Sambell Lodge

Sambell Lodge, opposite the beautiful Darling Gardens in Melbourne’s Clifton Hill, offers disadvantaged older people accommodation, care and quality of life in an appealing inner-city location.

A female resident of Sambell Lodge

Sambell Lodge is a friendly and comfortable aged care residence where we help residents pursue lifelong interests, take up new ones and fulfil their later-life ambitions. It is close to trains, buses and trams for easy access to all that inner Melbourne offers.

We encourage connections with the local community, ranging from singing in a local choir to volunteering with a food van that serves meals to people who are homeless. Our award-winning Celebration of Life social events bring together hundreds of residents from different aged care residences for an afternoon of socialising and entertainment.

Family and friends are welcome to take part in the activities at Sambell Lodge and, along with residents, are involved in the planning of care to ensure that their loved ones feel safe and well cared for.

Sambell Lodge has qualified staff present around the clock, and also visiting doctors and other health practitioners including physiotherapists, podiatrists, dieticians and psychologists.

We provide specialised care and tailored activities for residents with dementia.

The 43 individual bedrooms all have televisions, phone connection and wifi. Meals served in our dining room are cooked in our own kitchen, or sometimes we hold barbecues outdoors.

Our busy lifestyle program includes men’s and ladies’ groups, a music sing-along club, art and craft classes, news discussion group, film afternoons, evening concerts and an annual football tipping competition.

We have computers and iPads for residents’ use, training session in operating them, and wifi access throughout the building, all free of charge. For residents’ convenience a hairdresser visits regularly and we hold regular ‘day spa’ sessions with facials, manicures and other services.

Among the exercise options are walking and swimming groups and creative movement classes led by a dance instructor.

Outdoors, residents can relax in the landscaped courtyard, garden in the vegetable patch and enjoy regular outings to cafes, shops and other destinations in our own bus, which has wheelchair access.

Sambell Lodge also attends to spiritual care. The Brotherhood’s chaplain visits weekly, we arrange a weekly ecumenical service and monthly Catholic mass and we make arrangements for other denominations.

Who can live at Sambell Lodge?

You may be eligible if you are an older person who has received an assessment from the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS). A health professional can refer you to the Aged Care Assessment Service for an assessment. More information is available on an Australian Government website:

In addition, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Brotherhood for advice on aged care options and pathways.

Respite care

Respite care is temporary accommodation for those times when an older individual who usually lives in their own home needs extra care, or when their carer needs a break. Sambell Lodge offers respite care for periods of two weeks or more. An ACAS assessment is required.

Accommodation fees

Fees are calculated according to government guidelines.

The maximum refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) is 300,000. The maximum daily accommodation payment (DAP) is $47.34

Example of a combination payment of 50% refundable deposit and 50% daily payment:
RAD – $150,000, DAP – $23.67

Please note that these prices are maximums.

Contact us

Paul Brophy, Manager
Sambell Lodge

1 South Terrace
Clifton Hill, Victoria 3068
Phone: (03) 9489 3000
Email: pbrophy(at)

Sambell Lodge redevelopment

The Brotherhood of St Laurence plans to rebuild Sambell Lodge, our residential aged care facility on the corner of South Terrace and Gold Street, Clifton Hill, on land adjacent to the current building.
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