The best nursing homes in Canberra

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We all grow old – it’s a part of life. But when that happens, we don’t have to give in and give up. Many elderly citizens enjoy life to fullest, engaging in regular social activities, engaging outings, and more – even after they require daily assistance from medical professionals and aged care workers.

If you are on the hunt for a fantastic, vibrant, community-minded nursing home in the Canberra region for yourself or a loved one, you have landed in the right place.

We asked Canberra’s locals to share their experience with aged-care and nursing homes in the area, and now, we are ready to share the top three picks.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

What makes an excellent nursing home?

If you are unsure what, precisely, to look for when comparing potential nursing homes, start by keeping a sharp eye out for the following:

  • Dedicated staff. The staff in a nursing home can make or break your loved one’s experience. The very best aged-care facilities are run by teams that truly adore what they do. They put the needs and wants of their residents first, ensuring they get the most out of every day.
  • Homely atmosphere. Nursing homes are so much more than a place to receive medical attention and support – they are homes. As such, the best boast a comfortable, clean, safe environment for their residents.
  • Engaging community. Even into old age, many people seek out social get-togethers, outings, hobbies, and other activities. The best nursing homes offer a range of vibrant community events, giving everyone the opportunity to kick back, relax, and enjoy themselves.
  • Specialised care. Do you or a loved one require specialist care? Perhaps they are living with dementia or require rehabilitation. Either way, it’s wise to seek out a nursing home that offers dedicated staff and facilities.

Agree with our list? Would you add anything else?

The top nursing homes in Canberra according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Now, it’s time to introduce the top nursing home in Canberra and surrounding regions according to you – Canberra’s locals.

Fred Ward Gardens

A part of the RSL LifeCare brand, Fred Ward Gardens is a stunning living community that houses 115 seniors that require different levels of care. The committed, friendly team believe in personalised support – each and every resident is treated as an individual with unique needs, wants, and limitations. Fred Ward Gardens also specialises in rehabilitative and restorative care.

Canberra Aged Care Facility

If you or your loved one live with dementia, Canberra Aged Care Facility may be the best choice. The dedicated team at Canberra Aged Care Facility specialise in dementia care. They have created a friendly, safe, and caring home environment that caters to the needs of a wide variety of elderly residents. At Canberra Aged Care Facility, individuals from all walks of life can enjoy their days to fullest while receiving the medical, social, and emotional support they need to thrive.

Goodwin Village Ainslie

The passionate team behind Goodwin Village Ainslie believe in helping their valued live-in residents foster an exceptional lifestyle. With over six decades of experience, they have developed a welcoming, safe, and vibrant aged-care environment that delivers personalised care, ample opportunity for socialisation, and a homely atmosphere.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you or a loved one had experience with a nursing home in Canberra? Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments area below.

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bev hutchinson7:21 pm 27 Oct 21

Canberra Aged Care Facility is fantastic, layback and easy to talk with. Nothing is too much trouble. High care is so well staffed and registered nurses around the clock. A very comfortable place set in beautiful gardens. Clayton is fantastic!

I can’t speak for the care centre/higher need facility at Kangara waters, however I know a few people who live in the lifestyle community part. They are very happy with the facilities etc there. The apartments are quite nice too (and obviously quite new).

There is St Nicholas Home for the Aged in Kingston. All the staff there are really nice, helpful and it is a small home so it’s very personalised care as well. The home is partly funded by the Greek community, however you do not have to be greek to live there.

Have a look at Morshead too

Jimbocool Mater is in Goodwin Ainslie and I think it is pretty top notch. The space and design is very clever and attractive. The activities manager puts on an excellent array of events and activities. The staff are generally very good – like anywhere there are a couple of surly ones – but the people who do the high care and dementia care are super.

My advice is to concentrate on the staff at the aged care centre. Do they seem happy in their job, are they interested in the patients etc. It doesn’t matter if the facility has all brand new equipment and nice surrounds, if the staff don’t give a rats about their patients, the standard of care is going to be poor.

As for Ginninderra Gardens, there is currently a ban on them accepting new patients until they get their shit together. Says it all really.

Having had to visit all three regularly in my previous life, it comes down to exactly what your looking for in a Nursing Home and what you are willing to spend – all three have pros and cons and you will need to make some decisions – I’m assuming that you have decided on these three for quality reasons and that you live North side and want a reasonably close venue to visit regularly and easily.

Kangara is the newest of the three so facilities are fresh and more up to date with modern aged care theory, but suffers from the same problems as Goodwin Village in that they are huge sprawling facilities. Both however provide a progressive care model, as your family members needs increase they are moved within the facility to higher care levels.

Calvary is a smaller facility and I believe also offers a limited progressive care plan. Kangara and Calvary are located close to Calvary Hospital for minor medical problems HOWEVER if your loved one needs emergency care for orthopaedics, major cardiac problems etc. they will need to be transported to TCH as Calvary has limited emergency care guidelines/capabilities.

My personal feeling for the three venues your asking about are as follows – Goodwin luxury level of facilities with good staff, Kangara new but sterile facility with ok staff and Calvary with a homely care setting with good caring staff. I personally prefer Calvary as I think the other are just too big but yvmv.

Hope that was helpful

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