Ageing in place done right: Marblewood Apartments
Completed in March 2020, Churches of Christ in Queensland’s $8.2 million Marblewood Apartments development in Hillcrest, Logan City provides 32 modern units for seniors.. The apartments have been built in partnership with the Queensland Government Department of Housing and Public Works.
Marblewood Apartments form part of Churches of Christ in Queensland’s seniors integrated campus at Hillcrest. This campus ‘model’ provides a range of accommodation and care services in one location and the apartments are co-located and integrated with the existing residential aged care service and community care services on site.
Churches of Christ Housing Services General Manager Alicia Follent explains the Hillcrest development is purpose-built to meet the needs of seniors and incorporates adaptability features for people requiring additional mobility support.
“The design of the development also aims to provide an environment where residents feel safe, respected and valued. Supporting this, a community chaplain provides pastoral care and support services to ensure the wellbeing of our Hillcrest residents.
“Our Chaplains play a key role in community development and we encourage our residents to get involved and be part of activities and events that benefit their communities.
“We understand that as people age, their needs change and living in a Churches of Christ campus ensures that our residents can age-in-place, reducing the need to leave their home, neighbours, or familiar surrounds to receive the support and care they may need in the future,” she added.
Churches of Christ Housing Services also understand the importance of environment impact and sustainability in our developments. During the planning and construction phase at Hillcrest, they worked with the architect and the builders to ensure that their environmental impact was minimised. They were also very conscious of how these issues impact on the operational lifetime of the building too. Careful consideration was given to the building components, ensuring sustainability and longevity of materials while also minimising ongoing and long-term maintenance requirements.
The orientation of the development maximises natural light and ventilation and minimises summer heat gain. Solar panels on the roof will cover the costs of communal area lighting and reduce electricity use. Their new residents are enjoying the benefit of an ‘embedded network’ electricity arrangement, which supports a reduction in their household running costs.
Externally, Hillcrest offers residents generous individual spaces with bright and airy private living areas with sufficient green spaces to promote health and wellbeing. Gardens of native drought tolerant plants minimise the need for irrigation and minimise any gardening burden.
The location of the Hillcrest development is of primary importance too. Residents have very easy access to public transport. Reducing the need for car ownership and usage without impacting on their independence or their ability to access nearby facilities.
Churches of Christ Housing Services’ goal is to embed social and environmental considerations into the business in ways that create value for our clients and for the organisation. It is an approach that has worked well for them in this development and previous ones.