Phil Usher’s Odyssey Private Aged Care offers ‘move in’ while family home is selling, comparing the market to the GFC

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One of the pioneers of private aged care under retirement village legislation, QLD’s Phil Usher, is offering ‘move before you sell’ to customers of his new eight-storey Robina development, on the Gold Coast.

The first residents are due to move in to Stage One next month.

Clients don’t need to settle the sale of their home before moving and are instead being offered an alternate buy-in option. 

Odyssey apartments, ranging in size from 70sqm to 95sqm, are being marketed as an alternative to aged care rooms at ‘the industry standard of circa 25sqm’.

Odyssey offers ‘a resort-style environment that includes concierge services, on-site chef-prepared meals, several sky gardens and a professional 24-7 onsite care team’.

Odyssey founder and CEO Phil Usher says: “If someone has an urgent need to enter our community, it’s not appropriate that they stay at home in a potentially unsafe environment.”

“We are comfortable for people to move in before their property sells or settles, but they do need to show us they are doing all the right things and be completely transparent with their home sale process”.

“We have drawn similarities to the current state of the property market and the GFC,” he says.

“For the majority of our former Tall Trees residents, the settlements were slow, but everyone respected the process and I have no hesitations in revisiting this alternative pathway to accommodation now with Odyssey.”

Phil Usher established Tall Trees Private Aged Care 20 years ago, selling to Paul Browne’s Freedom Aged Care around 2015.