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HammondCare Strathearn House

75 Gundy Road
Scone NSW 2337

Welcome to Strathearn House

Nestled in the picturesque Upper Hunter Valley, HammondCare Strathearn House is dedicated to providing compassionate care for older Australians and those living with dementia. Our two new state-of-the-art dementia care cottages offer a warm and familiar environment, designed to promote a sense of belonging and comfort for residents and their families. 

HammondCare’s unique model of care revolves around getting to know each person and their family, ensuring that our residents receive personalised care tailored to their individual needs. Our team works closely with each resident and their loved ones, understanding their interests, preferences, and life story to create a home-like environment that truly reflects who they are. 

With a focus on individualised care, HammondCare Strathearn House is dedicated to helping residents maintaining a fulfilling life, surrounded by a beautiful environmental setting and a supportive community. 

 

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See our small cottages, designed like home

Our leading design principles help people stay independent and make choices for themselves. There's easy access to gardens, a central kitchen you can recognise and use, and a mix of shared living areas and quiet comfortable spots to sit and relax.

What does Strathearn House offer?

The warmth of home: Strathearn House has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with the comforts of home. The cottages serve those who are frail aged or are living with dementia and have a variety of common spaces including dining rooms, lounge and outdoor areas, with accessible courtyards and beautiful gardens.

Engagement with life: We encourage residents to take part in everyday activities which provides a sense of purpose and feeling involved. We also offer residents a variety of social and recreational opportunities, including gardening, trips to local village shops, and engagement with the community.

A fresh food culture: High quality, varied, and delicious food is essential to everyone’s physical and emotional health. That’s why we ensure all meals are freshly cooked on-site and we spend significantly more on each meal than industry average.

Comprehensive support: At HammondCare, we aim to provide comprehensive support for each resident, their family, and carers, to help embrace physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. We value understanding your wishes for care in the future and can provide information for you about how to communicate those wishes to your care team.

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Types of care at HammondCare Strathearn House

Residential care

  • Our unique model of care is centred on truly getting to know each person and their family. We tailor care to residents’ individual background, likes and needs
  • We have more than 90 years’ experience in looking after those in need including more than 25 years’ expertise in caring for people living with dementia
  • Our homes are designed specifically for someone living with dementia, to maximise comfort and wellbeing, and make each day less stressful
  • As an independent Christian charity, compassion is ingrained in how we care

Costs and payment options

We provide the highest possible quality of care to all people with an assessed need, regardless of their financial circumstances. This means that your financial situation will not affect finding a place at HammondCare.

There are three ways you can pay for residential accommodation and care. We can help you understand your options and find an arrangement that suits your individual circumstances.

Option 1: Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD).

This is a lump-sum payment with a refundable balance upon exit. The maximum RAD for Strathearn House is $550,000.

Option 2: Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP).

This is a daily payment that is non-refundable.

The maximum DAP for Strathearn House is $126.27

Option 3: RAD + DAP Combined.

This is a combination payment that is made up of part refundable accommodation deposit, and part daily accommodation payment. You can pay any RAD + DAP combination you wish.

An example of RAD + DAP combinations for Strathearn House is a RAD of $360,000 and a DAP of $43.62

HammondCare Assurance

Residents who choose to pay for their accommodation by a RAD + DAP combination may also determine to have any DAP and/or Personalised Services Fee withdrawn from the RAD.

You may have concerns that the RAD amount will, over time, be consumed by these deductions. However, HammondCare ensures that at least 65% of the RAD paid will be returned to residents:

  • Whose income and assets assessment by Centrelink/DVA indicates that the RAD they have paid is the maximum that they are able to pay.
  • Who have paid a RAD that is equal to or higher than the HammondCare example RAD + DAP combination for that specific care home.

Those who do not agree to have any regular deductions from the RAD will receive the full deposit when they leave the care home.

Accommodation supplement

The Australian Government also pays an accommodation supplement for residents who are unable to contribute to the cost of their accommodation.

The Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of care. Residents are asked to contribute in the following two ways:

Basic Daily Fee

A Basic Daily Fee goes towards day-to-day living expenses such as meals, cleaning and laundry. The standard Basic Daily Fee is 85% of the single pension, or $61.96 per day.

Means-Tested Care Fee

In addition, residents whose income and assets exceed thresholds set by the Australian Government will also be asked to pay a means-tested care fee which contributes to the cost of their clinical care.

Personalised services

At Strathearn House from just $31 per day, Personalised Services are provided in addition to the provision of standard care and services. These Personalised Services highlight the value in HammondCare's unique model of care, which incorporates resources and services that aim to enhance the overall living experience for each resident. Please get in touch with our Admissions team to learn more about Personalised Services and the costs involved

So what will the total cost be?

Your specific care costs will depend on a number of factors, including your particular circumstances and care needs. If you would like to discuss these further, please contact our Admissions Coordinator on 1800 776 112.

Examples

To make things clearer, here are some examples of how accommodation and care costs might interact in individual cases. Please also have a read of our FAQ.

Mary is a full pensioner who was renting a house. When she was assessed as eligible for residential care, she moved into a low care, dementia-specific home at HammondCare. Because she did not have significant income or assets, Mary receives the government’s accommodation supplement and she does not have to pay the means-tested care fee. She will use her pension income to pay the Basic Daily Fee.

Bill is a retired welder who lives in his own home. When he discovered he needed residential care, he sold his house for $420,000 and moved into HammondCare. The home's maximum accommodation price is $550,000 and he chose to pay a combined $360,000 refundable deposit and a $43.62 daily accommodation payment (based on the outstanding amount of $190,000). He also pays a means-tested care fee of around $10/day and Personalised Services fee out of the remaining $60,000 from the sale of his former home. He also pays the Basic Daily Fee out of his pension.

Jane is a retired accountant. Before she moved into a 15-person cottage at HammondCare, she lived in her own home near the beach that was worth $900,000. She paid the full refundable deposit of $830,000 and so did not have to make any daily accommodation payments. She now pays a means-tested care fee based on her assets and her investment income. She also pays the Basic Daily Fee and Personalised Service Fee out of her investment income.

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COVID-19 guidelines

HammondCare puts residents' health and wellbeing first. As we learn to live with the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to follow the directives and guidelines of the Australian and State Governments.

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  • Staff and visitor screening
  • Training in, and enhanced use of, appropriate PPE and infection control measures
  • Monitoring and auditing of infection control practices by the QSR team
  • Reduced movement of staff between services and between cottages at each service
  • Enhanced cleaning processes, especially in high-touch areas
  • Increased precautionary testing of staff
  • Offering on-site vaccination clinics to residents and staff
  • Developing clear escalation and decision-making processes that promote safety and encompass a compassionate approach
  • Implementing measures to safely enable ongoing engagement and visits for residents, their family and loved ones

HammondCare’s Partnering In Care Program is a special education program for the loved ones of residents. The program is designed to equip family and friends with care principles to enable a partnered approach to caring for each resident. 

The course content has recently been updated to reflect current COVID-19 visitor information and visiting a residential home, infection control and some other information to assist family and loved ones at this time.