Palm Lake Care shuts down Redland Bay home for apartments

Palm Lake Care is shutting down its Redland Bay aged care home in Brisbane, with plans to demolish it and build residential apartments on the site.

The family-owned provider made the decision to close the home in March, when there were 26 residents living there – five on retirement village contracts and 21 on residential tenancy agreements. The tenants were given notice on 30 April that their leases would not be renewed, with departure by September 30.

According to CEO Daniel Aitchison, residents were free to leave at any time beforehand without penalty or normal end-of-lease processes; were provided with free items from their units such as jugs and microwaves; and will not face deferred management fees or exit fees.

“Palm Lake Care has offered support to find alternative accommodation for those residents requiring assistance, including into other Palm Lake facilities.

“Currently there are only two residents and three tenants remaining on the site, with an expected departure by the end of September for these remaining residents,” he said.

Palm Lake is looking to build six townhouses and 77 apartments on the site with a total of 239 beds; amenities will include pool, BBQ and dining areas.

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A special thanks to our contributors

Jill Donaldson


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.

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.

Annie Donaldson

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.