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Bellarine Court Good news for Aged Care in Geelong When it comes to aged care, there is a very practical alternative which is often overlooked. Writes Andrew Dalley An important part of the Aged care sector is Supported Residential Services (S.R.S.) Bellarine Court is privately owned and operated. Without any financial assistance from the Government. S.R.S’s must be registered by the Victorian State Government, and operate under the watchful eye of the Department of Health. The level of care provided by S.R.S’s varies, but generally, they are low care facilities. So even if you have been assessed by ACAT/ACAS as qualifying for low care / hostel accommodation, Bellarine Court may be suitable for your needs. It is staffed by appropriately accredited and trained Personal Carers, as well as kitchen and administrative staff.

their own private en-suite facilities and look out on to the gardens. Bellarine Court has a fully equipped commercial grade kitchen that is used to produce a varied menu, and the kitchen staff are happy to cater for individual dietary requirements for residents.

• The facility also provides short term or casual respite stay in care for a modest daily rate and without up front deposits. Bellarine Court as a “Supported Residential Services” is an alternative to the more widely known aged care model that requires enormous up front costs. Without the need of an assessment from a government body to determine eligibility, or an assets test, the need to sell or mortgage the family home is removed. Bellarine Court is an attractive option for many.

At Bellarine Court you get the feeling, the folk that live and work there enjoy a happy and peaceful environment. There is a main lounge I dining area, where the residents come together to engage in different activities and to share their meals. There is a second area, that can be used for entertaining family on those special occasions to perhaps share a meal As modern life becomes busier and the demands or just watch a bit of television. There is a library that that are placed on families and carers increase, the everyone has access to, and a hairdressing salon. need for good aged care will become all the more Bellarine Court is conveniently located on Townsend evident. Do you feel it is appropriate time to be Rd, St Albans Park. It is a 30 bed, purpose built What advantage does Bellarine Court have over better informed about the choices available to you facility. The Centre management at Bellarine Court other kind of assisted living arrangements? regarding this important matter? warmly receive those interested in the services on offer and are ready to provide a guided tour, and are • There are no big up-front fees to pay only the value Then why not make some time to visit the team at happy to answer your questions if you are considering of one month’s accommodation cost as a bond. This Bellarine Court or call for an appointment to discuss your needs. accommodation options for yourself or loved ones. fee is a refundable deposit. Bellarine Court has a number of newly renovated • The monthly fee includes accommodation, meals, suites, which have been tastefully decorated. All have laundry, housekeeping and 24 hour on call care.

Aged care that won’t cost the family home! No big up-front fees

Permanent

Pay by the month. Included is your accommodation, personal laundry, all meals and 24 hour on call care.

Becoming a part of our community, making new friends, and taking advantage of the many extra services we provide to help make you feel at home.

No assets/A.C.A.T. test

Flexible

You will not need to meet any Government criteria to take advantage of the service we offer.

If your circumstances change you do not have your life savings tied up.

Temporary

Respite

For a short stay with peace of mind while families are on holidays, or just a trial to see how you might fit into our community on a permanent basis. A day, a week or as long as you like.

Convalescing from recent surgery or rehabilitation, to help get back your strength and confidence before returning home.

Some commonly asked questions... Q: What level of care do you cater for? A: We cater to individuals who require a low level of care

SPECIAL OFFER! $500 discount on first month fee*

Feel free to call to arrange a time to come and visit us.

Q: Can I reside permanently at Bellarine Court? A: Yes you can, for as long as you require a low level of care. Q: Do I need an assessment from A.C.A.T./A.C.A.S? A. No, however if you have been assessed low care/hostel, you may find the service offered at Bellarine Court suitable to your needs.

A SUPPORTED RESIDENTIAL SERVICE

*Effective April/May

Contact us:

5248 6666

Fax: 5248 6541 www.bellarinecourt.com.au

6 Townsend Road, St Albans Park 484013-TB19-10

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The Independent, Friday May 14, 2010.

Geelong Independent 14/05/2010 | Star News Group Local News, Sport, Entertainment  
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