Noticeboard: latest expansions, partnerships

Blue Care buys retirement villages in three regional cities; MercyCare buys four Belrose Care facilities; New Gold Coast home for not-for-profit; and Tunstall partners to move into Chinese market.

In this story:

  • Blue Care buys retirement villages in three regional cities
  • MercyCare buys four Belrose Care facilities
  • New Gold Coast home for not-for-profit
  • Tunstall partners to move into Chinese market

Blue Care buys retirement villages in three regional cities

Blue Care Carlyle Gardens Townsville purchase 2
Carlyle Gardens Townsville has extensive community facilities.

Blue Care has announced the purchase of the Carlyle and Argyle Gardens retirement villages in Townsville, Mackay and Bundaberg to strengthen its regional presence and integrated care service model.

The acquisition will add 1,142 units, with opportunities for further development, to the retirement portfolio of Blue Care, which is a service group of UnitingCare Queensland.

Carlyle Gardens in Townsville has 456 independent living units, extensive community facilities and a large portion of undeveloped land while the fully-developed Carlyle Gardens in Mackay has extensive community facilities and 282 units. Argyle Gardens in Bundaberg is also fully developed, with 327 units and 77 serviced apartments.

The villages have been in receivership, most recently under KordaMentha, following the collapse of Prime Trust in 2010. Settlement will occur in September 2016 to enable the villages to be taken out of receivership while the transfer of operations to Blue Care will occur a few months later.

UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross said Blue Care had a strong presence in Townsville, Mackay and Bundaberg and the acquisitions would enable the organisation to provide the best accommodation, health and wellbeing services in these regions.

Last month, Blue Care completed its acquisition of the 427-unit Fraser Shores Retirement Villages in Hervey Bay.

MercyCare buys Belrose Care facilities

West Australian not-for-profit provider MercyCare has acquired four Belrose Care residential aged care facilities at Joondalup, Kelmscott, Maddington and Rockingham.

The purchase will increase MercyCare’s resident numbers from 113 to 500.

MercyCare CEO Chris Hall said the organisation intended to invest in and refurbish the four sites to enhance and expand the existing facilities and services.

“We are already in the process of undertaking a major refurbishment of our existing facility at Wembley,” Mr Hall said. “We want to make sure that all our residents are provided with a warm and inviting home, with improved facilities and amenities.”

The transaction is due to be completed in September.

New Gold Coast home for not-for-profit

Not-for-profit Churches of Christ Care has recently opened a new hub for its Gold Coast Housing Services and Community Care operations near the Southport central business district.

The new office houses over 20 local specialist staff and will be used by a number of mobile community care staff as a base to service seniors across the Gold Coast.

Housing Services general manager Frances Paterson-Fleider said the co-location of these services in a Churches of Christ Care housing complex was a demonstration of the provider’s integrated communities’ concept.

This concept ensures high levels of care and the best use of built environments and resources by catering for a variety of the local community’s needs, he said.

Residents at the Queen Street apartment complex now have access to a range of community care services including personal care and domestic support, nursing and allied health and home maintenance and modifications.

Tunstall partners to move into Chinese market

Tunstall Revlis partnership
From left: Lyn Davies, Tunstall Australasia MD, Sylvia Yang, Revlis CEO, Arthur Liu, Revlis chairman, Martin Chang, Revlis COO

Tunstall Australasia has partnered with Revlis Biotech to provide connected care and health to clients in China.

Tunstall is currently developing Chinese versions of both its call management software and patient management system.

Tunstall Australasia managing director Lyn Davies said the partnership was an exciting opportunity for Tunstall and Revlis to revolutionise healthcare across Asia.

Revlis Biotech’s chief operating officer Martin Chang said this was the first people-centred, integrated healthcare service of its kind in China and that they aimed to reach 32,000 connected health patients and 16,000 connected care clients by 2019.

Mr Chang said they would be launching two Smart Care Monitoring Centres based in Shanghai and Qingdao with qualified nurses and the capacity to service clients across China.

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