Local Experienced Nurses & Carers
“Residents don’t live in our workplace, we work in their home”
When people first walk through the doors of Wirraminna Care (formerly Abbeyfield) they are struck by the warm, family feeling that greets them.
Our staff live and work by our motto, “Residents don’t live in our workplace, we work in their home”
Because we are a small, community-run facility, all staff members at Wirraminna Care, from every department, know each resident by name, along with their particular likes, dislikes and personality traits. We never use agency staff and we form close bonds with our residents and also their families.
Award Winning Care
- Accreditation with Merit
- Award for excellence in resident-focused care
- Nursing Excellence Award – Dept Human Services
- Two Consecutive Accreditation with Merit awards
- Continual Accreditation achieved
Services We Can Provide
- Aging in Place Residential Care
- Day Care respite
- Community meals
- Respite care
Wirraminna Care provides individually air-conditioned rooms with private en-suites.
We have 23 rooms in total of varying sizes with our largest rooms having the ability to accommodate couples.
All our rooms have an external door with access to either an outside personal garden or an open roof courtyard.
Residents don’t live in our workplace, we work in their home.
Services Included in Accommodation
- All meals – including hot breakfasts, morning and afternoon tea and wine with dinner
- 24hr care
- All laundry is done individually and on-premises
- Lifestyle Program
- Weekly Local GP visits
- Netflix available in common areas
- Happy Hour – wine and nibbles
- Bus Outings
- Church Services
Additional Optional Services
Family and Visitors
We encourage families and friends to visit as often as they wish and enjoy the many common areas available. These include sitting areas, reading nooks, tea & coffee making facilities, TV lounges, Dining room, an internal all-weather courtyard and external garden spaces and courtyards.
Day Care Respite
Day care respite is an excellent opportunity for people to spend the day with us and enjoy a lovely meal along with morning and/or afternoon activities. This is also an opportunity for partners and carers to have some time out.
We offer both full and half day care. Contact us for more information.
We offer both hot and frozen meals to community members at very affordable prices.
They are available for pick up only. These can be ordered as a regular weekly pick up or on an as needs basis.
While Wirraminna doesn’t have a dedicated Respite room, on occasion we are able to offer Respite Care. If you would like to register interest in possible future Respite Care please contact us
Step by Step Guide to Entering Residential Care at Wirraminna
1. Book a tour
If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience our wonderful facility, please contact us and make a time to have a tour. Our friendly staff will be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
2. ACAT Assessment
Before entering care at Wirraminna, residents will need to be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)
ACAT assessments are free and will determine the type of care you are eligible for.
To find an ACAT you can contact one directly via the My Aged Care website at www.myagedcare.gov.au
Alternatively, your doctor or health centre can provide a referral to the ACAT nearest you.
Starting the application process is as simple as completing a Residential Aged Care Application form. You can download one here
Once you have completed the application form, simply return it to Wirraminna Care along with your ACAT assessment and we will place your application on file. You will be contacted if we have a room become available.
If the application form is signed by a Power of Attorney, you will also need to provide a Power of Attorney authorising document.
4. Income and Assets Assessment
The income and assets assessment is used to determine if you are eligible to receive assistance with your accommodation costs from the Australian Government and if you need to pay a means-tested care fee. This is done by the Department of Human Services (DHS) or Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) and should be arranged as soon as possible as the process takes time.
It is ideal to have your Income and Assets Assessment completed prior to being offered a room at Wirraminna Care, as this will enable us to advise you of exact costs and will make the admission process a smooth one.
5. Aged Care Costs
Everyone who enters into aged care in Australia is required to pay the ‘Basic Daily Care Fee’. This is an amount set by the Government at 85% of the full pension and covers day-to-day living costs such as nursing and care, meals, laundry, heating & cooling etc. The Government subsidises a range of aged care services in Australia. Subsidies are based on resident care needs and are paid directly to aged care facilities.
If a resident’s income and assets are over a certain amount, they may be required to contribute to the cost of their care. This is called a ‘Means-tested Care Fee’ and is in addition to the ‘Basic Daily Fee’.
Wirraminna room prices range from $250,000 – $450,000. The amount a resident will need to pay for accommodation is based on their income and assets. The Department of Human Services (DHS) will advise what a resident needs to pay after their Income and Assets Assessment is complete
For more information refer to the My Aged Care website www.myagedcare.gov.au
Being tenants of the units, we find that it’s like a small community; everyone is so friendly and we all help each other out when needed. It’s very comfortable here; there are mostly retired people living in the units and it's so quiet sometimes, you would think no-one was around. We would recommend anyone to live here and enjoy the surroundings, and what better security do you need than having your neighbours watch your unit when you go away for a period of time?
We enjoy all the birdlife that are actually living on the grounds of Wirraminna. The staff and volunteers are the best there is and will help in any way they can.
A welcoming smile is the first impression once entering this positive, happy place. The friendliness and love from staff for the residents is obvious.
When I had my stroke, I was unable to stay in my own home. I didn’t want to leave Williamstown where I had lived all my married life. Wirraminna is good; everyone helps and cares for me- not only staff and volunteers but other residents as well. We are all one family.
I have been involved with Wirraminna on and off since the suggestion was first made to build a supportive family-type home for the older people of Williamstown and surrounding area. It has, over the years, changed, expanded, met challenges and always kept to its original ideal of providing a warm, hospitable and friendly atmosphere, while encouraging residents to maintain family ties and independence.