Retirement village is future-proofing to stay one step ahead of govt

first_imgHalcyon Glades at Caboolture.Halcyon joint managing director Bevan Geissmann said LHD would enhance the quality of life for many Baby Boomers as they aged. “The homes are designed to be easy to enter and to move around in, capable of cost-effective adaptation and to be responsive to the changing needs of their residents,” Dr Geissmann said. Homes at Halcyon Glades are priced from $389,000 with the sales centre at 34 Ardrossan Road, Caboolture. Halcyon Glades at Caboolture.The LHD initiative not only has the social benefit of enabling the elderly to stay longer in their own homes, there is also an economic benefit, with built-in adaptability estimated at being 22 times more efficient than retro-fitting down the track.LHD has three levels of performance — Silver, Gold and Platinum — that new homes can achieve, with the starting level, silver including eight core-design features such as including at least one step-free and level entry, a bathroom with a hobless shower recess and a continuous handrail on one side of any stairway where there is a rise of more than one metre. Halcyon is future-proofing its homes, ensuring they are ready for the Federal Government’s Livable Housing Design initiative, expected to come into affect in 2020.FUTURE-proofing is not just a new trend in retirement living. By 2020, it may be mandatory for new homes. Halcyon Glades at Caboolture is leading the way and getting a step ahead, giving its residents the chance to future-proof their homes well ahead of the Livable Housing Design initiative targeted by the Federal Government to be mandatory by 2020.Buyers in Halcyon’s lifestyle communities are given the option of incorporating design features that will meet their changing needs as they age. Halcyon Glades at Caboolture.Wayne and Marion Clarke selected a Platinum-level home when they purchased at Halcyon Glades earlier this year. “We’re not ready to retire, but we are conscious of ongoing and forthcoming health issues and thought that we should make some important decisions while we still have control,” Mr Clarke said.“My mother-in-law, who lived in an over 50s community, was making her way to the community centre when she tripped and fell over the runner of the flyscreen in the door — she was sadly unable to recover from the fall.“After experiencing this first-hand, we knew we had to make smart decisions to future-proof our home.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago Halcyon Glades at Caboolture.Downsizing from a four-bedroom home at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast, the Clarkes are excepting to move into their new home by August.“After we saw all the plans in detail we knew it was the best option to suit all our current and future needs,” Mr Clarke said.“Our home will meet Federal Government standards and more importantly, it will meet our needs.“The internal doors will slide into a wall cavity, there will be no lip to trip over in the shower, and a seamless entry and other features that will enable our home to be more easily and cost effectively adaptable to meet our changing needs.”last_img

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