Australia’s first aged-care community incorporating a horse and cattle farm is now open on the Gold Coast.
The $30-million Carinity Cedarbrook community at Mudgeeraba offers hotel-style accommodation with hands-on farming and animal encounters for residents.
The innovation in aged care is made possible through an arrangement with The Southport School, which uses Cedarbrook’s 31-hectare site for its Science Agriculture Department operations.
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Carinity CEO Jon Campbell said the farm at Cedarbrook will boost enthusiasm, interest, activity levels and socialisation among aged care residents.
“We believe the presence of horses and cattle, the farming greenery and interaction with students in residential aged care will protect against the decline in mental wellbeing,” he said.
“Over time we see the farm evolving to engage residents in beekeeping and honey production and other activities such as an organic community garden.”
Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said Cedarbrook is “showing the way to the future of aged care”.
“This truly outstanding residence is designed to support the best possible quality of life for everyone who makes it their home. We are increasingly active in our retirement years, and we want to maintain our independence, choice of lifestyle, and close community links. This modern building has admirable facilities, providing for residents with all levels of need,” he said.
For more information on Carinity Cedarbrook, visit: carinity.org.au/cedarbrook