A ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria

From its beginnings in Victoria in the 1830s, the Presbyterian Church has sought to provide a range of relevant services for people in the community. In accordance with this ethic, in 1960 the first retirement living units were opened at Kilsyth, and Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes were established. The beautiful site of Kirkbrae is located at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, and offers peaceful and semi-rural surroundings with the benefits of being close to major urban centres. Over the years since its inception, Kirkbrae has expanded to offer a range of options for retirement living and aged care. 

Kirkbrae is a registered retirement village with a range of options available to meet a variety of preferences. The traditional units offer comfortable modest accommodation for single people or couples, with generous living areas and bedrooms, separate kitchens and pleasant sunrooms. Contemporary accommodation is available in single level homes offering a high standard of retirement living, with two or three bedrooms, master bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, high quality living areas and modern kitchens, and garaged car parking. Kirkbrae is located on a public transport bus route, with Croydon shopping centre and train station readily accessible.

A view of the modern retirement living apartments at Kirkbrae
More modest traditional units are also available
Lovely gardens surround the residences

Residential aged care is also offered at Kirkbrae, with the nursing home registered and accredited. It includes a range of facilities and options to meet all social and financial situations with which individuals are faced, including single or shared rooms. Delicious, wholesome meals are prepared on site by qualified chefs, and offer a great variety from which residents are able to select. A lifestyle program provides a range of activities and outings for residents.

The presence on site of a full time chaplain and pastoral care worker ensures spiritual support for all at Kirkbrae. The Kirkbrae Presbyterian congregation meets each Sunday, with visitors most welcome. Other denominations are also catered for, with other visiting chaplains.

The Kirkbrae staff are committed to providing compassionate, high quality care to each resident. Student placement opportunities allow staff to share their knowledge and expertise with future carers, and there is a focus on ongoing staff development and education at all levels.

Other vital aspects of Kirkbrae management include highly developed quality improvement systems, with the involvement of residents and their families in ongoing development of care services.

Kirkbrae is governed by the Social Services Committee (SSC) of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria (PCV), operating under Church Regulations, in accordance with corporate governance principles. The SSC is responsible to the General Assembly of the PCV, and works closely with the Trusts Corporation of the PCV and the Health and Community Chaplaincy Committee. Members of the Committee are appointed by the General Assembly of the PCV for three-year terms. The Chief Executive Officer of Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes works closely with the Committee, of which he is an invited member.

The Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes are an important ministry of the PCV. They are located at 794 Mount Dandenong Road, Kilsyth, phone 03 9724 5200. Any enquiries about retirement living or aged care would be most welcome.

Reference:  Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes