Phil Usher’s Odyssey Lifestyle Communities pushing innovation to new heights

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Phil Usher, Founder and CEO of Odyssey Lifestyle Communities on Queensland’s Gold Coast, is one of the industry’s best-known innovators and is adamant that couples should live together as long as possible.

At Odyssey Chevron, which is being built on Chevron Island, Surfers Paradise, he is devoting one of the 19 floors on his two towers to couples, with one or both experiencing dementia.

Odyssey Chevron will be able to accommodate people living with severe dementia in a secure area on the floor, allowing the partner to remain on the same level, near to their spouse.

“I don’t believe anybody in the country is doing that,” he told SATURDAY last week.

The Innovation issue of SATURDAY also features interviews with Anglicare Sydney’s Kthryn Bondoc (Strategic Partnerships and Relationships Manager) and Rachel Dunne (Senior Tender Writer/Evaluation); Bolton Clarke’s CIO Johny Ågotnes, Feros Care CEO Karen Crouch, integratedliving CEO Catherine Daley, Meaningful Ageing Australia CEO Ilsa Hampton, NewDirection Care CEO Natasha Chadwick, Novigi Managing Partner Ash Priest, Tanunda Lutheran Home CEO Lee Martin, Warrigal CEO Mark Sewell, and Whiddon CEO Chris Mamarelis.