im­por­tant thing for us is to cre­ate well­ness from the day they walk in – which also in­cor­po­rates their fam­i­lies, the com­mu­nity … it be­comes a bit of a buzz.”

He said QRS saw this as the next step in cater­ing for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Casagrande fam­ily busi­nesses have been op­er­at­ing in aged care since 1973, start­ing with Carindale Court.

Portofino prices will be de­ter­mined closer to com­ple­tion, sched­uled for late 2017, but Mr Casagrande ex­pected en­try level to be slightly higher than the in­dus­try av­er­age of around $400,000.

En­try will be based on the re­fund­able ac­com­mo­da­tion de­posit model of aged care.

IN­NO­VA­TIVE PRO­JECT: QRS man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mario Casagrande at the con­struc­tion site of aged-care pro­ject Portofino in Hamil­ton.

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