Tall Trees Group branches out with a new ‘supported living’ project in Queensland – why village managers can benefit

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Tall Trees Group – the supported living offshoot of Usher Powell Developments – is seeking approval for a $48 million, 124-unit aged care resort at Oxenford on the Gold Coast. The company already operates Tall Trees Rochedale – the first supported living community in Queensland. Group director Phil Usher says the ‘hospitality’ model differs from a traditional retirement village most notably in that it treats residents as if they were guests and offers low and high care facilities: “It’s their home for life”. Couples are also able to live together even if they have differing health requirements. Other benefits include residents not being subject to means and asset testing or an ACAT assessment. There is also a strong emphasis on affordability. Phil adds: “The big advantage is retirement village managers are able to recommend supported living as an option to residents who may need a higher level of care. It’s a growing market for us, and it frees up property in their village”.