Brookland Retirement Village - New Facilities

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.

Brookland-Retirement-Village---Meet-our-residents

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.

Brookland Retirement Village - Retirement Living Expo

Brookland Retirement Village hosted a Retirement Living Expo on Tuesday 7 May to provide prospective residents with information about village life and making the move.

A range of expert guest speakers came along to present on the day.

Local real estate agent Owen Chen from Place Sunnybank spoke about the local real estate market and selling your home.

Tammy Berghofer from Minter Ellison, one of Australia’s preeminent retirement village legislation experts, gave an overview of recent legislative changes.

Home care provider Five Good Friends gave information about the benefits of home care in a retirement village.

Brookland resident Ann Fletcher also spoke about the benefits of village life and the difference moving to Brookland has made to her and her husband’s lives.

“We haven’t looked back since!” she said.

Brookland Retirement Village has been offering quality retirement living for more than 30 years.

Local businesses and allied health partners, including an exercise physiologist, podiatrist and dietician, also held information stands.

Afterwards, a Devonshire tea was served and visitors were invited to tour the village’s available homes.

The event was well-attended with more than 80 visitors coming along to enjoy the day.

If you missed out on the expo and would like to know more or book a tour of the village, get in touch! Call our friendly team on 3345 9143 or email info@brooklandvillage.com.au.

Brookland Retirement Village - World's Greatest Shave - feature

On 13 March, residents and staff at Brookland Retirement Village came together to support resident Tony Townrow as he shaved his head for the World’s Greatest Shave

The community gathered in the community centre to enjoy a sausage sizzle and support Tony’s big shave. 

There was also a photobooth and a crazy hair competition.

Tony managed to double his fundraising goal of $350, raising a total of $708.15 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“It’s a very worthwhile cause,” he said of his decision to take part in the World’s Greatest Shave.

“Blood cancers like leukaemia cause massive destruction, especially to children, and there is currently no cure.

“I knew I could donate money, but I also wanted to do something more to help raise money and awareness.”

Leukaemia Foundation CEO Bill Petch said every single person who signs up to the World’s Greatest Shave is making a difference.

Each one is integral to helping fund a future where blood cancer is no longer a death sentence.

“These people are extraordinary Australians who are helping others less fortunate than themselves.

“It shows enormous bravery, resilience and empathy to shave their heads in support of someone living with a blood cancer,” Mr Petch said.

More than 40 Brookland Retirement Village residents showed their support and had a wonderful time in the process.

Village Manager Christa McCraw said: “It was a fantastic day.

“We were all very proud to support Tony’s efforts to raise money and awareness.

“The community at Brookland is very supportive and always willing to turn out for a good cause.

It was wonderful to see the generosity and enthusiasm on display on the day – both from Tony and from his friends and neighbours at Brookland Retirement Village.”

View more photos on Brookland’s Facebook page.

 

Brookland Retirement Village - Reside acquisition

Brisbane-based retirement village operator Reside Communities has acquired Brookland Retirement Village, adding to their growing portfolio of communities.

Chief Executive Officer Glen Brown said he was pleased to welcome Brookland, its staff and its residents to the Reside Communities family.

“Brookland Retirement Village is a fantastic and unique addition to our portfolio,” he said.

“The village has extensive landscaped green space and gardens and stunning mountain views, despite being just minutes from Sunnybank Plaza and a 15-minute drive from the Brisbane CBD.

“It also offers expansive, multi-purpose community facilities including a swimming pool, gymnasium, billiards table, library, hair salon and cafe, where residents often catch up of an afternoon.

“Not to mention the range of private and secure independent living villas and apartments available, which ensure there is a home to suit everyone’s budget and tastes. 

“The Reside Communities management team have spent a lot of time at the village over the last three months and it’s clear why so many retirees from Robertson and surrounds have chosen to call Brookland home.

“We look forward to working with staff and residents to continue to further improve the quality of life for our 150+ residents.”

Reside also operates Samford Grove, a retirement village in Samford Valley, which has recently had a Development Approval granted for the construction of 120 additional villas along 12 apartments atop brand new community facilities. 

The company has several planned retirement village projects in South-East Queensland and New South Wales.

For more information about Reside Communities, visit the website.