Rowes Bay community steps into the future
A 30-bed dementia wing built to best practice design will be part of a major redevelopment at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay residential aged care community in Townsville.
A Development Application for the work, which will modernise the community and enhance facilities for residents, was lodged with Townsville City Council in September.
The project will include replacement of the existing four hostel buildings with a single-storey, state-of-the-art 30-bed dementia wing.
The current residential aged care building will be expanded to accommodate 12 new rooms, including six premium suites.
Bolton Clarke General Manager Property Development James Mantis said the project would respond to the growing need to provide care and accommodation options that promote choice and freedom for people with dementia with quiet spaces, way-finding support and an indoor-outdoor environment.
“Investing in this major refurbishment will help us support residents and families in the way they want, with the very best in innovative design and services,” he said.
“The redevelopment will help us provide a modern environment where Rowes Bay residents can stay active, independent and engaged.”
The existing Rowes Bay community opened with the first retirement living residents in 1991, with the site’s first 30-bed aged care hostel opening on Remembrance Day 1994.
19 October 2021
Intergenerational storytelling increases social connections
Residents in Bolton Clarke’s aged care communities are sharing their stories in new ways through a research-based Life Stories program that is connecting residents with their memories and building bonds with their neighbours, carers and student volunteers.
11 October 2021
Marianne’s been spreading colour for 80 years
Bolton Clarke Glendale residential aged care resident Marianne Garland, has been spreading joy around the world with her colourful knitted creations for more than 80 years.
07 October 2021
Dementia innovation given a nod at Future of Ageing Awards
The world first use of digital wallpaper in Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens Memory Support Unit on Queensland’s Gold Coast has been shortlisted as a finalist in 2021 Future of Ageing Awards – Dementia Care category.
05 October 2021
Friendship that stands the test of time
Marie Brady and Olive Pugh first met in 1944, nearly 80 years ago. In the years since, they served during World War II, married their respective husbands, had children and still manage to meet up for a cup of tea every now and then!
23 September 2021
Robotic companions changing lives of dementia residents
Bolton Clarke Fernhill residents with dementia have welcomed some new family members with the arrival of 10 robotic companion pets funded under Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Local Community Support Grant.
17 September 2021
75 Years of Fun, Adventure and Love
Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens residential aged care residents Harry and Helen Christian have been soulmates for three-quarters of a century. Recently, they celebrated 75 years of marriage amongst friends and family at their home in Currumbin Waters.
10 September 2021
Fairways a family in more ways than one for Marilyn
When family and friends arrive at Bolton Clarke’s Fairways community at Bundaberg, it’s no wonder the face that greets them at the door is familiar. Over the past 20 years Marilyn has become an integral part of the Fairways family.
10 September 2021
Olive 'humbled' by Quilt of Valour presentation
Bolton Clarke Milford Grange residential aged care resident Olive Pugh has always treasured warm memories of her time in the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAF) during World War II. Now those memories have been transformed into a Quilt of Valour.
01 September 2021
Creating better outcomes for veterans with dementia
Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s Weaving Evidence into Action for Veterans with dementia (WEAVE) project – underway at Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters - has now earned international recognition, named as a finalist in the 9th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards Best Dementia Research category.
27 August 2021
Farm Day brings joy at Fernhill
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill community enjoyed a close encounter with farm animals including pigs, goats and chickens at the community’s Farm Day this week.
19 September 2021
Rowes Bay sisters heed adventure’s call
For sisters and Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay retirement village residents Margie Scorse and Lynne Clancy there’s no place like home – but that hasn’t stopped them answering the call of adventure to explore Australia in style.
16 July 2021
Residents relive trackside memories
Spending the day at the races is always full of fun, but for Bolton Clarke Farnorha aged care residents Ray Anderson and Lola Nolan, being back at the Cairns track this week brought back happy memories – as well as providing an opportunity to make new ones.
12 July 2021
Rowes Bay residents explore indigenous art and food
Residents at Rowes Bay residential aged care community have celebrated Australia’s indigenous heritage last week as part of NAIDOC Week commemorations.
05 July 2021
Rowes Bay says ‘cheers’ to 30 years
Residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village have gathered to say cheers to 30 years of Rowes Bay with a special luncheon and a market day for the whole community.
31 May 2021
Joy for Fairview residents is child’s play
For the residents of Bolton Clarke Fairview aged care community, hearing the laughter of children in the hallways is music to their ears.
23 April 2021
Father of the fleet recalls his time in Montebello, and eating breakfast with Prince Philip
Seventy years after he was given 12 months to live after being exposed to nuclear fall-out from atomic tests, Lieutenant Commander Gordon James is proud he will be walking to lay an ANZAC wreath at his Bolton Clarke, Pinjarra Hills community this week.
26 March 2021
Dot's birthday worth a century’s wait
Dorothy ‘Dot’ Burgess couldn’t wait to turn 100. In fact, she’s been waiting with such anticipation that she couldn’t believe the day had finally arrived.
12 March 2021
Aged care gardening joy grows to entrepreneurship
The residents of Bolton Clarke’s Fairways residential aged care community know well the joy of tending to a garden. Their twice-monthly Green Thumb Gardening Club has drawn a wonderful crowd of plant enthusiast - and it’s not just the garden that’s growing, but the friendships among club members.
03 March 2021
Camille harnesses art’s healing power
Camille Christensen knows all about the healing power of art. After two strokes, the Roma born 81-year-old says her painting has helped her through many tough times, including the past year.
28 February 2021
The best of both worlds for Margaret and John
For Margaret and John Hetherington, moving to Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village has given them a lifestyle with the best of both worlds.
22 February 2021
Marriage harmony: aged care couple renew their vows in Valentine’s ceremony
Clifford and Shirlie Canhan know what it takes to make a marriage last a lifetime. The happy pair said their secret – and advice to others, is about keeping the peace and harmony.
05 February 2021
Mildred’s marvellous centenary of surprises
For Mildred Goldsmith, who celebrated her 100th birthday on 16 January, life has been marvellous – and full of surprises.
16 December 2020
Santa’s Christmas Alf(ie)
When Bolton Clarke Centaur Memorial, Caloundra aged care resident Bert Kennelly dressed as “Santa Senior” at his 101st birthday celebrations this month, he didn’t know he would be accompanied by his own Christmas Alf(ie).
07 December 2020
Helen celebrates her 101st birthday with sweetheart Harry
Helen Christians’ exact birthdate is a mystery. She was born at home in Belfast, Ireland at the end of 1919 but by the time her father went down to register the birth a few days had passed, and the real date has been lost over time.
02 December 2020
Cabrini aged care residents celebrate festival of lights
Aged care residents at Bolton Clarke’s Cabrini aged care community at Westmead recently celebrated Diwali, the five-day festival of lights.
09 November 2020
The sisterhood of the time-travelling purse
When Jean Rea purchased a silver purse ahead of attending the 1982 Commonwealth Games State Reception, she had no idea the item would still be bringing her joy 38 years later. But joy it delivered when the vintage purse was used by Jean’s great-granddaughter Joanna for her high school formal earlier this year.
06 November 2020
Tough cookie celebrates centenary
One week after moving into Bolton Clarke’s brand new state-of-the-art residential aged care building at Fernhill community in Caboolture, Edna Anna Curr celebrated another significant milestone - her 100th birthday.
05 November 2020
The queen in lime green: Thelma celebrates 100 years
When seated near to Thelma Young at her 100th birthday party at Bolton Clarke’s Milford Grange aged care community, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had been seated next to the Queen herself.
14 October 2020
Puppy-power: aged care residents judge fur-tastic talent
The pup-arazzi were out in force at Bolton Clarke’s Glendale residential aged care community in Mt Louisa as residents, their families and employees came together to celebrate man’s best friend at Glendale’s first dog show.
31 December 2020
Water smart smiles for retirement village residents
Residents of Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village in Townsville have been the happy recipients of some water smart products from Townsville City Council. The roll out has been a great success, putting smiles on residents’ faces and encouraging physical activity in the gardens, proving that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.
17 September 2020
Fernhill’s nursing history lives on through tribute to the ‘angel of aged care’
When Bolton Clarke Fernhill opens in just a few weeks’ time, visitors and residents may recognise some of the names given to key areas of the new state-of-the-art residential aged care community building. Among them, the name of Matron Gwenda Shaw, who was an aged care nurse for 30 years, spending 18 of them working at Fernhill. She was often referred to as ‘Caboolture’s Florence Nightingale,’ the ‘angel of aged care.’
11 September 2020
Disney dreams come true for aged care residents
Overseas travel restrictions have been no barrier to fun for residents at Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens aged care community in Currumbin Waters, who recently enjoyed a magical trip to Disneyland from the comfort of home.
10 September 2020
Terrific trolley delivers Father’s Day fun for aged care residents
The residents at Bolton Clarke’s Fairview aged care community at Pinjarra Hills enjoyed a special cart on Father’s Day, designed to deliver a trolley full of memories for dads and their families spending the special occasion apart due to the coronavirus.
04 September 2020
Keys to the kingdom: new Fernhill opening soon
The keys to Bolton Clarke’s new Fernhill residential aged care building have been handed over in an exciting milestone marking the one-month countdown to the building’s opening in October.
28 August 2020
Double century celebrations for Townsville couple
Reaching a century is always cause for celebration but husband and wife centenarians Max and Lorna have double the reason to celebrate in coming weeks. Max turned 100 on 28 August, with Lorna’s birthday close behind on 21 September.
19 August 2020
One hundred reasons to smile at Centaur’s Seniors Week celebration
Four Sunshine Coast centenarians have been honoured today at Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial residential aged care community in Caloundra with a special morning tea to celebrate their life achievements this Seniors Week.
13 August 2020
Full circle: aged care residents and students join together for mango-nificent planting
For the residents at Fernhill aged care community, the mango tree that once stood at the front of their community garden was a joy to look at and to pick fruit from its branches. That’s why, when the opportunity arose to plant a new mango tree with students from St Columban’s College, Fernhill residents were tree-mendously excited.
13 August 2020
‘Let’s Dig In’ aged care gardening team takes State gong
Bolton Clarke’s ‘Lets Dig In’ therapeutic gardening team are celebrating their win of Leading Aged Services Australia Awards for Excellence (Queensland Team category) announced on Aged Care Employee Day, Friday 7 August.
13 August 2020
Excellence in Rowes Bay: aged care worker receives State award
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Diversional Therapist Chezz Thompson has been named best in the state, winning the Leading Aged Services Australia (QLD) Awards for Excellence for an Individual working in aged care.
30 July 2020
Jacaranda colouring competition brings students and seniors together
The jacaranda at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill community in Caboolture is not only a treasured tree for residents but will feature in a colouring in competition for local primary schools in celebration of National Tree Day, 2nd August.
16 July 2020
‘Add to cart’: Inverpine aged care residents enjoy their mini mart
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine aged care community in Murrumba Downs have been enjoying all the perks of a supermarket at their front door, thanks to an ingenious solution from Bolton Clarke Diversional Therapist Rekha Singh. The mini mart, which has been open for business since 2016, has increased in popularity and frequency while residents are socially distancing.
08 July 2020
Search is on for Fernhill’s ‘Old and Bold’ descendants
It may sound like a daytime soap opera, but the Old and the Bold radio broadcast, featuring some of the Fernhill aged care community’s first residents, was something far more unique. The 1947 live fundraising broadcast from a plane circling above Brisbane was quite a feat for the time and shows the community spirit that has been a constant throughout Fernhill’s history.
18 June 2020
All in the family at Moreton Shores
Pam Elder never envisioned that when it came time for her to retire, she would end up living in the same retirement village as her parents. But despite it seeming strange at first, Pam has called Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores retirement village in Thornlands her home for the past nine years, living alongside parents Don and Joan Campbell, who made the move three years earlier.
05 June 2020
‘Hello Nan and Pop’ activity pack keeps grandparents and grandkids connected.
At times like this, the importance of keeping in touch with family and loved ones cannot be understated – particularly for older people. With social distancing, border closures and other protective measures preventing face-to-face contact, Bolton Clarke retirement village residents have turned to technology to keep the connections alive.
05 June 2020
Water tower used for parachute practice in 1942 to be painted to honour ANZACS
The community votes are in, and the water tower out front of Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill community on King St, Caboolture - once used for Secret Intelligence Operatives to practice parachute jumping - is to be painted in honour of our ANZACS.
02 April 2020
Checking the fence “post” - Fernhill residents and students go old school to keep in touch
It’s not the way most primary school students would post an update, but students at Caboolture State School have been sharing messages with residents at the neighbouring Bolton Clarke Fernhill residential aged care community by fence post.
09 March 2020
Aged care residents just Poppin out to the Fraser Coast
Residents from Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial residential aged care community in Caloundra know that a little adventure is the spoonful of sugar for a vibrant, healthy life. Recently they took their 21st overnight holiday, this time to coastal Hervey Bay and historic Maryborough.
28 February 2020
Beryl’s birthday brings leap year longevity
As Beryl Drew will tell you, she’s much younger than you may think. In fact, this year will mark only the 24th time her birthday has rolled around since was born in Sydney on 29 February 1928. Of course, that hasn’t stopped her celebrating every year for the past 92 years. In non-leap years she celebrates on the 1st March.
24 January 2020
From sowing to stir fry – aged care residents dig in to gardening project
One of life’s great pleasures is enjoying a meal made from food you’ve grown in your own garden. It’s a pleasure keen gardeners at Bolton Clarke Inverpine residential aged care community celebrated this week after a bumper vegetable harvest from their raised community gardens.
25 January 2020
Residents enjoy Bolton Clarke’s Australia Day ‘big bash’ community cricket
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Milford Grange community at Ipswich were on a good wicket this Australia Day long weekend when the inaugural Bolton Clarke ‘big bash’ was hosted in their backyard.
06 December 2019
Centenarian Helen celebrates a life filled with love
Helen Christians was born in Ireland in December 1919 on a date that has remained a mystery - but that didn't stop celebrations for her 100th birthday at Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens.
29 November 2019
Social butterfly Thelma sparkles at 103
The secret to a long and happy life? Gratitude, according to Inverpine resident Thelma Sprott, 103.
13 November 2019
Plastic poppies pay recycled respects
Bolton Clarke Inverpine residential aged care community and retirement village has commemorated Remembrance Day with a special service including poppies handmade by residents from recycled materials.
06 November 2019
Elvis returns to resident delight
The King has returned, delighting residents with a special concert at Bolton Clarke Macquarie View aged care community in Bolton Point.
23 October 2019
’56 pitcher Jack welcomes Olympic baseball’s return
News of baseball’s return to the Olympics in time for next year’s Tokyo Games has Banora Point resident Jack Knight remembering the day he took the pitch for Australia during the 1956 Olympic demonstration game in Melbourne.
23 October 2019
Aged care residents can’t contain Carnival buzz
The sound of trumpets and big brass bands echoed over the lawn at Bolton Clarke’s Sunset Ridge, Zilzie aged care community when it hosted all the fun of the carnival.
21 October 2019
Inverpine residents dig in to fresh produce
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine residential aged care community at Murrumba Downs are getting their hands dirty planting gardens with edible produce in a new therapeutic gardening program.
18 October 2019
Encyclopedia Mary shares 100 years of memories
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Mary Schultz is far younger than her 100 years. With a memory many would envy, a quick wit and broad knowledge of local history those who know her call her the walking encyclopedia.
14 October 2019
From Big Prawn to Byron Bay – aged care residents take a holiday
For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial community at Caloundra, living in residential aged care doesn’t mean giving up on holidays. Residents set out on their second annual road trip last month, heading south to take in the sights, experiences and tastes of the Gold Coast, Ballina and Byron Bay.
04 October 2019
Bolton Clarke to partner on Shanghai projects
Bolton Clarke, one of Australia's most experienced not-for-profit aged care and senior living providers, has formalised a key joint venture agreement in China that will see the organisation partner on eight continuing care retirement communities serving one of the country’s largest population centres.
03 October 2019
Enjoy a Tea and Tour at Rowes Bay
Find out more about beachside retirement living in Townsville, join us for a friendly cuppa and meet some of our residents every Thursday from 10am-12pm. No booking required.
03 October 2019
Community feeling a joy for Rowes Bay retirees
Making the move to retirement living was a practical decision for Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay residents Leigh and Penny Douglas, but it’s the community lifestyle they have grown to love.
23 September 2019
Aged care community rallies for drought support
Residents and team members at Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest community at Hervey Bay have sent 120 slabs of bottled water to support families and aged care communities doing it tough in Stanthorpe.
30 August 2019
Furry friends keep Ekka fever alive at Inverpine
The sights, sounds and tastes of the Ekka came to Bolton Clarke Inverpine at Murrumba Downs in August when residents, relatives and Bolton Clarke team members enjoyed the annual “Royal Inverpine Show.”
30 August 2019
Rock and roll at the Fernhill show!
The Ekka may be over for another year, but all the fun of the show lives on at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill retirement village and aged care community, where residents, day therapy clients and Bolton Clarke team members have enjoyed the annual “Fernhill Community Show.”
13 August 2019
Long Tan memories still vivid for Farnorha resident Don
Bolton Clarke Farnorha resident Don ‘Jack’ Thomson, 84, was a special guest when the new movie Danger Close, about the Battle of Long Tan, opened in Cairns last week. But Don doesn’t need a movie to remember the events of that day – he was there, serving alongside Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith, played in the movie by actor Travis Fimmel.
25 July 2019
Baycrest residents receive star ‘tweetment’
Residents from Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest residential aged care community at Hervey Bay have been receiving the star ‘tweetment’ with monthly visits from some high-flying friends from Hervey Bay Animal Refuge.
24 July 2019
Bringing latest aged care design to Lake Macquarie
A state-of-the art residential aged care development will go ahead at Bolton Clarke’s Macquarie View site at Bolton Point following Lake Macquarie City Council approval this week.
10 July 2019
Welcoming our newest Centenarian Club members in Brisbane
Nine Brisbane centenarians were honoured when Bolton Clarke hosted its second annual Centenarian Club morning tea at Brisbane City Hall on Tuesday, 2 October.
10 July 2019
He’s been everywhere – Caloundra’s centenarian doctor recalls the path that led him to Australia
From a childhood in India to study in Edinburgh, Scotland and wartime service in south-east Asia and Africa, it’s taken 100 years for Bolton Clarke Centaur Memorial resident Michael Innis to make his way to Caloundra.
11 June 2019
Joy of play bridges the generation gap
An age gap of more than a century didn’t stop Bolton Clarke Fairview, Pinjarra Hills resident Kittie, 103, and 15-month old Harrison Kremmer from having lots of fun putting a puzzle together at the first meeting of the residential aged care community’s new intergenerational playgroup.
05 June 2019
Wilma the robotic cat wows Winders residents
A realistic robotic therapy cat is the latest member of Bolton Clarke’s Winders Lodge residential aged care family at Banora Point.
29 May 2019
Good wife, long life says centenarian Charles, 102
At 102, Bolton Clarke Baycrest, Hervey Bay resident Charles Roberts credits his long life to “a good woman”.
27 May 2019
Paro has seal of approval from residents with dementia
Paro the robotic seal is making a real difference to improve quality of life for residents with dementia at Bolton Clarke’s Farnorha residential aged care community.
27 May 2019
From Coast to Coast - Bolton Clarke residents take a Gold Coast holiday
Age is no barrier to having fun - that’s the message that rang out loud and clear when residents from Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial community at Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast, hit the road for a holiday to the Gold Coast this week.
14 March 2019
Bolton Clarke Unveils World First In Dementia Design
Former Australian Olympic swim coach and Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters resident Don Talbot helped launch another world first this week when he cut the ribbon on the residential aged care community’s new dementia wing.