Villa Maria Catholic Homes

486 Albert Street
East Melbourne Victoria, 3002

Villa Maria Catholic Homes is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing quality holistic services and life enhancing opportunities for older people, children and adults with a disability, their families and carers.

Formed through the merger of Villa Maria and Catholic Homes in 2015, the organisation is one of Victoria’s largest not-for-profit providers of disability, education, accommodation and senior services supporting around 6,500 people across the state and southern New South Wales.

An agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, every day of the year 2,500 staff and 500-plus volunteers respond to the unique needs of people and families we support with openness, innovation, creativity and flexibility.


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Reach out to seniors this Christmas

on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

As Christmas and the holidays approach, many begin to feel a sense of joy and excitement as they prepare for the festive season. For others who experience social isolation, the holidays highlight feelings of loneliness and anxiety.

Christmas Hampers Lift Seniors’ Spirits

on Thursday, December 6, 2018

The festive season will be a little brighter for 500 people this year with the delivery of Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ annual Christmas hampers. 

Private Rental a Burden for Seniors

on Monday, November 19, 2018

Private rental became impossible for Gail Carter to cover after she lost her job as an aged care assistant in 2015. A diagnosis of depression, caring for her terminally ill mother and living with an abusive flat mate made the 68-year-old’s situation all the more dire.

Overseas Visitors Praise Montessori Practice

on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Villa Maria Catholic Homes has spent more than 12 months introducing the Montessori practice to improve the lives of people living at their 12 aged care communities across Victoria. Staff at Villa Maria Catholic Homes' aged care residences are reporting great outcomes and were recently able to share these experiences with visitors from Singapore.

Regional Carers Need More Support

on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Feelings of isolation and loneliness are common among carers. Studies show these feelings are amplified in regional and remote areas, where support can be more difficult to find.

Learn About Retirement Living with Villa Maria Catholic Homes

on Monday, October 15, 2018

One of the great things about living in a retirement community is meeting new friends. That’s certainly the case for Betty and Nance who have become great friends since moving to Villa Maria Catholic Homes' Athelstan Retirement Apartments, in Camberwell.  They even volunteer together for the National Trust’s annual Vintage Clothing Sale.

Carers’ voices heard during Carers Week

on Friday, October 12, 2018

Like most carers, sharing the difficulties of her role isn’t all that comfortable for Sheryl Phin. She and her husband Rod have cared for his mum, Val, aged 91, for the past nine years in their Kilsyth South home following her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

There’s No Place Like Home

on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

It’s hard to believe anyone could be grateful for having a stroke. But Colleen Fagan is. Without it, she would never have learned about Home Care Packages (HCPs), which have allowed her and her mother, Lorna, to remain living together in their Moama home. 

Couple Faces Dementia Together

on Friday, September 7, 2018

You’d be hard pressed to find a more resilient couple than Gay and Ken Fleming.  Married for 46 years, the pair has endured more than their fair share of heartache.

Montessori Changing the Lives of a Different Generation

on Monday, September 3, 2018

One Australian is diagnosed with dementia every six minutes, and the problem is only getting worse because of Australia’s ageing population. Not-for-profit organisation, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, has spent the past 12 months introducing the person-centred Montessori practice to support people living with dementia at its residential aged care communities across Victoria.

Seek support early: Dementia Awareness Month

on Friday, August 31, 2018

Get a second opinion and trust your instincts.  That’s the message from Glen Iris resident Maria Giacomantonio ahead of September’s Dementia Awareness Month. Maria is a full-time carer for her husband of 52 years, Dominic, 82, who is living with Lewy body disease, one of the most common causes of dementia among older people. 

Open Day at Torquay’s Villa Maria Catholic Homes Star of the Sea

on Monday, July 16, 2018

Community nurse, Suzanne Tatnell, says that even though her job put her in contact with older people in aged care, it was still tough when she had to head down that path for her own mum, Val.

Villa Maria Catholic Homes' Men’s Shed Provides Great Mateship for Local Seniors

on Friday, June 1, 2018

Don’t let the tools fool you – this Men’s Shed is more than just a workshop, it’s a place of friendship and fun. 

Volunteers Make a Difference in Aged Care

on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

National Volunteer Week started on May 21 and recognises the wonderful work volunteers do in their communities.  Mary is one of those volunteers and says that volunteering makes her feel closer to her family back in Malta.

Saluting Our Aged Care Nurses

on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

We love aged care nurses. Nurses have held the title as the most trusted and ethical profession in Australia for the past 20 years.  

Giving Older People with Dementia a Voice

on Monday, May 7, 2018

An innovative tool is helping aged care residents living with dementia to be heard, and making their end of life journey meaningful to them.

Auschwitz Survivor Moved by Anzac Day Honour

on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Anzac Day means different things to different people. Frank Smolen, who turns 100 in October, survived Auschwitz. When Nazi Germany occupied his country, Frank joined the Polish Resistance. He spent about three years in this infamous concentration camp after the Gestapo discovered his allegiance to the resistance.

Volunteering Enhances Marriage

on Friday, February 9, 2018

Could the secret to a long and happy marriage be volunteering? Laura and Ray Goldsmith, who in January celebrated 52 years of marriage, have been volunteering together at Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) Wantirna op shop for around 14 years.

Canine Volunteer Brings Joy to Seniors

on Friday, December 8, 2017

Volunteers come in all different shapes and sizes – and species! Harry the Labrador has become a firm, furry favourite among seniors at Villa Maria Catholic Homes Willowbrooke aged care residence in Upper Ferntree Gully since he began visiting with his owner, Raelene Olsen, around six months ago. 

Help at Hand for Western Seniors

on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Margaret Lay was a woman used to doing things for others. The Gordon resident had found her calling in caring for children with disabilities and various volunteering roles until a severe back injury in 2000 turned her world upside down. Suddenly, Margaret became the one who needed care.

Villa Maria Catholic Homes Open Day Success

on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hundreds of people took advantage of the chance to see Villa Maria Catholic Homes' newest aged care residence, Star of the Sea, up close during its recent open day. 

Carer Support Keeps Retired Couple Together

on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roseanne Boyle, 62, tries not to dwell on what she and her husband Steve have lost since his stroke in 2008. The pair, from Wodonga, had taken early retirement and were caravanning around Australia when Steve suffered the stroke, which has left him paralysed down one side of his body and reliant on an electric wheelchair.

Jim Ensures June's Legacy Lives On

on Friday, September 22, 2017

It’s hard not to shed a tear when listening to James ‘Jim’ Wells talk about his wife of almost seven decades. He lost his beloved ‘Junie’ to dementia 12 months ago, and the grief is understandably raw.

Retirees Welcome New Aged Care Residents with a Special Gift

on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A knitting group has crafted a warm and friendly welcome for the first arrivals at Torquay’s newest aged care residence. Villa Maria Catholic Homes will open Star of the Sea Residential Aged Care in October, located next door to its existing retirement village in Horseshoe Bend Road.

Montessori Approach Brings Joy to People Living with Dementia

on Monday, September 11, 2017

An innovative approach to supporting people living with dementia is brightening the lives of seniors and their families in Sunshine North. St Bernadette’s Community Respite House – run by not-for-profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes – has introduced the Montessori approach to its care delivery.

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