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 accredited to provide all levels of residential aged care (low to high), as well as respite care and end-of-life (palliative) care. Where possible this wide range of capabilities allows us to provide ‘ageing-in-place’, meaning that residents can stay at The Orchards even if their health changes or their needs increase. Our staff make it their priority to fully understand each resident’s individual requirements so they can tailor the care they provide accordingly.
Our qualified and experienced staff provide the highest quality of nursing-led care, with registered nurses on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Team members are assigned to a specific group of residents to enable continuity of care and ensure that staff represent a constant, familiar presence in our residents’ lives. And many of our nurses are multi-lingual, with current staff fluent in Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Swahili, Filipino, Hindi and many other languages.
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.
Residents are offered a choice of tasty, healthy meals prepared by chefs on-site, including delicious fresh soups that are made from scratch daily. Meal options come at no additional cost to our residents. Our menu, which is on a four-weekly rotating cycle, is planned with a specialist dietician to ensure nutritional needs are met. We can happily accommodate specific dietary requirements (e.g. diabetic-friendly or gluten-free alternatives).
Keep up with your favourite pastimes
Our lifestyle program is curated with all residents in mind, with a focus on activities that encourage community interaction. Diverse activities are spread throughout the day, so residents can join in with activities they like, when it suits them. We offer gentle and fun exercises such as balance class, indoor bowls and a walking group to promote active lifestyles. Residents can maintain their interests and hobbies, all while making new friends, through our cooking club, gardening group and Men’s Shed. And to help sustain active minds, we offer various games, such as bingo, scrabble and word games, and have music therapy sessions and regular concerts.
A community within a community
The Orchards has a strong connection with the local community. The site’s original aged care community was established by members of Templestowe Baptist church, and we maintain a close relationship with the church, which is located adjacent to our site. We also promote community interaction through regular bus outings to local places of interest, and through a buddy program with local school children who visit regularly. The Orchards is also lucky to have a committed network of volunteers from the local community who participate in activities and provide companionship to our residents.
Room to host family and friends
Baptcare The Orchards Community is home for our residents, and we welcome visitors at any time of the day. Visitors add to the strong sense of community that we pride ourselves on at The Orchards. We invite family, friends and even pets to use our shared spaces, gardens and facilities, and we have play areas that are perfect for keeping grandchildren entertained. For times when family are unable to visit in person, such as when they are overseas or tied up at work, we have an online portal that families can access and upload photos for residents.
For more snapshots of daily life at The Orchards, follow Baptcare’s Facebook page.
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.
Social and recreational support
We want life at The Orchards to be stimulating and full of activity. There are plenty of opportunities for residents to socialise, whether that be at Friday night drinks, our special ‘dinner for two’ restaurant-style dining experience, or simply spending time in one of our many communal areas. We also offer many on-site services as part of our ‘Living Well Essentials’ package, which all residents receive for an additional fee. These include laundry (and labelling of clothing), newspaper delivery, phone line rental, appointments at the Ora hair and beauty salon, and coffee, tea and snacks at our mobile kiosk.
The comfort of familiar routines
Our model of care at The Orchards prioritises consistent daily routines that reassure residents and inspire confidence. However, we do encourage residents to try new activities and become actively involved in community life so they can maintain their interests and enjoy a full life.
We invite you to see for yourself what life is like at Baptcare The Orchards Community. Book a tour online by clicking here or call 13 BAPTCARE (13 22 78) to arrange a time to visit our community.