For a welcoming community where everyone belongs
Having recently undergone a major expansion and transformation, Baptcare The Orchards Community represents a new chapter in the proud history of The Orchards site in Doncaster East. Our larger, state-of-the-art facility continues a 30-year legacy of supporting older people in the local community, with a highly experienced nursing-led team that provide all levels of care. The Orchards has been designed to create a true sense of community and we fully support individual lifestyles and interests – residents can live the way they want, knowing they have the care they need.
Talk to us today about how we can can support your loved one whether you are considering respite or permanent care.
A place where you will feel at home
The Orchards is a warm, supportive community built on a spirit of belonging. We want our residents to feel respected and comfortable from the moment they enter our community, so that it truly feels like home. The sense of community here is strengthened by our lovely shared areas where residents can enjoy one another’s company, along with a continuously evolving calendar of activities and events that brings residents together regularly.
Designed to be a thriving community
The Orchards has been specifically designed to promote community interaction. Residents’ rooms are grouped into small, family-style communities of 10–15 suites with shared living and dining areas, which are linked by a north-facing ‘winter garden’ walkway. Larger communal spaces include an outdoor terrace, landscaped courtyards and an activity room. The modern design maximises wide views to internal courtyards or to surrounding landscapes, with abundant natural light throughout the private and shared spaces.
Living the way you want
At The Orchards, we recognise the benefits of routine, but we also know that our residents want flexibility in their day-to-day activities and choices. For example, when deciding on the menu, we talk to our residents and find out what they want. We also make sure that our residents are involved in selecting the activities and events that make up our lifestyle program to ensure that they feel engaged and fulfilled. And when it comes to little things, like if a resident wants to sleep in one morning, our staff support those choices.
Modern design with a homely feel
Our contemporary, four-storey building has 150 private rooms, catering to all levels of care. Each floor is divided into three wings, with rooms grouped into smaller communities that share dining and living areas. Residents can spend time in one of the many communal spaces at The Orchards. Our large terrace has spectacular views and is the perfect place to soak up the sun, while the ‘winter garden’ walkways on each level provide a peaceful sitting area with internal and external views that can be enjoyed in all weather conditions. We also have internal landscaped courtyards with comfortable seating areas, and a large activity room on the ground floor. These shared spaces contribute to the strong community feel at The Orchards.
The Orchards offers private, sole-occupied rooms. See the pricing snapshot for full details. Your room is your own space, so you can decorate it however you like, e.g. by hanging paintings or bringing in your favourite quilt. All of the rooms at The Orchards are bright and comfortable, featuring:
- Private ensuite bathroom
- High-quality furniture and fittings
- A flat-screen TV
- Individually controlled air-conditioning and hydronic heating
- Built-in wardrobes with lockable storage
- Picture rails and built-in display shelving
- Large windows and pleasant views.
And if you want something more special, our Eucalyptus rooms are unrivalled. These spacious rooms have views to the city or to surrounding parks, and feature first-class finishes, including fine linen and special bathroom tiles.
Care tailored to your specific needs
The Orchards 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, The Orchards 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.
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.
Beyond 24/7 nursing care, other health services available on-site at The Orchards include:
- Foot care and podiatry
- Speech therapy
- Diversional therapy
- GP home visits.
For acute clinical issues, we work with an in-reach acute services program to help avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital.
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
Connected with our local community
Because our team truly cares about the community and spirit of Norlane, we chose to develop a specialised hub alongside our aged care facility. You can connect and engage with community groups, spend time with our committed volunteers, enjoy the nearby gardens and courtyards, or join one of our regular bus outings to local places of interest.
Room to host family and friends
Above all, Brookview 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 is an important part of life at all Baptcare communities, including The Orchards. 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
Frequently Asked Questions
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 75 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.
The Orchards is located in Doncaster East, 20 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, within the City of Manningham local government area.
The area of land that is occupied by Doncaster East mostly consists of rolling hills, creek valleys and short ridges. Andersons Creek Road runs along an unnamed ridge that, when atop, gives views of Mount Dandenong to the east and the further rolling hills of Templestowe to the west.
There are many small anecdotal localities that have established individual community identities within the suburb, some of these include Donburn, Deep Creek, Milgate, Tunstall, Waldau and The Pines.
Doncaster East contains a fitness centre, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Gospel, Islamic and Uniting places of worship, an athletics track, three Australian rules football/cricket ovals, soccer grounds, library, indoor sporting facilities, medical centres, a small community hall, Donvale Rehabilitation Centre, many restaurants and strip shops and The Pines Shopping Centre.
Shopping Strips and Centres in Doncaster East include Stockland The Pines, Donburn Shops, Jackson Court, Devon Plaza and Tunstall Square.
Public transportation in the City of Manningham consists of regular bus services that cover most of the suburb.
Box Hill Hospital and St. Vincent’s are the closest healthcare facilities.
Doncaster East neighbours Templestowe, Park Orchards, Ringwood North, Donvale, Box Hill North, Doncaster and Warrandyte.
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.
We understand that the routines of daily life are very important, so we focus on providing a comfortable and vibrant environment. Residents enjoy time with others through our social and therapeutic activities program. And we welcome visitors at any time of the day – so your family can join us whenever they like. There’s even an outdoor playground for the kids.
The Orchards is a residential aged care community. This means that it is for older people who need a higher level of care than what can be provided in their own home. Most rooms at The Orchards are concessional. Preference is given to DHHS Public and Community Housing clients and other government funded clients.
- First, you will need an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) assessment.
- Call Baptcare The Orchards Community on 13 BAPTCARE (13 22 78) to discuss your next steps and book a tour.
- We will then send you an application form.
- Fill out the application form and return it to us.