THINK­ING OUT­SIDE THE BOX

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Lead­ers in the re­tire­ment and aged care sec­tor were among those recog­nised at a re­cent awards cer­e­mony in Bris­bane.

RV Home­base Fraser Coast won the Se­niors Living cat­e­gory at the 2017 UDIA Queens­land awards, go­ing on to take out one of the most cov­eted top gongs – the CEO’s award.

The de­vel­op­ment was de­scribed as a “new model of se­niors living in Aus­tralia” as it had been specif­i­cally de­signed for res­i­dents with large RVs who travel reg­u­larly.

“Given res­i­dents are away for a large part of the year, the houses are de­signed to be low main­te­nance and the ex­ten­sive land­scap­ing is main­tained by man­age­ment,” the judges said.

“The site also fea­tures a com­mu­nity build­ing, ten­nis court, bowl­ing green, pool, craft room, cin­ema and roofed gath­er­ing space.”

The judges said RV Home­base Fraser Coast had made a brave but “suc­cess­ful” de­ci­sion choos­ing a site away from the coastal lo­ca­tions.

Woom­bye Aged Care Fa­cil­ity by Woom­bye Care Inc won the Res­i­den­tial Care cat­e­gory, beat­ing two other fi­nal­ists.

The in­te­gra­tion of new struc­tures and fa­cil­i­ties with the ex­ist­ing vil­lage el­e­ments were ac­knowl­edged by the judges, as was the focus on de­men­tia de­sign, age­ing in place, and com­mu­nity out­reach ser­vices.

“With higher staffing ra­tios than most, and a pol­icy of tak­ing 75 per cent of res­i­dents with no other as­sets, the project rep­re­sents not only a qual­ity de­vel­op­ment but an in­tense com­mit­ment to res­i­dents and their care,” the judges noted. Fi­nally, The So­cial But­tons, an ini­tia­tive of BHC’s Cag­gara House, took out the Wild­card cat­e­gory, and was recog­nised for pro­vid­ing an in­no­va­tive way to in­ter­act and en­gage with its com­mu­nity. The de­sign cre­ates a unique in­ter­face that takes the term “with a sim­ple click of a but­ton” to a new level.

Giant, colour­ful, 3-di­men­sional but­tons al­low res­i­dents to choose so­cial events from a list of ac­tiv­i­ties, fol­lowed by the lo­ca­tion, and a day of the week or time for the ac­tiv­ity.

UDIA Queens­land award win­ners in­clude RV Home­base Fraser Coast, Woom­bye Aged Care Fa­cil­ity (top right), and The So­cial But­tons (right).

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