CPSM Care gears up to open new, more pandemic-resistant Brisbane home

CPSM Care is preparing to open its fifth aged care home in Brisbane, which incorporates learnings from COVID-19.

The new $44 million, 141-bed home at Camp Hill has done away completely with hotel-style centralised air conditioning and temperature control, which business manager Shane Winterton told the Courier-Mail would not have happened without the pandemic.

“All the rooms are now independently air-conditioned, which added some cost to the project overall, but protects from hotel-style cross contamination we saw during the pandemic in closed environments.

“It’s back to the good old Queenslander days, louvres in every hallway and lounge room, ceiling fans in all common areas, this building has been carefully redesigned to breath and every consideration for pandemic has been made,” he said.

Additionally, each room has its own private balcony, meaning every resident has access to the outside.

“This is a game changer, there’s no better or lesser accommodation in this building, everyone has access to get outside either in private or within shared community spaces,” said Shane.

 

An open day will be held on 30 July, with the facility slated to open on 15 August.

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Caroline Egan

DCM Media, agedcare101

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the Villages.com.au and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

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Ian Horswill

Journalist

Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, villages.com.au and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

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Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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Jill Donaldson

Physiotherapist

Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

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Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

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Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.