The Three Musketeers

Kathy Matthews (100), Evelyn Thomas (102) and Evelyne Longton (104) were reunited for lunch last Saturday at TriCare Mt Gravatt Retirement Community.

For many years, the trio would sit at the same table enjoying meals and conversations until Mrs Longton broke her hip and was moved to the adjoining Aged Care Residence.

This made their daily catch-ups impossible.

“They are great mates and have been to each other’s hundredths” said Jan Gallagher, daughter of Mrs Longton.

Photo credit – Patria Jannides, NewsCorp Quest Newspapers Southern Star (01/03/2017)

Willow Glen Retirement Community Christmas carols

On Tuesday, 6 December residents at TriCare’s Willow Glen Retirement Community were treated to a special Christmas carols performance.

Organised by village social committee, a local signing group entertained guests in the village community centre with a line-up of Christmas favourites.

“The carols ushered the spirit of Christmas into our village” said Tim Naidu, Village Manager.

Christmas carols

Willow Glen Retirement Community residents enjoying the Christmas carols

“It was a wonderful afternoon enjoyed by residents as they sang along,” said Tim.

What does it cost to live in a TriCare retirement community?

Moving into a TriCare retirement community enables you to enjoy your retirement in a new home suited to your lifestyle and at an affordable price.

When investigating options, you will notice that there are many different models and a range of variables when it comes to buying into a retirement community.

The information provided below will help you to understand what you can expect to pay when moving into a TriCare retirement community.

Your investment
Residents wishing to occupy a unit in a TriCare retirement community purchase a lease (licence at Hayville Retirement Community) and preference shares* in the TriCare company which owns that particular community.

The Public Information Document (QLD and VIC) or Disclosure Statement (NSW) contain copies of the contracts and other relevant documents, so intending residents are able to seek legal advice with regards to the terms and conditions in the documents.

Upon termination of your occupancy, the capital return to the resident is defined in the Public Information Document or Disclosure Statement.

Fees and charges
At all TriCare retirement communities the annual operational costs for providing facilities and services are resident funded.

These costs are payable on a monthly basis and are called:

  • General Service Fee(QLD)
  • Recurrent Charge (NSW)
  • Maintenance Charge (VIC)

TriCare does not make any profit on the above fees paid by the residents.

The budget is determined yearly by TriCare in consultation with residents, as necessary and any fee increases must comply with the Retirement Villages Legislation.

For flexi or serviced apartment residents, additional service fees are payable. For serviced apartments, fees include all services. Flexi apartment residents are charged on a ‘Fee for Service’ basis. Services included:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Weekly supply and launder of bed and bath linen.
  • Weekly housekeeping.

In addition, Residents are typically responsible for:

  • Personal telephone, electricity and gas accounts.
  • Contents Insurance (Public Liability insurance is also recommended).
  • All personal and health costs

Maintenance Reserve Fund (QLD only)
The purpose of this fund is to maintain capital assets of the community, ensuring they are kept in good working order and attractive presentation.

Contributions to this fund are determined on an annual basis by TriCare utilising recommendations from an independent Quantity Surveyor. The Maintenance Reserve Fund Contribution forms part of the General Service Fee

The monies are held in a separate trust account and remain dedicated to the community.

Termination and exit/departure fees
An exit/departure fee and other associated costs are payable upon the termination of your occupancy at any TriCare retirement community.

Exit/departure fees vary across each community. The fee is calculated in accordance with the terms stated in the Public Information Document or Disclosure Statement and this fee is retained by TriCare.

Upon termination you may also be responsible for costs associated with reinstatement depending on your particular contract.

Each of our retirement communities will take the time to explain the costs applicable to your choice of accommodation and provide you with the necessary documentation to assist you with your decision.

To find out more, please contact TriCare today on (07) 3360 9000 .

*Applicable at most TriCare retirement communities.

Willow Glen Retirement Community annual craft market

Residents at TriCare’s Willow Glen Retirement Community held their annual craft market this morning.

Setup in the cosy Community Centre, lovingly handmade gifts and other items were available for guests to purchase.

“This much anticipated annual event was attended by both our residents and others from surrounding retirement villages,” said Village Manager, Tim Naidu.

According to all involved, it was a wonderful morning and most were able to snap up some great gifts; just in time for Christmas.

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We love the new opportunities

TriCare Runaway Bay Retirement Community Village Manager, Andrew George said “Life in a retirement village is perfect for those who are looking forward to an easier lifestyle. Our Independent Living Units may be smaller than your family home, meaning more time for leisurely pursuits”.

This is exactly what Garrie and Pamela Vidler were after.

Their family home in Mollymook, on the South Coast of New South Wales, was becoming too much for them to maintain.

“We are not getting any younger and one day one of us is going to be alone. It’s not something you like to think about, but it was important as well for both us and our family that we made sure that when the time came we had the support and care from like-minded people,” said Garrie.

Having holidayed at the Gold Coast for the past 10 years, retired engineer Garrie Vidler and his wife Pamela opted for a sea change moving into Unit 50 at Runaway Bay Retirement Community earlier this year.

“Having inspected retirement village’s closer to home and on the Gold Coast, Runaway Bay Retirement Community stood out because of its park like surrounds, beautiful views of the canal, pristine residences and welcoming community,” said Garrie.

Both Garrie and Pamela enjoy reading on their private balcony and taking in the beautiful canal views.

“Our new home is the perfect base with local shops, eateries, beaches and attractions close by. It is also nice to know that the aged care residence is next door should we need it,” said Garrie.

“We love the new opportunities; enjoying more time for local adventures. I am even learning Croquet for the first time,” said Garrie.

Garrie and Pamela in their new home at Runaway Bay Retirement Community

Garrie and Pamela in their new home at Runaway Bay Retirement Community

Annual Spring Fair at Compton Garden Retirement Community

On Saturday 22 September, Compton Gardens Retirement Community hosted their Annual Spring Fair.

Residents and their guests were treated a variety of stalls, activities and entertainment.

Beautiful flowers and plants that our residents had tenderly potted and cared for were available for purchase at The Garden Shop.


The Garden Shop

The cake stall did a brisk trade selling out quickly and the BBQ stall, with their homemade (and delicious rissoles) was kept busy non-stop.

Various other craft and gift stalls, plus representatives from the Men’s Shed lined the walls of the village Auditorium where a free morning tea was served for Fair goers.

Gift Store at Annual Spring Fair

Gift Store at Annual Spring Fair

The village Ukele Group who have been busy practising for two up and coming Christmas recitals in Brisbane also entertained residents and their guests.


Compton Gardens Ukele Group

Compton Gardens Retirement Community Village Manager, Sandra Lassere said that “It was a lovely opportunity for our residents and their guests to come together and enjoy the wonderful community here. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year”.

I’ve never looked back!

According to resident Margaret Thorpe, the decision to move to TriCare’s James Ommaney Retirement Community had been daunting but ultimately good for her.

Ms Thorpe said she made the move after admiring the quiet, leafy streets of Mt Ommaney and listening to the encouraging words from residents returning from a shopping trip on the community bus.

“I have never looked back,” she said.

“After six months in hospital with a long difficult commute between Rockhampton and Brisbane for healthcare needs, I looked into living options in the local community”.

“I saw many villages that were too big or didn’t feel right and then I discovered James Ommaney Retirement Community nestled in the western suburbs of Brisbane. When you first drive in, it looks very pleasant and as you keep going, it just gets better”.

Leafy, peaceful surrounds at James Ommaney Retirement Community.

“It has lovely gardens, nice big rooms and plenty of space.”

Outdoor pool and spa for residents

Enjoy easy access to village facilities including an outdoor pool and spa.

Ms Thorpe said those considering moving to the retirement village would enjoy the range of activities and the freedom to join in as much or as little as they pleased.

“There is plenty to do and lots of activities to enjoy if you want to join in, or if not, that’s fine too,” she said.

“The staff are wonderful and there is no pressure. Coming to Brisbane and trying something new was good for me.”

Welcome to ‘Your Stories’

Welcome to TriCare’s blog ‘Your Stories’.

Your Stories is a collection of special moments shared at our TriCare Retirement Living Communities and Aged Care Residences.

  • Read stories from our residents as they share their experiences on retirement and residential aged care living with TriCare.
  • Hear from our staff and specialists as they provide you with practical and relevant advice on issues affecting you.
  • Stay up to date with the latest news and information across our Retirement Living Communities, Aged Care Residences and the industry.

These are stories just for you, about you or someone just like you, this is your story.