Need a holiday? Want to try out a lifestyle care community? Then check out this innovative idea offered by Odyssey Lifestyle Care Communities.
We all like to get away. Even just hearing the word ‘holiday’ can inspire thoughts of reprieve. The effects of relaxation start when the holiday does, and can stay with us for weeks!
With social distancing and snap lockdowns becoming the norm, many of us are feeling the strain of not being able to holiday or enjoy social gatherings. This can be particularly isolating for our seniors. But one Gold Coast aged care community is serving up the solution!
Odyssey Lifestyle Care Communities is offering seniors a luxury getaway experience. This can remedy the increasing issue of loneliness and isolation among older Australians. It also caters to those seniors with a desire to try before they decide!
This model not only allows seniors to cure their wanderlust but enables an ideal way to ‘test the waters’ at Odyssey’s resort-style community. Rivalling hotel costs on the coast, the Odyssey staycation includes a selection of accommodation, all on-site restaurant meals, access to weekly lifestyle events, personal care (pending an assessment) and more.
Your holiday will be a delightful combination of fun, interesting outings and socialising. The weekly lifestyle events can be compared to those on a cruise ship – and they are incredibly popular!
Residents often enjoy trips to museums, art galleries, pub lunches, river cruises and much more. Odyssey’s Lifestyle Coordinator, Allison is deftly in tune with the residents’ preferences and interests. She artfully curates a lifestyle calendar to empower residents and they get a lot of enjoyment out of it each week.
From active pursuits to cultural and culinary experiences, Odyssey is proactive about helping residents to get out and attend the activities they are passionate about. Being in your senior years doesn’t curb the enjoyment of hobbies and interests. Odyssey understands it’s important to make senior loved ones feel valued and have a sense of purpose. The community has extensive recreational facilities – socialising can often be as simple as taking a stroll down the hallway.
The unique Robina community combines hotel luxury with unparalleled care, support and superior services tailored from person to person and in particular, seniors.
The staycation model is designed specifically to provide seniors with an opportunity to enjoy a getaway, and make new friends in a welcoming and safe social setting. This is while experiencing the benefits of spacious and fully serviced apartments.
Many seniors are feeling hesitant and perhaps a little intimidated to travel or holiday at the moment. But the Odyssey model caters to safe travel, while also offering a luxury getaway experience.
Ultimately, staying connected through social activity and participating within a community is essential in maintaining seniors’ wellbeing, overall health, mental outlook and happiness. Odyssey provides peace of mind that senior loved ones will be cared for as family, treated as a VIP guest and enjoy making memories and connections.
Odyssey Lifestyle Care Communities, led by prominent aged care expert Phil Usher, is also launching its second stage of development in Robina, which will see residents traversing skybridges across six new levels.
The second stage of the community will include 48 new apartments and has been developed in consultation with residents. It will feature an entire level designed specifically for seniors with memory issues.
CEO and founder, Phil Usher said it was vital that Odyssey consult with residents and continue to include and welcome their feedback. This is something the community values. Odyssey’s consumer-centric ethos is all about listening to residents, hearing what they are saying and adapting to their needs, rather than following a less inclusive model. The Odyssey model has set an excellent precedent in the industry by demonstrating the power of putting people first.
Apartments in the new stage will include a powder room as well as a deluxe bathroom. The feedback from Odyssey’s residents made this design feature development possible.
Set within lush gardens, Odyssey’s Staycation apartments feature access to restaurant dining, sky gardens, library, piano lounge and more. Guests will also have access to 24/7 onsite nursing services and state-of-the-art artificial intelligence monitoring, to ensure safety and wellbeing.
Odyssey includes a full-service hospitality offering, breakfast, high-tea, three-course lunch and dinner, tea, coffee and drinks, nursing, personal care services and more.
In a Gold Coast first, Odyssey offers a pet-friendly and family-friendly community that welcomes overnight stays for friends and family. This all takes place in a luxury resort environment where couples stay together, and grandkids can have sleepovers.
Odyssey is a three-tower luxury aged care community, located at the high-profile site on the corner of Christine Avenue and The Crestway at Robina. It has set a new benchmark for the sector with an extensive offering of five-star accommodation, care services and amenities for residents. ■
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When it comes to over-50s lifestyle communities, Halcyon Greens is smashing it. The development can’t stop winning awards. It has been attracting buyers from all over the country who are flocking to the Gold Coast in unprecedented numbers. With the Pimpama community’s final stage now selling, Silver Magazine took a spin around the development to see all of the good stuff before it sells out.
Several years ago, Halcyon founders Dr Bevan Geissmann and Paul Melville took a trip to Florida, the epicentre of over50s lifestyle resorts. Returning to Australia with the latest thinking on the good life, the vision for Halcyon Greens was born. “Our vision for Halcyon Greens was to create modern, country club living, the size and scale of which has never been seen in over-50s living in Australia,” Dr Geissmann said.
Masterplanned by Sanctuary Cove architect Brian Toyota, the northern Gold Coast community is located on an 84-acre island. It is surrounded by a nature reserve, and stunning native wetlands. Also, it is nestled next to the ultramodern community of Gainsborough Greens. Residents have private access to the club’s 18-hole Championship golf course and clubhouse.
Many homeowners enjoy free golf as a benefit of living at Halcyon Greens. They are incredibly active in organised competitions… but are also partial to a social game with friends. Outside of golf, there are plenty of activities, with groups and events being organised to keep homeowners busy and connected.
$20 MILLION LIFESTYLE AND RECREATIONAL PRECINCT
Running through the community and located across six acres is the $20 million lifestyle and recreational precinct. This is the largest, purpose-built facility of its kind in Queensland. It rivals many of Queensland’s five-star tourism resorts. Homeowners have access to 22 different functional spaces, it caters to more than 40 individual sporting, leisure and recreational groups. Homeowners can enjoy both casual and formal events, in different spaces, which are connected by enclosed walkways.
The Lodge is the more formal of the leisure facilities. It features a luxe seated area with stone fireplace, commercial kitchen and bar, private dining room, a 40-seat Gold Class cinema, library and sala.
Surrounding The Lodge is an outdoor seating area which looks out over the resort pool. It has sun lounges, a beach entry and disability rail for ease of entry. Plus there’s a sunken firepit, which is perfect for afternoon meets.
On the other side of the resort pool is the Recreation Club. It has a commercial kitchen and bar, parquet dancefloor, function space, 25-metre heated mineral pool, spa, gym, hair salon, beauty treatment spaces and bocce court.
The Pavilion opens to eight pickleball courts, tennis court and a championship-size bowling green, all floodlit so homeowners can play well into the evening. It also offers BBQ facilities, kitchenette, function space and a billiards area.
LET’S GET THE PARTY STARTED
Halcyon communities are designed to provide homeowners with the ability to do as much or as little as they like. The homes are built to allow ageing in place and the facilities offer a platform for homeowners to form vibrant sporting and leisure groups. The social club at Halcyon Greens, known as the ‘fun club’ is incredibly active. It organises many events and activities ranging from live concerts, themed dinners, fashion parades, mystery bus trips, excursions and trivia competitions.
A team of busy volunteers work hard to organise the many events. Group president Ann Ryan said the best thing about being involved with the social group is having the opportunity to meet more people in the community. “It brings homeowners together from the single homeowners to the couples who socialise and connect with the rest of the community. It’s great watching people who haven’t danced in a long time hit the dance floor. It’s also great seeing the people who have just joined our community talking to new friends, and happy.”
The community has recently had trips to Maleny, the theatre in Brisbane and one of Gold Coast’s most fun cover bands, Koi Boys, played live at the Recreation Club. “We are spoiled for choice as you need to prioritise what you want to go to each week as there are so many things on offer,” said Ann.
Halcyon is no stranger to industry recognition being the most awarded creators and operators of over-50s lifestyle communities, with almost 30 national and state awards.
Halcyon Greens is no exception with the Pimpama community winning the prestigious Urban Development Industry Australia (UDIA) Queensland’s 2020 awards for Best Seniors Living and Best Master Planned Community.
The community was shortlisted in the national awards. This made it the first developer of over-50s communities to be a finalist in the Seniors Living and Master Planned categories.
The UDIA recognition was off the back of the community’s $20 million Recreation and Lifestyle Precinct winning the Master Builder’s award for Best Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million, beating many hotels and tourist resorts on the Gold Coast.
More so, Halcyon Greens is also a final in this year’s national Urban Developer Awards, which are yet to be announced.
Halcyon Greens has been designed and built to take advantage of green technology. This lowers the carbon footprint of the community and offers homeowners more certainty over energy costs. The community has six-leaf UDIA EnviroDevelopment certification for its sustainability initiatives across ecosystems, landscaping, waste and recycling, energy, materials and water.
In addition to this, Halcyon homes are built using materials such as steel frames, Hebel panels, insulation and 3.5kW solar panels and solar hot water as standard, with many homeowners choosing to upgrade to 5.0kW. Many homes have Tesla batteries which drive down energy costs even further, with one homeowner revealing they were averaging around 1.0kWh per day compared to their previous home (also solar powered) of around 11kWh per day. “The cost comparison isn’t simple because we had solar in our previous home with a very good feed-in rate. However our average daily cost in our previous home was $1.00 per day compared to a credit of $2.70 per day at Halcyon Greens,” the homeowner said.
THIS IS THE LIFE
The lush island oasis has allowed the community developers of Halcyon Greens to dream big and create an exceptional lifestyle community. The team at Silver have visited and can vouch that the development is everything that the builders have promised. We highly recommend doing the tour. The final stage of the Pimpama community is now selling and with the Gold Coast real estate market set to get hotter over the coming years, the time to inspect Halcyon Greens in now. Enjoy!