“This is one of the best models of dementia care in an assisted environment that I’ve seen.” Ita Buttrose
Group Homes Australia - Irrubel Road, Caringbah exudes a warm, safe and friendly environment for 10 residents. Each resident receives personal, tailored care and lives with dignity and a sense of purpose.
The model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises the resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities.
Group Homes Australia - Irrubel Road, Caringbah looks and feels like a traditional house on a traditional street. The home is part of the broader community, with residents living together in a group home.
All this allows the community to recognise that older people have priorities beyond merely staying alive and living longer.
Group Homes Australia - Irrubel Road, Caringbah has trained staff on site 24/7, a high ratio of staff to residents – and is the very opposite of the institutionalised care model. Group Homes Australia - Irrubel Road, Caringbah offers respite, permanent stay, end of life and high care.
Staff are dementia and aged care trained and they are referred to as Homemakers. Registered Nurses are also available around the clock as well as a full allied health team who visit each home as required.
Homemakers support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities; they encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, baking, gardening – the full range of gentle tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a normal home. There are no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking up, meal times, singalongs or Bingo. Instead, this new place celebrates life.
“Thank you all for looking after mum for the past 18 months. I never thought she would adjust to moving from her home of 50 years which she loved so much. Arriving at the house to visit, and seeing her sitting in her favourite spot in the sun, with the homemakers looking after her, made me very happy.” Sue
“I have visited a number of care homes over the last 10 years and most filled me with dread as they were places I couldn’t contemplate for myself and certainly couldn’t consider for Dad… I will be forever grateful for the reference from the hospital to Group Homes. Tamar, you and the team should be very proud of what you have created. To have a “home” that is every bit as good as our own homes, and a team of people available around the clock has been a real blessing. I know that you all enabled Dad to live as full a life as he could these past sixteen months…So this is just a great big thank you from all of the family, but especially from me, for the way you looked after my Dad. I will be forever grateful.” James
“Our frail 96-year-old mother was no longer able to live at home with her Carers. She would not hear of going to the large old aged homes and we wanted her as near to us as possible. We were very fortunate to discover Group Homes in Vaucluse and managed, after much persuasion, to convince her to go. She loved it from day one and thanked us virtually every day for letting her stay there…. Having Sonia in this wonderful home brought us all piece of mind in the knowledge that we were giving her the best possible care available. We rate the Group Homes concept, the management and staff as World’s best practice in aged and end-of-life care. Our appreciation has no bounds.” Dennis
“The house is always cosy and mum's room always looks like someone has tidied it with love. I really am so impressed with the Homemakers attention to detail - sometimes I could just cry. Thank you, Tamar, for setting the bar so high and for leading in such a way that others are keen to follow.” Sally
“I couldn’t wish for a better place for my mother to be – the care is simply superb.” Gregory
“Oh what a relief, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for but didn’t know it existed. Thank you.” Mary
“During this very difficult time for my family, Group Homes emerged and we have been thankful ever since.” Justin
*please note we operate a separate model for accommodation and care and can structure a tailored arrangement for you.
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