Residential Aged Care Service
IDHS has a clear vision: to be a centre of excellence in health care. We aim high, and we have achieved aged care accreditation since 1997. That means we are recognised by the Federal Government for providing high standard facilities and services.
Our hostel was opened in 1994 and has recently been refurbished. The single rooms are centrally heated and cooled and have pleasant ensuite bathrooms. We have electric beds which can be adjusted for resident comfort, and the rooms feature built in robes.
Residents are encouraged and helped to bring small items of furniture and personal belongings such as quilts and doona covers, photos, paintings and ornaments, to help them settle in and feel at home. We are happy to help with cleaning and arranging these personal belongings. We know small things matter.
Large screen televisions are available in the nursing home and hostel in one of the lounge rooms, while other areas are reserved for quiet reading, conversation and card playing. Meals are cooked fresh on site and served in our tastefully furnished dining rooms with residents sitting with companions of their choice on tables for four.
Residents’ likes and dislikes, including cultural preferences, are considered at every meal time, and there is always a choice on the menu. In addition, we like to hold culinary theme days, with special event catering.
Morning and afternoon teas are delivered to residents and tea stations are available for those who wish to help themselves to drinks, snacks or fresh fruit. It is no idle boast that our chef produces among the best fresh scones in country Victoria!
Our lifestyle and leisure team offer a diverse and entertaining range of activities for those residents who are interested. For instance, residents are encouraged and helped to attend local community events like the Blue Eucy Festival (after the gold rush Inglewood became famous for eucalyptus oil production) and the Rheola Charity Carnival.
Computer and internet access is available for residents and there are other activities, like cooking, compiling a recipe book, knitting (join the Dancing Needles Club!), sewing or participating in the annual concert. There is a men’s club and a Men’s Shed.
Satisfaction surveys indicate our residents are very happy with the care and services, and the variety of activities provided.
IDHS is set in spacious landscaped grounds and bushland with many small courtyards and distinct gardens, including a BBQ area. Green thumb residents can potter in high rise garden beds for vegetable and flower growing, or keep their own pots of herbs and plants outside their rooms or in the courtyards.
We aim to offer a secure, comfortable, home-like environment, and a happy, harmonious atmosphere. We achieve this through working closely with residents, family and staff to provide the best possible care.
Resident’s family and friends are encouraged to visit and become involved, especially as volunteers in the lifestyle and leisure programs. Volunteers range in age and include local children, bringing delight to the residents.
We respect the rights of residents to make their own decisions, so we hold monthly meetings to ensure they can participate if they wish in decisions about care and services.
Maximum Room Rate
Under the Living Longer Living Better reforms to Residential Aged Care we are required to publish our maximum room rates. The maximum room rate that a resident can pay for a single room in each of our services is $350,000. The maximum room rate that a resident can pay for a shared room in each of our services is $330,000.
This is the maximum that a resident may pay depending on their circumstances. The actual amount that may be chargeable depends on the financial assessment by the Department of Human Services. More information can be obtained on the myaged care website.
How to Apply
We welcome enquiries and applications. To find out how to apply and to learn about costs and conditions, contact our administration support staff.
Ph: (03) 5431 7000
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