Sumner House, 

Sumner House offers quality care and friendship in a warm and welcoming environment. Centrally located in Fitzroy, inner Melbourne, the residence is close to shops and public transport, while the gardens and park at the Royal Exhibition Building are just around the corner.

We will work with you to tailor a plan to your individual preferences and circumstances. Together, we will review your plan with you on a regular basis to ensure that it continues to meet your needs.

Your independence and right to choose how you live is important, which is why at Sumner House you are involved in all decision-making about your care and can choose from a wide range activities from our lifestyle program.

Activities include; painting, handcrafts, film and book discussion groups, an iPad training group, a public affairs discussion group and visits by school groups.

Our staff will also assist you to continue the interests and activities you had before moving into Sumner House and to maintain your connections with the community. If you enjoy the outdoors, you can relax outside in the tranquil landscaped courtyard, in the sunny rooftop garden, or visit nearby parks and gardens.

Our 43 large individual bedrooms all have en suite bathrooms, televisions, phone connection and wireless internet access. Each cluster of bedrooms has its own lounge-dining room with kitchenette.

Meals served in the central dining room are cooked in our own kitchen. Sumner House also offers a hairdressing salon with visiting hairdresser, and an activities room that includes a small gym.

If, over time, you require more involved care, we are able to provide a range of further services so that you can avoid the disruption of moving. We have nursing staff present around the clock, and visiting doctors and other health practitioners include physiotherapists, podiatrists, dieticians and psychologists.

We also provide specialised care and tailored activities for residents with dementia.

Who can live at Sumner House?

You may be eligible if you are an older person who has received an assessment from the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS). 

A health professional can refer you to the Aged Care Assessment Service for an assessment. More information is available on an Australian Government website: or you can speak to your GP or local health practitioner. 

You can also contact us at the Brotherhood of St Laurence to talk about your situation, to get advice or to investigate the care options that may be available to you. 

Accommodation fees

Fees for residential care are calculated according to government guidelines.

The maximum refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) is $300,000. The maximum daily accommodation payment (DAP) is $47.34 per day.

For example, a combination payment of 50% refundable deposit and 50% daily payment would include the  RAD at $150,000 and the DAP at $23.67 per day. 

Please note that these prices are maximums and each case is assessed individually.

Get in touch



Whatever your needs, we can provide you with expert advice and talk you through your options.

Even if you are not yet assessed, currently on the waiting list or not eligible for a Home Care Package, you can still access a range of services.

Get in touch and we’ll help you find a solution that works for you: