Experience award-winning residential care with Whiddon.
Our aged care homes offer exceptional care and well-being support, hotel services, a range of accommodation options, dementia care, award-winning social programs, dedicated carers and relationship based care.
Care that feels just like home
24 hour support with qualified, caring and experienced staff
Experience relationship based care with dedicated carers
Enjoy our award-winning food and dining
Residential Care features and specialist services
Our residential aged care homes provide a range of health and well being support, lifestyle options and social programs. Our services vary slightly between locations and may include:
24 hour care and support services with qualified and caring staff
Dedicated carers and relationship based care
A range of furnished accommodation options, including single rooms with ensuite bathrooms and couples’ rooms.
Respite care options
GP and specialist services (physiotherapy, osteotherapy, speech therapy, podiatry)
Specialist dementia care (available in many of our homes)
Award winning hotel services – food & dining, cleaning and laundry
Delicious home-cooked, seasonal meals with a range of menu choices
Onsite beauty salons or visiting hairdressers
Regular social outings, including day trips on our private buses.
Why Choose Whiddon Residential Care?
There’s a lot to love at Whiddon. Explore the range of complimentary services and programs that we provide at Whiddon:
Complimentary Premium Foxtel in every room
Personal in-room televisions in many of our homes
Access to our award-winning well being programs – HenPower, VintageBites cooking program, and Art and Music programs
Visiting entertainers and musicians
Special events and celebrations with residents, families, staff and the community
Exercise programs, Tai Chi and walking groups
Memory support programs, including our exclusive Chat, Stories & Tea (Cognitive Stimulation Therapy) program
Fantastic community programs and inter-generational programs with schools and kindergartens
Moving into a residential care home is a big decision and it is important to understand the costs and fees associated with care so that you and your family can choose the home, accommodation type and payment option that best meets your needs. The fees that your pay cover the cost of the care you receive and your accommodation in an aged care home.
While aged care fees are subsidised by the Australian Government, you may be asked to contribute to the cost of your care and accommodation if you can afford to do so.
We strongly recommend that you seek independent financial advice to help you choose the right option for you.
Understanding the Fees & Charges set by the Government
Basic daily fee
This fee contributes to the costs of your day-to-day living cexpenses.
Helps to cover the costs of meals, cleaning, laundry, electricity.
The Basic daily fee is calculated by the Australian Government at 85% of the pension.
This fee increases biannually.
Means tested care fee
In addition to the resident fees and charges, the Australian Government subsidises the cost of care for individuals based on their care needs. If you have the means to support the cost of your care, you will be required to contribute.
Whiddon does not retain this fee – it is paid directly to the Australian Government.
This fee is determined by the Centrelink Income and Assets Assessment.
The fee cannot be higher than the resident’s cost of care.
The Means Tested Care Fee is assessed quarterly and can change.
There are annual and life-time caps associated with this fee.
Contributes to your accommodation at an aged care home.
Individuals who are assessed as having the means to pay are required by the Australian Government to contribute to the cost of the advertised room price.
Individuals who are assessed as low means will be supported by the Australian Government.
There are different ways to pay for your accommodation costs based on your personal financial situation, Centrelink’s assessment of your income and assets and the advice provided by an independent financial planner.
Each of Whiddon’s homes have different accommodation costs and these may also vary between room types.
Understanding Centrelink’s Income & Assets Assessment
The Income and Assets Assessment is a Government assessment to determine your ability to contribute to your accommodation and care costs.
This Assessment can be completed prior to admission – valid for 120 days.
The Assessment is not mandatory, however the maximum fee charges will be applicable for those who do not have a valid Assessment, or until the Assessment is completed.
If a resident is assessed as having the means to pay their own accommodation costs, no reassessment can be requested at a later date.
If a resident is assessed as Low Means, they will retain this supported status for the duration of their admission in residential aged care.
Assisted transport services
Through Whiddon’s Community Care services we are able to offer residents access to Personal Transport Services. These services ensure that your family member is able to access the community, external health appointments or special occasions when they may otherwise be unable to attend.
To find out more or to book your transport, please speak to the Administration Team at your care home or contact Whiddon on 1300 378 388.
Whiddon offers a range of Additional Services to support and enhance our residents’ lifestyle, well-being and experience.
Our Additional Services are offered at select locations and complement our exceptional care, award-winning hotel services and standard care services that are provided under the Aged Care Act.
Please contact us to find out more about the Additional Services available at each home.