While called ‘aged care’, they are villages and operate under the retirement village and rental Acts, offering the equivalent of low care services into the residents' own dwelling. They are taking 'ageing in place' in a village home to a higher level.
Freedom was established by veteran supported living executive, Paul Brown (pictured) and Patrick Smith in 2011.
They started with one village in Toowoomba followed by another, also in Toowoomba. Patrick sold out his share in 2014 and has now taken similar principals to create the Henley on Broadwater, high-rise supported living village, located in Southport.
Brown was also instrumental in the early pioneer supported living operators, Tall Trees, Seasons and Fairways.
He recently bought the Sunrise villages in Geelong, Bendigo and Coffs Harbour plus three villages from the receiver of LM (previously managed by Tall Trees).