Welcome to Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged, a warm community of independent residents enjoying life among the historical streets and sloping greens of Golden Square, Bendigo.
With a committed and proactive Lifestyle Team, we partner with every person to ensure each day is as golden as the region’s history.
Whether you’re passionate about getting out and about or enjoy pursuing more personal hobbies, your individual interests and needs are nurtured at Mercy Health Bethlehem. Take control of each day and live life the way you choose with care, support and companionship.
Visiting hours may have changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please call the home for details.
Book your tour of Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged (Bendigo)
Arrange to visit for a cup of tea and a tour, and get to know the friendly faces at Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged (Bendigo)! You'll meet our Resident Liaison Officer to explore our home and the surrounding area, and find out more about moving in. Just fill out the form and we’ll be in touch.
Ageing in place
Our homes offer you the security and comfort of ‘ageing in place’. Regardless of your care needs now, or how they may develop in the future, you can continue to live at our home and access the care you need while maintaining your quality of life.
Allied health describes the range of health professionals involved in your care who are not doctors, dentists or nurses. Allied health includes services such as podiatry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy and dietary advice.
Audiology involves treatments to improve communication and participation for people with hearing loss, to promote a fuller and more enjoyable life. It can also help with conditions affecting balance.
Café on site
Our home includes an on-site café and kiosk with a fresh food and hot or cold drink menu for you and your guests to enjoy.
As part of our comprehensive approach to your health and wellbeing, we can arrange dental services for both emergency and non-emergency dental issues.
Eye health and ophthalmology
Access ophthalmology services to treat eye and vision-related conditions or disorders.
Hair and beauty salon
A hairdresser regularly visits our salon to keep you looking and feeling your best.
Leisure and lifestyle activities
Wherever possible, our lifestyle therapy team supports you to pursue your interests and actively participate in life. We invite you to enjoy a range of social, cultural and physical activities and to suggest any we do not currently offer. Please note, some activities may incur a charge.
Enjoy access to our home’s comprehensive library of books, reading materials and games.
For those nearing the end of life, our palliative care team works with family and friends to offer physical, spiritual, emotional and social support.
Pastoral Care Associates can offer you and your loved ones spiritual and emotional support. We can also coordinate prayer groups or church services, including regular Mass, sacramental care and denominational services.
Physiotherapists help people move more easily and improve their physical ability. You may undertake physiotherapy as part of a high-care plan or rehabilitation program. If you’re generally well and would like access to physiotherapy services, or if you have higher needs and require extra support, you can arrange for your preferred therapists to visit on a fee-for-service basis.
Podiatry services are available for medical conditions affecting the foot, ankle and leg. Our local allied health therapists can provide podiatry in the home as part of a high care plan. If you’re generally well and would like these services, or have higher care needs and seek extra allied health support, you can arrange for your preferred therapists to visit on a fee-for-service basis.
Chaplains visit our home, and are available on-call for pastoral ministry and specific religious rituals. We can also arrange pastoral care from a religious representative from your own faith for your convenience.
We can provide support to your family and other primary carers who need additional assistance, or who simply need a break and time to themselves. Our home offers respite care in the form of short-term accommodation for your family members or primary carers.
Our home offers speech pathology services to assess, diagnose and treat communication or swallowing disorders. Our local allied health therapists can provide speech pathology services in-home as you require, or as part of a high-care plan. If you’re generally well and would like speech pathology, or have higher care needs and seek extra allied health support, you can arrange for your preferred therapists to visit on a fee-for-service basis.
Dementia care unit
A dedicated memory unit is available within the home providing specialist care for people living with dementia or memory loss. We partner with you and your loved one to get to know their personal story so daily life and activities can be tailored to suit their specific needs and interests.
Aged Care Accommodation
Our rooms are designed for your comfort and safety, with single rooms with private ensuites.
Rooms are furnished with a single bed, bedside tables, a 24/7 nurse call bell for assurance and peace of mind and built-in wardrobes. Our lounge areas and dining spaces are designed to enjoy sweeping views of the Bendigo city skyline.
All food is prepared fresh on site by qualified chefs. Seasonal menus are developed in consultation with residents. Residents are invited to provide feedback and suggestions.
- cooked breakfast offered weekly
- roast beef with seeded mustard crust, beef stroganoff, baked fish in lemon pepper
- golden vegetable quiche and rice, chicken curry with rice, shepherds pie
- chicken corn soup, cream of vegetable soup, pumpkin soup
- toasted sandwiches, savoury mince on toast, chicken salad
- panna cotta, fruit crumble, berry jelly.
- library stocked with classic books and your favourite reads
- community bus for shopping trips and outings
- a laundry service is available on site
- look and feel your best with a trip to the hair salon, conveniently located in the home
- reverse-cycle air conditioner with individual thermostat control in your room
- the latest equipment and technology to ensure safety
- communal living areas and internal landscaped courtyards to entertain visitors
- nutritious meals cooked right here in our kitchen
- easy access to your local community with public transport located nearby.
Aged Care Lifestyle and Community
Life at Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged is varied and personalised.
Choose to participate in as many activities as you wish, with an extensive variety of lifestyle programs and a vibrant social schedule. Options include community outings, concerts, indoor bowls, gardening, craft groups, cooking, a visiting library service and more. We provide transport to events and for those residents who can’t travel, we regularly invite community groups to visit.
In the area
A range of church and community groups are within minutes of the facility, including:
- Bendigo District RSL
- childcare facilities and schools
- church groups
- craft and entertainment groups.
Enjoy the following activities at your home:
- Frequent services in the chapel, offering residents, families and friends quiet time for reflection and meditation. The chapel is available for services, gatherings and mass for all denominations.
There is a community bus stop conveniently located in front of the home on Specimen Hill Road.
As a treasured member of the Mercy Place Bethlehem Home for the Aged community, you have access to our Service Manager.
Our Care reflects our resident’s choice, respect and dignity.
Moving into an aged care home can be a challenging and emotional time for you and your loved ones. We’re here to help.
There are some steps you can complete at any point — even before you’ve decided on your home — to make things easier.
There are things you can do right now – including assembling documents and completing forms – to make your move smooth and easy. Many of these things are useful even if you don’t end up moving into aged care.
Confirm the details of your finances
By confirming the details of your finances through completing certain forms and choosing your specific room, you can ensure you pay the correct costs and receive the right care from the moment you move in.
Apply for your chosen home
Arrange a meeting with a local representative of your chosen home to ensure you understand everything and receive the right help in applying for your move.
Understanding the costs
Once you’ve chosen your home, it’s natural to start thinking about the costs involved.
How much will I have to pay? What is covered? Are there flexible payment options? Find the answers to your questions and get familiar with the costs.
Ask about life at Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged (Bendigo)
If you have any questions about life at Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged (Bendigo) the process of preparing for a move, or anything else, please get in touch and let us know. We’ll find the answers and be in contact with you shortly.
36-42 Specimen Hill Road
Golden Square, Bendigo VIC 3555
We constantly look for ways to improve the care and service we deliver. Your feedback is valuable and is one way we can find out how we are doing and what we can improve. Complete our online feedback form to provide your comments.
Last reviewed January 1, 2018.