FRESH APPROACH IN CARE
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.