The construction of a new aged care and retirement village – Blue Care Sunrise Beach – is set to commence in Noosa in late July.

Once complete, the $100 million precinct – located near Sunrise Beach and Noosa Junction – will house 260 residents.

Cathy Thomas

UnitingCare Group executive for aged care and community service Cathy Thomas said the development had been purpose-designed to support quality aged care delivery in a post-COVID world. “We’re laying the foundations for better care, greater choice and community connection,” she said.

The design of the 102-bed aged care component of the precinct incorporates public health advice to support the management of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

It also responds to royal commission recommendations by adopting a cottage model of care with eight and nine-bed households located around a central living area.

This will allow for greater access controls, sanitisation points and designated paths of travel throughout the care home.

The precinct will address the shortage of aged care beds in Noosa, allowing people to remain in the local area close to family, friends and existing medical specialists.

The precinct is located near Sunrise Beach and Noosa Junction

Meanwhile, the co-located retirement village will feature villas and apartments with access to lifestyle facilities.

“Research shows that integrated independent living and aged care homes provide the best care outcomes for residents and their families,” said Ms Thomas.

During construction, the project will create hundreds of new jobs for the local community and, once completed, will deliver 170 roles in residential aged care, hospitality, lifestyle and management.

Main image: Sunrise Beach in Noosa

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