Karana Community

Karana Community

Visit our residential aged care community in Kew

Nestled in the quiet, leafy streets of Kew, Baptcare Karana Community provides a comfortable environment and attentive support. We are located only minutes from Kew’s cafés, shops, local services and transport. Our residents enjoy our varied and engaging lifestyle program, as well as additional companionship from the committed group of local volunteers who are a valued part of our community.

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At Baptcare Karana Community our qualified and experienced staff provide nursing-led care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our residential aged care offers convenient on-site amenities including laundry services, hairdressing, kiosk, chapel and library with internet connection.

Set over two levels we offer a choice of tasty, healthy meals that are prepared onsite and served individually in our five dining areas, or in our residents rooms if preferred.

Our shared and recreation areas have recently been refurbished, creating fresh and charming spaces to spend time with other residents, or friends and family.

Baptcare Karana Community also includes co-located retirement living units.

We provide quality accommodation for 93 residents.

  • Bright and fresh single rooms with private ensuite.
  • Rooms feature tasteful décor and quality fittings.
  • Lockable storage in all rooms.
  • Most rooms have landscaped courtyard outlooks.

We provide personalised care that focusses on our residents’ individual needs.

Registered Nurses are on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our Registered Nurses work in teams alongside our personal care staff to cater for our residents’ broad range of changing needs. This includes people with lower care requirements, through to higher level care, and includes attentive and sensitive dementia care, and end of life (palliative) care.

We provide ageing-in-place, meaning that if a resident’s health changes they can continue to receive care within the community they know.

Our care also includes:

  • foot-care and podiatry
  • physiotherapy
  • speech therapy.

Dieticians oversee menu selections and assist with food and nutrition assessment and advice.

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Residents enjoy time with others and connect with others through our social and therapeutic activities program. We offer residents a broad range of social activities including music, art, entertainment and regular bus outings.

Baptcare Karana Community's residential aged care lifestyle program was nationally recognised with a ‘Better Practice Award’ from the Government aged care quality agency in 2012.

Pastoral care

Considering residential aged care can be a difficult and stressful time.

We provide pastoral care to residents and their families in our aged care communities. Our Chaplains offer emotional and spiritual support to people of all backgrounds and beliefs, whether they are from a religious background or not. It is highly flexible and personalised support, with a focus on calm and attentive listening and conversation.

There is no fee involved with our pastoral care services, they are part of our day-to-day commitment to nurturing the complete person in our care, and what is important to them. Find out more about our pastoral care services.

Additional care and support services

Baptcare also offer optional care and support services for people and families who choose extra assistance.

Find out more out diversional therapy and other Home Help care and support services

Your payment options


The costs of residential aged care are made up of different parts for the costs of day-to-day living, the care you receive and the accommodation you choose (including your room and shared spaces). Read more about  the costs of residential aged care

Our location


13 22 78

Baptcare Karana Community
Residential aged care
55 Walpole Street
Kew VIC 3101

Frequently asked questions

What are the visiting hours?

As part of providing a warm and homely environment to residents, visitors are welcome at any time of the day. We invite family and friends to be part of activities and mealtimes, and to enjoy time with their loved one in our gardens and shared spaces.

How do I know if residential aged care is right for my family member?

A change in health, or increasing concern about your family member’s frailty, safety or isolation at home can mean that aged care accommodation is the next step.

Carers at aged care homes can help residents with day-to-day tasks (such as cleaning, cooking, laundry); personal care (such as dressing, grooming, going to the toilet); or 24-hour nursing care (such as wound care or catheter care).

Residential aged care can also help people to stay connected with interests and with others.

Baptcare draws on over 70 years’ experience in aged care as well as the skills and commitment of our trained, understanding staff. We’re here to support families during a transition that can be challenging.

Do you have any vacancies? How do you manage waiting lists?

We invite you to contact us to discuss current or potential future accommodation and if it matches your needs.

If you are interested but there isn’t a vacancy we’ll record your details on our waiting list and keep in touch about potential vacancies.

Potential residents, families and healthcare professionals are welcome to contact us to get an update on vacancies at any time.

We consider a number of factors to manage our waiting lists. People in urgent need are the highest priority. Other factors include someone’s readiness to enter an aged care home, and if the accommodation that becomes available suits their individual care needs.

If you are offered a room and are not ready at that time you can decline the room without it affecting your position on the waiting list.

Can I bring my furniture and possessions?

Your suite is your own and you can personalise the room as much or as little as you wish.

For example you can hang pictures on the wall, use your own quilt from home, and bring in your favourite easy chair.

We do request that rooms are kept un-cluttered, with enough space for care staff to move freely about. For this reason, we don’t recommend bringing in large pieces of furniture.

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