Why choose The Forrest Centre?

With The Forrest Centre, you’ll feel at home. Synonymous with high quality residential and community aged care services, over the past 40 years The Forrest Centre has created an environment where dignity, care and compassion are at the heart of everything we do.

We take your comfort and experience with us personally.

Our staff live and breathe values of compassion, wellbeing, hospitality, respect and stewardship and are always on hand to make sure you (or your loved one) receive the very best care available.

What options are available if I am not ready to leave my own home?

We understand just how important it is to remain at home for as long as possible. Forrest Community Services offers a comprehensive range of care and support to help you stay at home for as long as you are able.

Mindful of your individual circumstances, Forrest Community Services facilitates access to:

  • Nursing care
  • Personal care
  • Shopping
  • Light housework
  • Meal preparation
  • Laundry

You can also access our Social Participation Program.

How do I obtain a Home Care Package?

To access the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, you will first need to be assessed by the Regional Assessment Service assessor who will work with you to develop a support plan that reflects your needs, goals and preferences.

If you are assessed as eligible for services, you must choose the service provider – such as Forrest Community Services – you want to provide your services.

To discuss this process further, call our friendly Aged Care Solutions staff. Call 02 6932 3009 to organise an appointment.

What type of services are available in a Home Care Package?

Forrest Community Services can facilitate your access to a range of services and supports to help you manage better at home and maintain your independence. Depending on the outcome of your assessment, you may be eligible to receive services such as:

  • Nursing, physiotherapy and allied health care
  • Personal care, like help with getting dressed
  • Transport
  • Simple modifications to your home, like hand rails or ramps
  • Meals
  • Household jobs like cleaning or gardening
  • Equipment like walking frames
  • Social activities

Of course, the services you receive will be tailored to your individual circumstances and preferences.

How do we start the process of moving into a residential facility?

As you grow older, you may find you need more help with day-to-day tasks or health care. Sometimes a sudden event, such as a fall or stroke, or the needs of your carers will require you to access residential aged care either on a permanent or temporary basis (sometimes called residential respite).

Choosing the right facility for you can be a daunting experience. You should consider the facilities on offer, the values of the organisation, the level of care provided, pricing and proximity of the facility to family. The application process is relatively straightforward but please be aware that demand for residential aged care can be high so you may not be accepted into your preferred home right away.

Please call to make an appointment to view either Mary Potter Nursing Home (02 6932 3011) or Loreto Home of Compassion (02 6971 5715). 

Can I take my own things?

At The Forrest Centre, we believe in creating an environment where all residents feel at home. We encourage you to bring your personal possessions with you including photographs, books, music, your favourite tea cup, a cherished artwork, bedding and other treasured knick-knacks.

We strongly believe that having these loved items around you helps in the transition to your new home.

Are there any activities on offer at the residential facilities?

Yes, there are a range of daily activities to choose from and your participation in activities is always completely up to you.

We often host events such as concerts, luncheons, recitals and theme days where residents, their family and friends can join together to have fun and enjoy quality time together. Family are always welcome to join us for meals and other daily activities.

Do I have to be a Christian to be part of The Forrest Centre?

No. We cater for people from all denominations and are always respectful of our residents’ religious beliefs.

Residents and their families are welcome to use our Pastoral Care services and use our chapels regardless of their faith. Ministers of any denomination are welcome to attend our facilities.

How do I become a volunteer at The Forrest Centre?

We believe volunteering is a rewarding activity that brings joy to both our residents and our volunteers. Please contact The Forrest Centre direct on 02 6932 3011 to register your interest.