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John Curtin Aged Care is a sixty-five bed accredited aged care facility providing residential care services to the people of Creswick and surrounding districts.

The service is made up of two respite beds and sixty-three permanent beds of which sixteen are dementia specific. Around the home there are also seventeen independent living units.


  • all care staff have a qualification in Aged Care - Certificate III, Enrolled Nursing and Registered Nursing, some with post graduate qualifications
  • beautiful home style cottage gardens with fruit orchards and vegetable plots
  • single rooms with private ensuites
  • one twin room for couples
  • on-site catering, food cooked daily from fresh produce
  • wellness and lifestyle oriented activities that promote socialisation and healthy ageing
  • a large function room for games, movies, concerts, and parties
  • large print and audio books, video and DVD collection
  • access to internet and email
  • learning programs through the University of the Third Age
  • access to massage
  • access to physiotherapy, dietitian, podiatry as required and other specialities by referral


All applicants for accommodation at John Curtin Aged Care need to be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) as being in need of residential care.

ACATs help older people and their carers work out what kind of care will best meet their needs when they are no longer able to manage at home without assistance.

The Five Steps

There are five steps to follow when you think you need to move into an aged care home. They are:

1. Assessing your eligibility

This is done by your local ACAT. Call us here at John Curtin and speak to us about eligibility requirements and help, if needed, to refer you to your local ACAT for a mandatory assessment

2. Conducted tour

Arrange a convenient time to come and visit our Home. Make a list of all the questions you have for us.

3. Working out the cost

Talk with our Finance Manager or CEO on 5345 9999 about fees and seek independent Financial Advice. Discuss your decision with family and friends. Review your estate and consider appointing a representative.

4. Apply

Complete the Application for Permanent Entry to an Aged Care Home and submit it to administration.

5. Moving and settling in

Make arrangements to relocate and decide what items are important to take with you. Notify those who need to know about your move. Settle in and familiarise yourself with your new home and neighbours.

 Services at a fee

The following services may be available at the resident's request for an additional fee:

  • hairdressing services including cuts, tints and perms
  • barber services
  • occupational therapy and podiatry
  • other allied health services outside of the care plan
  • pharmaceuticals
  • continence aides
  • in-room telephone connection
  • transport to appointments
  • some activities including day trips and outings
  • in house WIFI

Basic Daily Care Fee

All residents pay the same basic daily care fee. This fee covers daily living expenses including meals, laundry, basic amenities and housekeeping. The amount is set by the Commonwealth Government and indexed every six months according to pension increases.

Current fee information is available on the Commonwealth Government website or by contacting our Finance Manager on 5345 9999

Daily Means-Tested Care Fee

Permanent residents may be asked to pay a daily means-tested carefee depending on their income and assets level and care requirements. The amount paid depends on the outcome of an assessment conducted by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Residents seeking financial assistance must complete an Income and Assets Assessment Form available from administration. This assessment must be completed at the time of negotiating entry into the home.

Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD)

Residents may be asked to contribute towards the cost of their accommodation by paying a refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) or an equivalent daily payment (DAP). A resident will only be asked to pay a RAD if their assets exceed a specified amount set by the Commonwealth Government. John Curtin  has  a range of set bed prices from $350,000 to $450,000 - see page "Costs and Fees"

For more information on RADs and DAPs visit the Commonwealth Government website or contact our Finance Manager on 5345 9999.

Payment Arrangements

Fees are payable monthly and in advance.

A direct debit arrangement where fees are deducted monthly from a nominated bank account is the preferred method of payment. John Curtin also accepts credit card, cheques or cash payments. (Credit card surcharge applies)

Talk with our Finance Manager on 5345 9999 to establish the payment arrangements that work best for you and your family.

Independent Financial Advice

John Curtin recommends all prospective residents consult a qualified and independent financial advisor prior to signing a Residential Care Agreement.


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