Want to know how to live your best life in retirement? 

You’re not aloneBrisbane seniors and their families turned out in force to gain a wealth of valuable insights at our special Thrive in Retirement information session at Brookland today. 

Hosted by TV legend Kay McGrath, visitors filled the community centre to discover how to make the most of retirement – including everything from the ins and outs of village contracts to planning for the future, care options, and how to tackle downsizing and decluttering. 

How to enjoy an active social life, advice for feeling safe and secure, and the benefits of retirement village life were also explored by a panel of top experts in a wide-ranging interview with Ms McGrath – an award-winning journalist and passionate seniors advocate.             

On hand were Reside Communities CEO Glen Brown and Group Operations Manager Craig Syphers along with Declutter Designs Director Adi Unsworth; Millerson Dufek Lawyers Principal Nica Millerson, Five Good Friends CEO Simon Lockyer, and Brookland resident Ann Fletcher, pictured above with Ms McGrath, centre. 

The audience took advantage of an opportunity to quiz the panel while also learning more about Reside Communities renowned “people-first’’ approach to retirement community living. 

It’s an extension of our philosophy of listening and talking with residents about what they really want rather than deciding for them. 

In her own inimitable style, Ms McGrath revealed how her own life had changed since her days as a leading television news reader and how successful retirement was often about gaining a sense of “purpose and connection’’.    

“To retire on our own terms is a real privilege,’’ she said. “For me, purpose and connection are the two things that are highly important in retirement. 

“It’s the sense of feeling part of a community that you can identify with, that supports you and gets you.’’ 

Ms McGrath said that during the course of her work with Reside Communities, she had come to appreciate the high importance the team placed on establishing a sense of community in all their villages. 

The sentiment was reiterated by Brookland resident Ann Fletcher who told the audience that she and husband were pleased they made the move to Brookland five years ago. 

“We love the friendliness here and the level of communication between the staff and the residents is just amazing,’’ she said. 

Ann Fletcher – chairperson of Brookland Village Residents. 

 

Discover more about Brookland     

To find out more about retirement community living, call us at Brookland on 07 3345 9143 or fill in this contact form. 

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Ever wanted to know the real secret to a happy retirement?

TV legend Kay McGrath gives her insights at a very special free event at Brookland this month, while a panel of top industry experts will help you discover how to thrive!

An award-winning journalist, Ms McGrath is also a passionate seniors advocate, sharing her views on how to care for your physical and mental wellbeing as you age.

 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Hosted by Brookland Retirement Village, the free “Thrive in your Retirement’’ information session on Tuesday, 20 April will take the mystery out of everything you need to consider before moving into a retirement village.

It will also delve into some of the bigger questions about making the most of this next exciting chapter of your life.

Not only does Kay have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with retirees, we’ve assembled some of the country’s foremost authorities in law, home care and downsizing.

Joining Ms McGrath on the panel will be Reside Communities CEO Glen Brown, Millerson Dufek Lawyers Principal Nica Millerson, Five Good Friends CEO Simon Lockyer and Declutter Designs Director Adi Unsworth.

Learn about:

  • How contracts work, including cooling-off periods and protection for residents under the Retirement Villages Act
  • The different models of home care and support available in retirement and your options
  • Top tricks for successfully downsizing in retirement, from putting together a realistic decluttering plan, collating personal possessions and setting up new spaces without any stress
  • New versus established retirement village options
  • Reside Communities’ renowned people-first approach, and how listening to what people want – instead of just guessing or deciding for them – is at the heart of everything we do

You’ll also have the opportunity to chat with residents who have already made the transition to retirement community living.

Find out firsthand their impressions of village life, the benefits of low-maintenance living and being a part of a community of like-minded people. There’s also the sense of security as well as the peace of mind offered by access to 24-hour care should you need it.

Information stalls run by local businesses offering a broad range of services will be set on the day, providing even more information as you consider taking the next steps.

 

HOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

“Thrive in your retirement’’ will be held at Brookland Retirement Village, 18 Romulus Street, on Tuesday, 20 April, from 10am-12 noon. RSVP is essential. To book, phone 0491 252 766 or click here. A complimentary morning tea will also be served.

 

To learn more about life at Brookland, visit us today.

Apartment living is becoming increasingly popular with a new generation of downsizers – and with good reason.

It’s perfect for those seeking homes where they aren’t shackled with the worry of house and yard maintenance. This means less time on mundane household chores and more time doing the things you love.

Security is another key advantage, especially with many seeking a home they can simply lock up and leave while they go travelling.

And to cap it off, it’s great to own something new.

As you get older, however, it is vital to choose wisely. Here are three questions to ask yourself.

 

What is different about an apartment designed for retirement living?

Think Tank Architects Director Mr Jullyan, who worked with Reside Communities on the design of Brookland’s stunning new range of apartments and five-star community centre, says an often overlooked factor is how well your new home will serve you as your needs change.

At Brookland, every apartment – in a choice of one, two, or three-bedroom floor plans – will be optimised for ease of living.

The differences between purpose-built retirement living and an ordinary apartment become immediately apparent when you start to delve a little deeper.

“The apartments have been designed with age-friendly layouts such as wider than normal doors and kitchens for increased manoeuvrability, step-free surfaces, and reinforced bathroom walls so additional rails can be installed at any time,” said Mr Jullyan.

“They will also include security intercom and a built-in emergency call system. And because they have been designed to Liveable Housing Australia standards, the residences are easier to access, navigate and live in.

“They are also cheaper to adapt when your needs change.”

Ramps will allow easy access to all facilities including the pool, while the community’s podium level with its array of recreational and lush, green space has also been created with ease of mobility in mind.

Because the spaces are all on a single, flat level, they are easy to get around while entertaining, socialising, or simply relaxing at home.

The apartments have also been designed with safety and security in mind, so there are lots of touches that have been built in to make life just that little bit easier too.

For instance, Brookland’s new outdoor spaces will feature a series of covered areas to make the apartments more accessible in all weather.

This even extends to undercover visitor parking.

 

Am I surrounded by like-minded people?

You are among like-minded people in a retirement community such as Brookland.

Moving into an apartment designed specifically for retirement living has many advantages over a regular apartment.

One of the chief benefits is being among like-minded people of a similar age, making it easier to strike up new friendships. You are also not likely to find yourself living next door to someone who likes to party loud and long every Friday night.

Modern retirement villages such as Brookland offer residents a strong sense of community, safety and security, and spaces to connect with family and friends.

Brookland’s new Clubhouse is where the community will come together for events and activities.

 

A stunning new five-star community centre – with everything from a cinema, café, hair salon, private dining room, library, lounge and bar to a health club with pool and gymnasium – will bring Brookland’s extensive calendar of activities to your doorstep.

“If ever there was a place designed to make independent retirement living homely, with access to new and expanded state of the art facilities, Brookland is it,’’ said Mr Jullyan.

“Brookland is known for its friendly community, active social calendar and leafy green surrounds, and we’ve helped to design a collection of new apartments that takes full advantage of those attributes.’’

Brookland also provides a rare opportunity for downsizers who have spent years living in suburbs such as Robertson, MacGregor, Mount Gravatt, Upper Mount Gravatt, Sunnybank, Sunnybank Hills and Rochedale to remain in an area they know and love.

 

How well does the retirement village suit my lifestyle?

Westfield Garden City is just minutes away from Brookland.

 

Before you inspect an apartment, regardless of whether it’s part of a retirement community or not, it’s worth making a list of all the things that matter to you.

You may wish to be near parks, walks, and swimming pools or easy access to restaurants, shops and medical services. Maybe you want to be somewhere you can meet new friends and try new hobbies.

If any or all of the above apply, the range and choice is outstanding at Brookland.

Located on Romulus Street, Robertson, residents are only minutes from supermarkets, Westfield Garden City, a wide range of dining options, Sunnybank Private and QEII Jubilee hospitals, as well as public transport, churches, tennis courts, and bowls clubs.

 

For more information about Brookland or to book an appointment, call (07) 3345 9143.

A collection of 92 architecturally designed apartments as well as a new five-star community centre are coming soon to Brookland in Robertson, with preliminary works already under way.

The new apartments will offer the choice of one, two or three-bedroom floor plans designed to maximise surrounding views and featuring the latest future-proofed inclusions for comfortable living.

The resort-style community centre will be an exceptional addition for all Brookland residents and will include everything from a cinema, café, hair salon, private dining room, lounge and bar to a health club with pool and gymnasium.

According to Think Tank Architects Director Michael Jullyan, who worked with Reside Communities on the design, indoor-outdoor living “makes perfect sense in our great climate”.

“We’ve tapped into the leafy surrounds and gardens at Brookland to create balconies that connect residents with their environment,” said Mr Jullyan.

“Another hallmark of these apartments is the way they’ve been designed to capture light and ventilation, which can contribute significantly to residents’ sense of health and wellbeing.

“We’ve been able to achieve some wonderful, light-filled and well ventilated spaces by making the floor plans and overall building shape elongated rather than square and deep.

“In keeping with the accent on subtropical living, the balconies have been recessed for all-weather use. This also helps to naturally keep the apartments cool throughout the warmer months.

“This clever approach to design is highlighted right throughout the new development at Brookland.”

The keen designer’s eye is also evident in the choice of colours. With a simple but pleasing palette, the colour scheme graduates from darker, earthy hues lower down the buildings to lighter tones up to and including the roof.

Replicating tonal values as they would appear within the natural landscape, it resonates well – particularly on a subliminal level.

Timber-look battens and natural stone have also been incorporated into the façade and entry landscape features to enhance a sense of “homeliness”.

Comprising two buildings, the development has been orientated with a perfect north-east aspect overlooking a central podium area of gardens and all-weather recreational space. The resort-style community centre meanwhile will be located on the ground floor.

“All aspects of the Brookland development have been thoroughly considered, extending right through to the careful selection of trees and their colours,” said Mr Jullyan.

For more information about Brookland or to book an appointment, call (07) 3345 9143.

From major hospitals and medical services to shopping, parks and dining options, Brookland’s enviable location in the heart of Robertson offers a well connected, vibrant lifestyle to complement all that’s going on inside the village.

Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer:

Sunnybank Plaza, featuring a Kmart and Coles and more than 130 specialty stores, makes any shopping expedition a breeze at just 1.2 kilometres away at the corner of McCullough Street and Mains Road.

With about 40 cafes and eateries and an international food court, it’s also the perfect place to while away a few hours, meet friends or simply take in the atmosphere.

To top it off, you can catch the latest movie releases at the plaza’s Hoyts cinema. With powered recliners in every seat, you can literally put your feet up and begin relaxing.

Across the road is Sunny Park shopping centre. Combined, the two centres are home to one of Brisbane’s largest ranges of authentic Asian eats. With so many options, it’s difficult to choose.

As if that wasn’t enough, the recently redeveloped nearby Market Square at Sunnybank adds to the convenience.

In the other direction, Robertson Village, at Barrett Street, is a similar distance away and is another go-to destination for some of the tastiest Asian food on Brisbane’s southside.

If it’s full day out you’re looking for, then Westfield Garden City – at 4.6 kilometres away – is only a couple of minutes’ drive from Brookland. With close to 500 speciality shops, cafes, restaurants as well as an Event Cinemas complex, it’s an excellent destination for a little retail therapy.

Sunnybank Hotel, a local favourite for Brisbane southsiders, has hosted countless family lunches and celebrations over the years.

Its Steakhouse Restaurant offers a tantalising array of dishes for meat lovers including seafood. Healthy salads and pastas are also on the menu as well as classic pub fare. You can also catch the latest sports on one of the many large screens in the Stadium Bar.

Mount Gravatt Bowls Club, just over four kilometres from Brookland, is one of Brisbane premier facilities with an eight-rink undercover green as well as an outdoor space with a retractable shade system.

You don’t have to be a member to play barefoot bowls, which is a great way to celebrate a birthday or a enjoy a catch-up with friends. It also serves meals at lunch and dinner and features a functions room popular for anniversaries and special events.

For peace of mind, Brookland is also close to a wide range of medical services, including GP clinics and two hospitals. QE II Jubilee Hospital and Sunnybank Private are both within a two-kilometre radius.

 

To discover more about life at Brookland, phone (07) 3345 9143.

Could there be a better Christmas present than this? In the lead-up to the festive season, our exclusive Early Bird Bonus can save you $10,000 on a brand new apartment at Brookland.

This offer means that brand new deluxe apartments are now selling from $385,000 – representing excellent value in one of the leafiest and most convenient pockets in all of Brisbane.

At Brookland, we are building 92 architecturally designed apartments along with a new five-star community centre.

With our compliments of the season, there has never been a better time to consider the next exciting phase of your life.

Not only is it an incredible opportunity to make an enormous saving, but residents will also be able to take full advantage of the community centre’s new array of resort-style facilities.

This includes everything from a cinema, café, hair salon, private dining room, lounge and bar to a health club with pool and gymnasium.

The apartments offer a choice of one, two or three-bedroom layouts designed to maximise surrounding views and featuring the latest future-proofed inclusions for comfortable living.

The wide range of floor plans feature open-plan living areas, luxury kitchens, ample storage, generous balconies, stone benchtops and quality appliances as standard.

The only dilemma will be deciding what to do with the savings, such as tucking a few extra goodies into this year’s Christmas stockings.

At Brookland, it’s all about choice and living life your way.

Our Retiree Home Bonus is available only until December 15 so call us now on 07 3345 9143 or fill in this contact form.

The initial works, which began this week, involves the relocation of essential services including electricity.

The exciting resort-style Clubhouse will take the lifestyle at Brookland to another level and will include everything from a cinema, café, hair salon, private dining room, lounge and bar to a health club with pool and gymnasium.

Available for all residents of Brookland, it will be the perfect place to pamper yourself, connect with other residents, enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, maintain your health and fitness, or even catch a movie with friends.

It has also been designed to make entertaining family and friends a breeze, and is part of an innovative new chapter for Brookland – with a collection of architect-designed one, two and three-bedroom apartments also on the way.

The residences have been designed to maximise surrounding views and will feature the latest future-proofed inclusions for comfortable living.

The preliminary work is anticipated to cause minimal disruption and involves a trench being dug along the footpath from the Romulus Street entrance to the corner of Palm Drive and Wattle Street.

Another trench will extend from Brookland’s herb garden towards the flag pole and memorial plaque.

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While the work will require some removal of trees, new native varieties specially selected for their shape and bird-attracting properties will be planted.

This landscaping is part of our continuing commitment to maintaining the lush and leafy surroundings our Brookland residents have come to love so much.

The main entrance to Brookland’s current community centre will remain open throughout the work, so that all residents can continue to enjoy connecting with others and staying up to date with village life.

Brookland is one of Brisbane’s most connected and convenient retirement villages and has been providing downsizers with a place to thrive for more than 35 years.

 

To discover more about life at Brookland, phone 07 3345 9143.

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Reside Communities has achieved Council approval to refresh and modernise resident facilities at Brookland and construct brand new retirement living apartments.

The new resident facilities will include delivery of a new community centre with a dining and lounge area, cafe, bar, hair and beauty salon, cinema, indoor pool, gym, cinema, outdoor terrace and group fitness lawn.

This proposal has also been supported by the Brookland community, with a very strong vote of consent provided by our residents in June 2020.

Reside Communities will begin to market the new apartments and the village’s exceptional lifestyle offer in the coming weeks, so residents may notice increased public profile about Brookland.

A date for construction commencement is not yet available, but Reside will continue to closely liaise with residents and provide updates to our local stakeholders. We will provide plenty of notice about the construction schedule once timing is confirmed.

Our commitment to our residents and neighbours is that we will work hard to reduce avoidable impacts during construction, so that all local residents can live comfortably during the building of the new facilities and apartments.

This project is part of our commitment to invest in market-leading retirement communities in well-located areas with high demand for age-appropriate accommodation. We look to welcoming more Brookland residents to our community in the years ahead.

From the Reside Communities team, thank you for your ongoing support.

 

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Village Manager Leilani with Brookland resident Ted

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, there is still cause for celebration at Brookland Retirement Village as we look forward to welcoming several new faces over the coming weeks.

Ted Wright, our newest resident, moved into the village from his family home in Runcorn in late March and couldn’t be happier with his decision.

“I’ve settled in nicely – I’m glad that I came in when I did,” Ted said.

“My daughters are very happy that I’m living the life I am at the moment.

“I can isolate, but I’ve still got people around and help if I need it.

“Everyone has been very welcoming.”

For new residents like Ted, village life at the moment might not be exactly what they had expected.

Retirement village community centres and facilities like swimming pools, gyms and libraries are subject to the same restrictions as businesses in the broader community, and social activities and events have been suspended in line with public gathering limits.

Those aged over 70, or over 60 with a pre-existing condition, have also now been directed by the government to stay in their homes where possible in a measure to limit exposure to the virus.

However, even with the broader lifestyle and social benefits of village living currently unavailable, the prospect of joining a secure community with an established support network remains a strong drawcard for prospective residents – now more than ever.

Retirement villages across Australia are also rolling out new services and initiatives to help residents feel supported and connected to the broader village community while the coronavirus situation continues.

At Brookland, this includes twice-weekly wellness calls, meal delivery, in-home trivia and activities, and even a community pantry to ensure residents have access to essential supplies.

According to Reside Communities CEO Glen Brown, village staff have seen an incredible response to these new initiatives.

“It’s been wonderful to see how residents have embraced the new initiatives we’re putting in place across our villages, and we’ve received very positive feedback,” Mr Brown said.

“Our villages offer independent living, so our residents are generally very self-sufficient, but for both the residents themselves and their family members, knowing there’s that extra support available really helps in a time like this.

“This is a challenging situation for all of us, but especially for the older people in our community who are at greater risk from this illness.

“We’re doing everything in our power to keep our residents safe and well, as well as continuing to provide the level of service and support they receive year-round.”

The Brookland team will also be working with clients to help them continue their research from their homes, and is offering extended timeframes from deposit to settlement so they can secure their preferred home and progress to settlement at their own pace.

For Ted, the process went smoothly and evidently the timing couldn’t have been better.

“I didn’t rush into it, but I came and had a look around the village, and then I sat down with Christa and Tammie, who said that I could put down a deposit to secure the villa and then take my time.

“I’ve got four daughters and they came and had a look at a few different homes I had been looking at. When we walked into this one, they just said, ‘This is the one for you Dad’.

“I put my house on the market and I had a contract within 10 days, which was just phenomenal.”

The village’s location was a key factor for Ted in choosing Brookland as his future home.

“I had known about Brookland for many years. I was in the taxi industry back when I was living in Coopers Plains, so I used to call in here and pick people up,” he said.

“It’s a top spot I think, location wise. We’re handy to the airport, the trains, the city – all of it.

“I belong to a bowls club at Mt Gravatt – I have actually got one friend from the bowls club who lives here in the village.”

Now, happily settled, Ted is looking forward to getting the full experience of life at Brookland when things go back to normal.

“I’m looking forward to the lifestyle, getting to chat to people – village life, really.”

On behalf of the Brookland community, a very warm welcome to Ted and to the other new residents who will be joining us in the coming weeks.

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Several residents at Brookland Retirement Village recently shared their experiences of village life and why they made the move to help others who are in the process of researching their retirement options.

Here, we share some of their stories:

 

Brookland-Retirement-Village---MargaretMeet Margaret, Brookland resident since 2012

Margaret moved to the village in 2012, drawn to the ambience of the village and its lush, maintained gardens. Since settling into her low-maintenance apartment in early 2012, Margaret has embraced the ease and opportunity of village life.

“Everything is in your favour in a village. Looking after a house, you have to worry about the maintenance of the yard, the maintenance of the house, the security when you go away, everything,” Margaret said.

I just love the gardens, the atmosphere and village life. I’ve made so many friends and my family are just so glad that I have a good life here.”

 

 

 

Brookland-Retirement-Village---JeanMeet Jean, Brookland resident since 2017 

Before moving to Brookland, Jean was living on her own in a unit on the North Coast, and said her family were often worried about her. When her daughter found the village on the internet, she was impressed by the peaceful atmosphere. 

“When I drove into the village for the first time with my daughter, I just thought, ‘This feels like home.'”

I feel so much at home here and I’ve gradually got to love it more and more. I’m very happy.”

“The people who live here have become close friends. You can knock on their door and have a cup of tea, or they can knock on yours.”

 

If you’re thinking about your next step, you’re more than welcome to contact our expert sales team to discuss your options or make an appointment. Call 0491 252 766 or send us a message today.