Aged Care Homes

Are you looking for quality, safe and genuine aged care services? With aged care homes across Victoria, mecwacare offers respite care, permanent care, palliative care, advance care planning and a safe, therapeutic environment for all residents, including those with dementia and other related conditions.

You will enjoy peace of mind in a secure environment, with registered nurses rostered on every shift, and delicious, nutritious meals cooked fresh daily by onsite chefs.

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Quick guide to moving into residential aged care

Request an Assessment
Request an Assessment

Contact My Aged Care at 1800 200 422 or online. An Aged Care Assessment Team representative will schedule a face-to-face meeting.

Understand the Costs
Understand the Costs

Costs depend on income, assets, care level, and chosen home. An aged care means assessment will determine your fees.

Find a Home
Find a Home

After confirming your eligibility for residential aged care, find a mecwacare home that suits your needs and preferences.

Apply to a Home
Apply to a Home

Call 03 8573 4812. One of our experienced Admissions Officers will be able to assist with your enquiries and application process.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get started?

Your first step towards accessing government-subsidised permanent care is to contact My Aged Care by phone on 1800 200 422, or online at to check your eligibility and to register. A representative from the Aged Care Assessment Team in your local area will then contact you to book a meeting, where you will undertake an assessment.

Is there availability in my chosen area?

mecwacare has aged care homes across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. We recommend you contact our friendly Admissions team on 8573 4812, or email to talk through your options.

How do I book a tour?

Our Admissions team is happy to arrange a tour for you. Simply phone the team on 8573 4812, or email to make an appointment. Your onsite or virtual tour will be led by the home’s Facility Manager, who will also be able to answer any questions you may have.

How do I apply?

The following items are required when applying for placement in a mecwacare home:

  • My Aged Care service referral code for permanent care [i.e. 1-xxxxxxxxxx]
  • Application for residential care (provided by the Admissions team)
  • Privacy information consent statement (provided by the Admissions team)
  • Enduring power of attorney/guardianship order
  • Fees letter from Services Australia or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, if available.
What fees will I pay?

There are three pricing components to permanent care that may be applicable. Further information about costs and fees is available through the My Aged Care website at

All fees and charges are regulated and reviewed periodically by the Australian Government. Refer to the current schedule of fees and charges for residential care from the Department of Health for specific values.

(1)     Basic daily fee (every person pays this fee)

This fee covers living expenses comparable to what a person pays at home, such as utilities, meals, cleaning and laundry.

(2)     Means tested care fee (dependent on a person’s income and assets, as determined by the Australian Government)

There is daily, annual and lifetime caps in place to support a person who is required to contribute to the cost of their care.

Typically, mecwacare does not charge an interim fee upon entry while waiting for the letter from Services Australia or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. If it is likely that this fee will be applicable and the client’s choice is to commence paying from the day of entry, then mecwacare can provide an estimate to support this request. Either way, the fee will be adjusted and backdated once we receive the letter.

(3)     Accommodation payment (dependent on a person’s income and assets, as determined by the Australian Government)

A person’s accommodation type will reflect one of the following three categories.

  • An accommodation payment (self-funded)

The agreed room price can be paid as a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD), Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) or as a combination of both the RAD and DAP. The DAP is the default payment method and is payable from the day of entry until the RAD is paid in full. The interest rate is set and fixed by the Australian Government from the day of entry.

  • An accommodation contribution (partially supported)

The contribution can be paid as a Refundable Accommodation Contribution (RAC), Daily Accommodation Contribution (DAC) or as a combination of both the RAC and DAC. The contribution amount is not fixed and may vary occasionally, as there are several variables that determine the value of the accommodation supplement paid to the care home by the Australian Government. The interest rate is set and fixed by the Australian Government from the day of entry.

  • No accommodation payment (fully supported)

The Australian Government will fund the person’s accommodation.

Will I have to pay extra and additional services fees?

No, mecwacare does not hold an extra service status, meaning these ongoing fees are not applicable to our care homes. There are, however, some optional additional services that are paid for by the resident, such as hair and beauty treatments.

Can I stay for a short time?

mecwacare offers short-term stays or respite care in all our homes. Click here to find out more.

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Aged care homes at mecwacare

With aged care homes across Victoria, mecwacare provides a nurturing and supportive environment for the elderly. We offer a comprehensive range of care services including respite, permanent, palliative, and advance care planning – all delivered with genuine compassion and expertise. You or your loved one will find peace of mind in our secure, homelike communities staffed by our caring team. Our chefs prepare delicious, nutritious meals onsite daily, catering to dietary needs. Beyond quality care, mecwacare fosters meaningful connections through engaging social activities. We’re dedicated to upholding dignity and empowering the elderly to live with purpose at this remarkable stage of life. Trust mecwacare to be your partner in genuine aged care.

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