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Independent Living Units

BSL’s Independent Living units provide secure, affordable housing to older people on low incomes to allow them to live independently. The service is the only one of its kind in inner Melbourne providing additional welfare support, outreach and social connection opportunities.

We understand that living at home helps to maintain a sense of wellbeing and quality of life. Our secure tenure accommodation gives tenants stability and the confidence to feel safe, secure and settled.

We operate three Independent Living sites in inner Melbourne. All are close to local amenities, health services, parks, shops and public transport.

To be eligible for the BSL Independent living accommodation people must:

  • Be aged over 55 years
  • On a low income – on an aged care or disability pension with few assets
  • Not be a property owner in the past two years
  • Be fully independent with all activities of daily living
  • Able to attend their own medical appointments.

The sites are close to BSL headquarters in Fitzroy

  • Millott House– nine furnished bedsitters with shared laundry facilities
  • Palmer Street – 10 one bedroom flats
  • Sidney Myer House– 15 rooms each with an ensuite, shared kitchen, a spacious common living area and laundry facilities.

Disability access

Please note, some of our independent living accommodation is located upstairs without access for people with physical disabilities.

The designated welfare worker from the Coolibah Social Connections and respite team provides the following support for residents:

  • Supervision and support of living arrangements
  • Welfare and social support needs
  • Access to Coolibah Social Connections Hub
  • Emergency and after-hours maintenance issues.

Domestic Assistance

Get the support you need around your home to keep it just the way you like it.

Some of the everyday tasks we can assists with are:

  • Washing, ironing, mopping or vacuuming.
  • Changing the sheets, folding and putting your clothes away or assisting with odd jobs.
  • House cleaning to help keep essential living areas tidy and safe.
  • Shopping – flexible shopping options such as a support worker shopping with you, going to the shops while you stay at home or providing assistance with organising online shopping and home delivery.
  • Sorting and organising – we can help you organise your home to maximise safety and comfort.

Community Connection

Supporting you in getting out and about to stay connected. From social clubs and outings to interesting hobbies and pastimes your Home Care Package can enable you to pursue things that are meaningful to you. Staying connected to the community is integral to maintaining physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re feeling isolated or lonely, our team can check-in on you regularly to offer companionship and make sure you’re well. Some of the options include:

  • Attend a group outing
  • Visiting your local park, gardens or beach
  • Visiting your friends and family
  • Going out for a meal with friends
  • Joining a social group
  • Joining a class or course
  • Getting to an appointment
  • Day trips

Diet and Nutrition

Assistance with meal preparation and one-on-one support to increase confidence and skills with cooking. We also provide access to a wide variety of meal delivery services. Support with individual dietary needs required by health, cultural, religious or other reasons is also available.