Out of the blue Freedom Aged Care has bolted to the front of the supported living sector, now owning 13 villages across VIC, NSW and QLD.
While called aged care, the villages and should operate under the retirement village and rental Acts, offering the equivalent of low care services into the residents own dwelling. They are taking ageing in place a village home to a higher level.
Freedom was established by veteran supported living executive Paul Brown. He was instrumental in the early concepts for pioneers supported living operators Tall Trees, Seasons and Fairways. He recently bought the sunrise villages in Geelong, Bendigo and Coffs Harbour plus three village from the receiver of LM (previously managed by tall trees).
Brown with Patrick Smith to establish Freedom in 2011, with one village in Tawoomba followed by another also in tawoomba. Patrick sold out his share in 2014 and has now taken similar principals to creative Henley on Broadwater high-rise supported living village.