Meet PDT’s Aged Care and Retirement Living Team

This month we introduce our aged care and retirement living team. We go one on one to discover what they really think about working in this challenging sector and some of the things they’ve learnt along the way.


Nathan Clausen - Senior Associate


Experience
-- TriCare Aged Care and Retirement Living Facilities, Ashgrove and Stafford
-- Stockland Oceanside Retirement Living, Kawana Waters
-- Aveo Aged Care and Retirement Living Facilities, Durack and Clayfield
-- CPSM Care Aged Care Facility, Aspley
-- The Pines Aged Care, Wynnum
-- Regis Aged Care Facilities, Chelmer and Bulimba


What do you enjoy about working in aged care / retirement Living?
I really love working in these two sectors, as I have a passion for designing outdoor landscaped
spaces that need to cater for a variety of uses and age demographics. For example you need to
consider not only the residents, but also their families and friends who come to visit. I imagine
the type of place I would like to live in or visit. Also in aged care it’s different again as people with
dementia or limited mobility have different requirements so sometimes it might just be about designing
spaces that residents can look at from their rooms that might not be accessible due to limited
mobility. Trying to use the landscape planting to stimulate senses like site, sound smell and touch.


Natasha Prasek - Associate


Experience
-- Stockland Oceanside Retirement Living, Kawana Waters
-- Brassall Village Nursing Home
-- Marycrest Retirement Village
-- Wongaburra Retirement Village
-- Fassifern Retirement Village


What differentiates aged care and retirement living?
Aged care is currently for residents typically seeking higher care services, but I think this is
changing. The delineators between aged care and retirement living product are becoming more
blurred as we embrace true ‘aging in place’ models. Retirement living is now about offering
flexibility and choice in meeting the needs and desires of residents who are seeking to live as active a lifestyle as possible, with assisted living services becoming options they can chose to access if and when they need to.

 


Scott Salmon - Project Leader


Experience
-- TriCare Aged Care Facility, Stafford Heights
-- Stockland Oceanside Retirement Living, Kawana Waters
-- TriCare Independant Living Units, Stafford Heights
-- Regis Aged Care Facilities, Chelmer, Bulimba and Wynnum


The most interesting project you’ve worked on
I would have to say the new facility at Tricare Stafford. This project uses an interesting modular
approach to the accommodation layout, linked by open, high end appeal communal nodes. It has
been challenging and I have been heavily involved with the client and project from its very early days.

 

 


Laura James - Senior Interior Designer


Experience
-- Regis Aged Care Facility, Chelmer
-- Regis Design Guidelines


Why you enjoy working in aged care
For me it would be an understanding of the end user. As opposed to any other type of commercial
design there are obviously a lot of do’s and don’ts with aged care which I have found a learning
curve. The end user needs to be considered during the whole design phase or the design of the
facility won’t be functional.

 

 

 

 


Brooke Proctor - Interior Designer


Experience
-- TriCare Aged Care Facility, Stafford Heights
-- Regis Aged Care Facility, Chelmer
-- Stockland Oceanside Retirement Living, Kawana Waters
-- TriCare Multi Residential Retirement Facility, Sunnybank


Why you enjoy working in aged care
I enjoy designing spaces that provide aesthetically pleasing, safe and engaging spaces for people requiring
aged care support – Allowing them to continue to live life as they are accustom to with dignity, value and
fulfillment. It’s a rewarding field to work in, and one in which I have become emotionally connected, as I see
how the end users really benefit and rely upon the design as part of their everyday life.

PDT Architects 31st May 2017

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