Ageing in Place pilot project
Seniors in Cloncurry, Ravenshoe and Barcaldine will be the first in regional communities to benefit from the Queensland Government’s innovative Ageing in Place initiative.
The project is about caring for people as they enter their senior years by providing suitable housing options to enable them to stay in their towns and close to family and friends.
With the support of regional councils, the $2.4 million pilot project will deliver three, two-bedroom homes for seniors in each town as part of the state’s vision to create safe, caring and connected communities.
The low-set homes will feature wide hallways and doorways to accommodate wheelchairs, kitchen benches set at different heights, personal safety switches for emergency care and reinforced bathrooms with handrails.
New technology, such as solar panels and storage batteries, will also be included to make the homes more energy and water efficient. Construction is expected to commence in late 2016, with the homes scheduled for completion by mid–2017.