“This is one of the best models of dementia care in an assisted environment that I’ve seen.” Ita Buttrose
The Eastern Suburbs feature some of Sydney’s most well known and loved beaches including Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. In fact, the coastal walk between these two beaches is often recommended as a great way to spend the day out! One of Australia’s leading universities is located in the suburb of Kensington, which is only 11 minutes from the City of Sydney.
Group Homes Australia’s Vaucluse home is a beautifully built home on New South Head road. Resident’s living at the Vaucluse home, enjoy the close proximity to beaches and shops, going for walks on Queens beach, and getting fish and chips at Watsons Bay. According to our Homemakers, a favourite local coffee shop is The Grumpy Baker. During school holidays residents enjoy music sessions with their families in the bright and open courtyard of this home.
The Group Homes Australia model is firmly built on the belief that people should thrive in a home environment. Traditional and beautiful homes, on ordinary suburban streets around Australia, where 6 to 10 residents live together. Residents have 24-hour support including dementia care, palliative and respite care, which is provided by a team of staff that we call Homemakers.
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 is an innovative and world-leading model offering dementia care, high care, respite and palliative care in a welcoming environment that values independence and resident involvement in the daily activities of the home. Our residents live with dignity and sense of purpose in a small scale environment.
The Group Homes model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a home, instead of an institution, that emphasises the resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7, called homemakers, a high ratio of staff to residents – and is the very opposite of the institutionalised care model.
The care team 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, and social workers, 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 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, or meal times. The Group Homes Australia model celebrates life, and allows the residents to live with purpose and flourish.
Please get in touch with us to arrange a tour of one of our homes and see the difference for yourself.
“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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