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Ageing & Dementia Short-Stay Cottages

Deakin Cottage and Naragana-Wali Cottage are short-stay cottages, that enable carers of people who are ageing or who have dementia, to take a short break from their caring role.


A Home Away from Home

Deakin Cottage and Naragana-Wali Cottage are a “home away from home” that provide personal and professional care for people who are ageing and/or living with dementia. Our services include interactive day programs, overnight stays, and short-term respite stays, which enable family and friend carers to have a short break from caring.

A Nurturing Environment

Our Cottages are set amongst safe and secure gardens in the leafy suburbs of Deakin  and Isaacs. Each cottage has four bedrooms available for overnight or short stays. The nurturing environment created by our caring and dedicated staff is apparent from the individualised care and genuine concern for the wellbeing our clients. Freshly made quality meals, tailored for each person’s dietary requirements, are prepared at the cottages, enabling our clients to enjoy home style meals.


On weekdays, we operate a popular day program with the key goal of assisting our clients with everyday living skills, socialisation and memory retention. We also individually tailor hobbies to reflect our clients’ life interests. Our clients love coming to the cottages where they foster new friendships and enjoy shared interests. Regular activities include gentle exercise, gardening, woodwork projects, music and memory enhancement games, and outings around Canberra.

Our People

Our staff are experienced, highly qualified and trained in the Montessori model of care designed to focus on what the client can still do. By capturing their interests and providing a sense of purpose, this approach has enabled our clients to to engage in meaningful activities whilst maintaining or even restoring their capacity.


“The wonderful caring staff are angels

         and now just like family to us.”




Understanding our Client’s Needs

Before attending one of our Cottages, our staff meet with each client to ensure we fully understand their routine, personal care, medication, dietary requirements, hobbies, interests, cultural and spiritual needs. We focus on wellbeing and communication to ensure that each client feels safe and secure, and their carers are assured that we are meeting the individual needs of the person they care for. Couples are also welcome to stay at the Cottages, giving them the opportunity to stay together while leaving the day-to-day tasks and care needs to our staff. Our model of care is focused on wellbeing, choice, respect and dignity.

Eligibility & Cost

Our Cottages are both low care services funded with support from the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). They are open to all aged ACT residents, depending on individual care needs. There is a fee to attend our Cottages, however you may be eligible for a subsidy through the Australian Government Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). To qualify, either you or the person you care for must be registered with My Aged Care and have been referred to Carers ACT for Cottage Overnight Respite services for overnight stays, or Centre Based Day Care to join the Day Program.To check on your eligibility, call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or apply online.

Once you have been assessed and provided with a referral code for Cottage Overnight Respite or Centre Based Day Care services, please get in touch with us through the contact details below or email

Subject to availability, we also accept full-fee paying clients, as well as clients who have an NDIS plan, a Home Care Package or are are privately funded.

See our Fee Schedule for detailed information.

Download our Deakin Cottage & Naragana-Wali Cottage Brochure.

Deakin Cottage

117 Denison Street, Deakin ACT 2600
(02) 6285 2082

Naragana-Wali Cottage

28 Rowntree Crescent, Isaacs 2607
(02) 6296 9940

Open 7 days and nights a week

Related Pages and Resources

Cottage Fee Schedule
Deakin Cottage Client Handbook
Carer’s Stories – Maree