Permanent Accommodation – Residential Aged Care
Family Values & Care
Wenonah Lodge provides accommodation, care and support for people who can no longer live at home. Our residential aged care services provides individualised care imparted with kindness, empathy and goodwill.
We treasure our residents and their families and acknowledge that our residents are people who have lived a long life, contributed to society and cared for their families.
We really get to know each of residents and their families through a triangle of care:
The Resident, The Family & Wenonah Lodge.
The secret of our residential aged care success is that Wenonah Lodge offers a home like atmosphere for when you or your loved one can no longer live at home.
Our fully Commonwealth accredited home is located in the historic NSW town of Gulgong and we offer a friendly and welcoming environment where each resident receives the personalised care that they need.
Working with you and your family we provide the ‘triangle of care’ where our professional and highly trained staff develop individual care plans. As care needs change we find that the majority of residents choose to remain in their familiar environment at Wenonah Lodge during palliative care.
We encourage and support our residents to remain in touch with their community, offering visits to schools, clubs and social outings regularly.
Family and friends are welcome to visit anytime and join in our regular activities, morning or afternoon teas.
A Place To Call Home
More than just residential aged care…this is a real place to call home.
There are 25 rooms in Wenonah Lodge, each with its own en-suite, bed, staff call system and spacious cupboards in a temperature controlled environment. One room is allocated for respite care and 24 rooms for permanent accommodation.
Rooms are grouped into cottages that are linked by hallways to each other and to communal dining and lounge rooms. All the buildings and grounds are “smoke free” so no smoking is permitted anywhere. We have a dog (called Missy), an aviary of budgerigars and a tank of fish.
An activities officer provides a wide range of interesting activities to keep residents’ minds stimulated and gentle exercises strengthen their muscle tone. With the assistance of volunteers, residents can choose to participate in news reading, craft, nail care, singing, bingo, carpet bowls, indoor golf, reading, quizzes, hoy and many more.
There are regular outings to local places of interest and occasions to shop locally or enjoy a cup of coffee with friends in the community.
Church services are held monthly, , the Library Mobile Van calls every 3 weeks and a hairdresser comes to Wenonah regularly throughout the year.
Aging In Place
Wenonah Lodge has an “ageing in place” policy that aims to have our residents stay at Wenonah as their need cares increase. This is not always possible, depending on circumstances, but we do mostly achieve this aim and often have been able to provide care through to the palliative end stage of life.
Our local medical officer visits weekly to see residents who need to see a doctor and a podiatrist visits every second month
Contact Us Now To Arrange A Tour
02 6374 2222
Residential Respite Care
Short Stays In Aged Care Homes
Our staff look after our communities most vulnerable – those who need help as they are unable to fully look after themselves.
Making the difficult decision to place a loved one in aged care is often made in a crisis situation and at Wenonah our goal is to make the transition as comfortable, caring and hassle free as possible.
The staff, residents and family form a triangle of care and support. They get to know each individual resident, assisting them in the activities of daily living, laughing with them, crying with them, sometimes comforting them when they are scared and generally being the ‘there’ for them, when their family can’t be around.
“Our residents don’t live at our workplace… we are privileged to work in their home.”
Residential Respite at Wenonah Lodge
If you need help from your carer every day, you may need to have a short stay in an aged care home. This is called ‘residential respite care’ and can be on a planned or emergency basis. You may use this type of respite service if your carer will be away to attend an event, or is unwell or unable to provide care for any other reason. Once the need has passed, you will return home.
Residential respite can be accessed for up to 63 days each financial year. This time can be extended in lots of 21 days if an assessment finds that you this extra time is required.
Access to Residential Respite Care
You will first need a free assessment with a member of an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). An ACAT will talk to you about your current situation and determine if you are eligible for residential respite care.
To arrange an assessment call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 . If you are assessed as eligible, your assessor will work with you to find suitable respite services in your area. You can also call My Aged Care or look at the aged care homes service finder.
Once you have received ACAT approval for residential respite, you can contact your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre to access residential respite services on:
- 1800 052 222 during business hours
- 1800 059 059 outside business hours.
Residential respite care through Wenonah Lodge has a basic daily fee which consists of 85% of the pension.
Contact us now for more information about residential respite care: 02 6374 2222
Each room includes:
- staff call system
- spacious cupboards
- temperature controlled environment.
We have one room allocated for respite care and 24 rooms for permanent accommodation.
Rooms are grouped into cottages that are linked by hallways to each other and to communal dining and lounge rooms.
All the buildings and grounds are “smoke free” so no smoking is permitted anywhere.
Wenonah Lodge can accommodate low care and some high care residents as we have an “ageing in place” policy that aims to have our residents stay at Wenonah as their need cares increase. And depending on individual circumstances, we have often been able to provide care through to the palliative end stage of life.