Press Release: Townsville Aged Care residential facility to open in 18 months

10 October 2017

Leading Queensland aged care provider PresCare has announced that its new Townsville facility will be completed in 18 months, bringing hundreds of jobs to the region.

PresCare today confirmed a new partnership with Catalyst Health REIT to deliver the 140-bed residential aged care facility in Angus Smith Drive, Douglas.

The partnership with Catalyst will ensure construction will begin immediately on the $30 million project, which will employ up to 130 people during its building phase. More than 150 people will work in the facility after its completion in early 2019.

PresCare kick-started the project in 2015 with the purchase of an 8000m2 block of land that is only minutes from Townsville Hospital.

“PresCare is excited to partner with Catalyst Health REIT to deliver an aged care facility for north Queenslanders,” PresCare Chief Executive Officer, Greg Skelton said.

“This facility will play a crucial role in the community. We will have room for 140 residents including 20 beds for clients with dementia.

“PresCare has been looking after older Queenslanders for almost 90 years and we’re excited at this new facility. We know a lot of older Australians know the benefits of living in north Queensland so it’s important that these facilities can help to cater for them.”

The project will be constructed by Woollam Constructions, which has worked with PresCare for nearly two decades.

“Woollam Constructions understand PresCare’s vision and values. We know they will help ensure this facility meets the needs of the Townsville region,” Mr Skelton said.

The Townsville community will be getting the highest quality of person centered care combined with modern purpose built accommodation.  The facility will also have a rooftop café for residents, friends and family that will provide views across Townsville, and a hairdressing salon.

A ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland, PresCare provides residential and in-home community care, respite and dementia services, day therapy, pastoral care and social programs. The organisations complementary brands Contented Chef (high quality packaged food delivery service) and Walk on Wheels – a comprehensive mobility line of products will be engaged to provide on-going services and local jobs into the facility.

Catalyst Health REIT is a specialist property fund developed to specifically partner with residential aged care operators to deliver high-quality projects.

About PresCare

We have been caring for Queenslanders in their communities from Cairns to Coolangatta for almost 90 years. As a Ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland, PresCare provides holistic care to all adults in need. Services include residential and in-home community care, respite and dementia services, day therapy, pastoral care and social programs, gardening, pre-prepared meals, retirement living and affordable housing for seniors.