Older People

The Brotherhood endeavours to ensure that older Australians enjoy security, comfort and choice in life. In our services we encourage older people to live the life they value, and support them to achieve this.

Two men, members of the Coolibah Centre, sit in the Coolibah garden.

Residential aged care and independent living

Our two aged care residences and three blocks of independent living units, all in inner Melbourne, enable residents to be active and independent.

SAMBELL LODGE
1300 147 147
Sambell Lodge in Clifton Hill offers disadvantaged older people accommodation, care and quality of life in an appealing inner-city location.
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SUMNER HOUSE 
1300 147 147
This comfortable residential aged-care facility in the heart of inner Melbourne offers quality care, friendship and lifestyle choices in a location close to shops, parks and public transport,
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INDEPENDENT LIVING
1300 147 147
Our secure and affordable Independent Living units allow older people on low incomes to live independently in three inner-city locations.
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Recreation and social activities

We offer recreational activity programs that help older people and their carers connect with the community, make friends and maintain wellbeing. We also provide respite care so that carers can take a break. 

COOLIBAH CENTRE
1300 147 147
This day centre encourages independence and good living for its members in a caring and home-like environment in the Melbourne suburbs of Fitzroy and Craigieburn.
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BANKSIA SERVICES CARRUM DOWNS
1300 147 147
We encourage wellbeing and social connections among older people and people with a disability. Our staff help them to pursue lifelong interests and take up new ones. 
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BANKSIA SERVICES FRANKSTON
1300 147 147
At Banksia Services Frankston people living with dementia enjoy stimulating activities in a welcoming environment.
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COMMUNITY NEXUS SERVICES
1300 147 147
We arrange a busy ‘out and about’ calendar of events and activities to help older people maintain their wellbeing, independence and social lives.
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Help to live at home

We understand that continuing to live at home helps people to maintain independence, choices and quality of life. The Brotherhood offers services to make this possible.

HOME CARE
1300 147 147
Our Home Care program offers older people and those with a disability who need help to stay at home choices in how they live their lives. Our services are customised to each individual to help them enjoy life in familiar surroundings, while also planning for future needs for care.
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GOOD FOOD MATTERS
1300 147 147
Good Food Matters is a great alternative to delivered meals. Trained staff make regular visits to cook nutritious and appetising meals in homes in southern and northern Melbourne. The program is ideal for those who need help to prepare food or want to regain confidence in the kitchen. 
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PENINSULA TRANSPORT ASSIST
1300 147 147
Those who can’t drive a car or use public transport may miss out on many basic services and lose touch with friends and family. Peninsula Transport Assist fills this gap by driving older people and those with a disability to appointments and social outings.
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» Visit our People with dementia and People with disabilities sections for programs assisting older people living with dementia and/or a disability.


We are committed, through our integrated service centres, to helping local communities dealing with poverty and disadvantage to succeed and prosper. In particular we are focused on strengthening areas on the outskirts of Melbourne and country towns where the lack of jobs and services holds back individuals, families and communities.

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Given the Chance

The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.