Sacred Heart Community

Our residential facilities

Kate and Eddie sitting at a table in Sacred Heart Community, holding cards in their hands, with the game in progress

Since 1994, Sacred Heart Community has been supporting people as they age within their local community. The service provides support for 73 people who require low to high care at the Mission’s two residential facilities in St Kilda.

Support differs from many aged care services, mainly because we support people from a younger age. Almost 40 per cent of residents are under 64 years of age and almost 75 per cent are under 74 on admission. More than half of our residents have been living with us for more than three years.

Many residents have histories of experiencing homelessness or disadvantage. Many have a range of complex needs, resulting from negative life experiences including the effects of poverty, exposure to trauma and social isolation. These complexities require a very different approach to service provision. Many residents have lost contact with family and friends and it is therefore essential a relationship is fostered between residents and the team of staff, to ensure the residents are supported and engaged, and find their place within their new home.

Sacred Heart Community also fosters excellent relationships with a number of medical practitioners who work in the local area, many of whom have had lengthy existing relationships with our residents. We also work closely with the Alfred Hospital, engaging allied health service workers such as podiatrists, speech pathologists, psychologists, and physiotherapists. Residents are also referred to other services in the community.

A well-planned lifestyle program aims to create opportunities for residents to feel connected to both the home community and also to the broader St Kilda community. Residents are encouraged to maintain their independence and continue activities that have been a big part of their lives such as a coffee at one of the cafes, lunch at the Mission’s Dining Hall or spending time on Acland Street. Residents are also actively involved in the life of their home and assist with tasks such as hospital visiting and decision making, via numerous forums such as the residents group.

Pricing and features

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How to apply to become a resident

To be eligible to become a resident you must have:

More information

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact:

Margaret Thorpe, Manager Clinical Care, Sacred Heart Community

T: 0438 176 693

101 Grey Street, St Kilda VIC 3182

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0125,929Meals served through our meals program over the last year
096,000Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
07,012Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate our services. We pay our respects to the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal peoples, and to Elders past, present and future.
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