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Suburb: Kenmore

City: Brisbane

Name: Iona Nursing Home

Organisation: Blue Care


Address: 129 Brookfield Road

Kenmore Hills 4069

Brisbane Qld.

Contact:    Phone – 1800 838 929

Fax – (07) 3378 8110

DPS Guide Web ID 14846

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Number of beds 60

Respite beds 1

Bed vacancies

Respite vacancies



Hairdresser visits once a week

Upright piano downstairs in dining area

Secure garden

Caters for dementia

Lift between floors


Aging in place policy

Booked respite programme: ph – 07 3859 0922

Medical – several local doctors visit regularly

Diversional Therapist Mon – Fri.

Visiting pets as well as birds onsite

Visitor programme

Visiting chaplains from several denominations each month

Active volunteer programme and monthly calendar/newsletter

Opportunities for resident involvement in monthly meetings

Staff to resident ratio


Other information

Initial building access

The upper level, reception and main office are accessed from the carpark driveway via a level ramp. There is a level, covered drop-off/pick-up area at this point.

Bedroom description

Each level has a number of bedrooms. All bedrooms come with a hospital style bed, two upright padded chairs and a small lockable drawer cabinet on castors. There is also a small four drawer chest of drawers in the built in cupboard. Bedrooms open either to a shared balcony with one other person's bedroom or to a small covered patio area on the lower level. A few of the smaller rooms have their own en suite. The larger rooms have an en suite bathroom/toilet, but share this with one other bedroom set on the other side of the bathroom/toilet. Sometimes doors, but more frequently curtains on tracks, provide some extra privacy between the bedroom and the bathroom areas. Whether the rooms have air-conditioning depends on whether a resident has had one put in at some stage. If a resident puts in an air-conditioner, then changes rooms, it is possible for a resident to take their air-conditioner with them. However, they must pay for any damage done to the wall when removing the equipment.

On-call arrangements

Each resident has a call button on a long tube, which is accessible from their bed and also the chair if they sit next to their bed. There are also call buttons or pull cords next to the toilet and the shower in the bathroom. When a resident pushes the button, a loud chime sounds at the end of the corridor and a red light appears, showing the number of the room requiring assistance.


Each level also has its own dining room and adjoining kitchen and residents have the option of breakfast, morning and afternoon tea being brought to their rooms on a tray.


The main meal is provided at 12 noon in the dining rooms. This usually consists of a main meal and a dessert. Breakfast, morning and afternoon tea are brought to residents on trays, as is their supper at 5.00 p.m.


Medications are prepared by the nursing staff and dispensed when required.

Lounge areas

Two on each level with televisions and upright chairs for those who wish to vary where they sit during the day.


Can be connected at resident's expense.


Resident's personal laundry can be done on site once their clothing is suitably marked. This is organised at Iona. Other laundry such as bedding is sent off-site to a commercial laundry. Exceptions can be made if a resident wishes to make alternative arrangements for a specific item.

Outdoor areas

The nursing home has a level, paved area with a pergola and barbecue, overlooking the valley at the back of the building on the lower ground level.


Iona is an older style two storey brick establishment set on the same grounds as Blue Care's low-care hostel, Tarry Brae and a retirement village. The main reception office is on the top floor and is accessed via a covered, level ramp just off the carpark and driveway.  The driveway connects the various accommodation options. Iona's position overlooks a well-treed vista of the Kenmore valley and out to the hills. Only rooms on this side of the building have views to the hills.  Rooms on the other side look out to the carpark areas.  The dining rooms, one on each level, are attractively decorated and spacious. A radio is played in the dining room at mealtimes. The kitchen used by staff for preparing and serving meals is open plan and attached to the diningroom. There appears to be a fairly high staff to resident ratio.

Shower/Toilet areas are fairly large and tiled but basic with minimal furniture or decorating.  Some have a small wall bathroom cabinet.

Management are very flexible about people decorating rooms and personal outdoor spaces to their taste with pictures, plants, furniture etc. The only condition is that staff are still able to get around easily in the room so that they can do their job.

There is not a separate area for residents who have dementia in this nursing home.





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