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CHOOSING CARE: There are many things to be taken into consideration. James Horan

Huge expansion in aged care set for the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast lifestyle, sunny skies and healthy environment are attracting retirees in record numbers.

Population projections obtained from the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services indicate that by 2026 close to 25 per cent of the half million people living here will be over 65.

And to meet the needs of this rapidly increasing elderly community aged care providers are at this moment ramping up their services and facilities by a whopping 45 per cent.

Figures released exclusively to Seniors by Sunshine Coast Council show a total of 7749 residential units and aged care places currently available with an additional 3506 either approved or awaiting approval.

Locations for the new and proposed residential/aged care facilities are:

Birtinya, Little Mountain (4 developments), Meridan Plains, Warana, Wurtulla, Bli Bli, Buderim (3), Burnside, Coolum Beach, Eumundi, Kuluin, Marcoola, Maroochydore (2), Mountain Creek, Nambour, Pacific Paradise , Peregian Springs, Twin Waters, Tewantin and Cooroy (2).

According to a council spokesman, the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital, expected to open later this year, will bring an additional 738 beds to the region.

"As the first new hospital built in Australia in over 20 years this creates a critical piece of health infrastructure for the Coast.

"It will combine with services like Council Link (a new transport service for over 60's and people with a disability) and other community based care facilities," he said.

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