Strathalan Community

Quality care in a welcoming community

In 1945, the original homestead at Baptcare Strathalan Community was built to provide aged care services to Macleod and its surrounds. This marked the beginning of our not-for-profit organisation, which was borne out of a desire to care for people and local communities – a tradition that we’re proud to say still continues.

Leafy surrounds set the scene for the warm and inviting Strathalan Community, which was recently redeveloped in 2016 to the highest of standards while still maintaining its rich sense of history. Residents enjoy bright and sunny, modern rooms complemented by attractive, flowing communal spaces such as the spacious lounge areas, landscaped courtyards and a beautiful winter garden that can be enjoyed in all weather conditions. With our caring and experienced nurse-led team, we can accommodate all levels of care requirements.

Talk to us today about how we can support your loved one whether you are considering respite or permanent care.

Life at Baptcare Strathalan Community residential aged care

Where everyone belongs

Our proud history, one dating back to 1945, is deeply rooted in community. Thoughtfully designed communal spaces and a diverse activities program (e.g. weekly exercises, music therapy, knitting circle, movies, bus outings and walking group) ensure that residents feel part of a supportive and inclusive environment. A secured walking path showcases our beautiful courtyard, while the co-located café is available to enjoy by all residents and visitors.

Attention to detail

Strathalan was fully redeveloped in 2016, with a focus on creating contemporary, comfortable living spaces while respectfully preserving the site’s historical character. Rooms and communal areas are spacious and filled with an abundance of natural light. Landscaped courtyards are directly connected to the main building, providing easy access for residents. Intimate dining rooms feature plush carpeting to minimise noise and the risk of slipping, while lounge rooms are fitted with stylish gas heater fireplaces to provide a cosy area during winter. For a quieter change of scenery, there are also more private seating areas located throughout the site. Our sheltered winter garden provides a stunning retreat that is available year-round, no matter what the weather. Coffee lovers can take comfort in knowing that a decent cappuccino is never far away – two coffee bars are available for resident use.

State of the art

Following the redevelopment, Strathalan now features the latest in aged care living. Concealed ceiling hoists and Hi-Lo beds with warm timber accents make it easier for residents with mobility issues to move in and out of bed – all without detracting from the overall appearance of the room. Ensuites are also fitted with a nurse call button for peace of mind. And because we know the importance of staying connected, every room has its own smart TV (WiFi and Foxtel available on request).

A place where you can feel at home

Our modern, recently redeveloped three-storey building features 124 private rooms and we cater for all levels of care requirements (low to high). The layout of our facility encourages residents’ use of communal areas to enjoy meals and socialise with others. Floors are divided into two wings by a nurse station – each wing has its own dedicated dining and lounge areas so that residents (particularly those who are less mobile) do not have to travel far. A bathroom is also conveniently situated near each dining room.

As well as standard cleaning services, we have on-site laundry and catering services. Residents can also enjoy use of our on-site hairdressing salon (appointments made directly with the hairdresser), mobile kiosk and chapel.

Room types

Each Strathalan suite is private – so when you’re ready for a break from the hustle and bustle of life, you can retreat to your own space. And to make sure that our home is your home, we invite you to style your room as you please. Three different room types are available – see pricing snapshot for full details.

Strathalan rooms are bright and spacious, featuring:

  • A private ensuite bathroom with nurse call button
  • High-quality furniture and fittings
  • A flat-screen smart TV
  • A concealed ceiling hoist
  • Comfortable Hi-Lo beds
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning and hydronic heating
  • Built-in wardrobes with lockable storage
  • Picture rails and built-in display shelving
  • Neutral palettes and tasteful décor
  • Pleasant garden, mountain or street views.

Pet accommodation

While pets cannot stay with residents, they are very welcome to visit with family or friends. Residents also become quickly acquainted with our friendly pet parrot.

Care tailored to your specific needs

Strathalan is a residential aged care community that excels in providing support to those requiring a higher level of care. With registered nurses on-site at all times, Strathalan is accredited to provide all levels of residential aged care including permanent, respite and palliative care. Each resident will have a personalised care plan, which will be developed together with the resident and their family.

Nursing care

Our qualified and experienced staff provide exceptional care and support. All our staff are carefully selected and trained to ensure that our residents receive the best possible care.

Medical care

Beyond 24/7 nursing care, other health services available on-site at Strathalan include:

  • Foot care and podiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Diversional therapy
  • GP home visits.

The Director of Nursing attends to all acute clinical care issues, ensuring prompt consultation with the appropriate healthcare professional and community health services, if required.

Nutritional care

You will be offered a varied choice of tasty, healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All food is prepared fresh every day by chefs on-site. Meal options come at no additional cost to our residents. A dietitian helps to plan the menu and takes into consideration all cultural, religious and dietary requirements. Relatives and friends are welcome to join you for meals with advance booking.

Keep up with your favourite pastimes

Our team of lifestyle staff have created a stimulating program of activities and experiences to choose from. Activities can be tailored to meet your individual interests, cultural background, and social, emotional and physical abilities. You can maintain your hobbies and interests by joining in with any of our diverse social events, church services, library visits and films. Along with a range of cultural celebrations and special guests, we celebrate significant birthdays and dates.

Stay involved with the local community

Strathalan has played an important part of the Macleod community since 1945 when it first opened. Residents are encouraged to engage with the local community through our lifestyle program – for example, they can enjoy scenic bus outings accompanied by morning or afternoon tea. Our strong community connection also extends to younger generations, with students from Our Lady of Mercy College and other local schools regularly volunteering and performing at Strathalan.

Room to host family and friends

Above all, Strathalan is your home, so your friends and family are always welcome here. You can choose to spend time with them in our beautiful shared areas, or we also have private function rooms that you can book for special occasions..

Pastoral care

Pastoral care is an important part of life at all Baptcare communities, including Strathalan. Our chaplains are available to listen to residents and their families and journey alongside them, whatever their background or situation. We offer emotional and spiritual support, honouring each person’s unique spirituality and how they find meaning and purpose. Our chaplains also assist with prayer, worship, sacraments and other spiritual practices, including regular devotional and church services where appropriate.

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 Strathalan Community
Residential aged care
50 Braidhill Road
Macleod VIC 3085

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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