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    BlueCross Gardenia

    Quality and continuity of care
    set near the open spaces and
    parks of bayside Chelsea


87 Argyle Avenue,
VIC 3196
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Phone:03 9776 0799

Fax:03 9776 0500

Enquiries:1300 133 414

Residence Manager

Jennifer Garrard

Client Services Manager

Rachael Amos


Permanent Care
Dementia Care
Ageing in Place
Number of places available
Permanent Care
Dementia Care
Ageing in Place
Number of beds

BlueCross Gardenia in Chelsea, provides quality permanent, respite (short term aged care in a nursing home) and dementia care for 73 people.

With Bicentennial Park at its doorstep, and the local RSL, bowls clubs, beach and shops of Chelsea just a short distance away, Gardenia is well connected to the local community.

The residence itself features secure, manicured gardens outside, tranquil décor inside and quality amenities, all of which make it a comfortable home.

Our highly qualified clinical services staff and our personal care attendants are attentive to all your needs. 

We are proud of our record of continuity of care (ageing in place) at Gardenia and invite you to come and be a part of our warm community.


BlueCross Gardenia is arranged into two wings, with each featuring a main lounge and dining room. There is also a communal library, hair salon and multipurpose room, plus quiet sitting areas and self-service tea and coffee stations.

Recently refreshed, the Norman Marshall lounge with its comfortable seating and light filled aspect, is perfect for relaxing with craft projects or entertaining your visitors over morning or afternoon tea.

Residents will enjoy the fragrances and textures of the new sensory garden in the high care wing. For residents in the low care wing a large central courtyard offers spaces to relax and unwind in the fresh air, enjoy barbeques, and spend time with visiting therapy pets.

BlueCross Gardenia overlooks the netball courts of the local sports centre, while to its east the walking paths of Bicentennial park and the wetlands provide opportunity for bird watching.


BlueCross Gardenia provides 73 rooms with Standard Single Share, Standard Twin Share, Standard Private, Superior and Superior Parkland view accommodation. Rooms at Gardenia may overlook the front garden beds, the boundary garden, the neighbouring parkland or netball courts or the central courtyards and sensory gardens while some enjoy private access to the courtyards.

Descriptions of the four room types and the associated costs are detailed on the link below.

Room descriptors & pricing


To ensure the highest possible quality care, our Residence Manager oversees a team of dedicated and qualified care professionals, including a Clinical Care Coordinator, nurses and personal carers.

Our care model is flexible and responsive to individual care needs even as they change, including the provision of specialised nursing care and palliative care if needed. This person-centred approach is designed to support each resident to maintain their dignity and independence wherever possible.

We are committed to consistency and quality of care and implemented an initiative in 2016 to reduce (and ultimately cease) use of agency staff in our residences. This means our nurses and carers are regular staff who know the residents and are familiar with their needs and preferences.

We also work with a range of partners on programs to support social, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing to ensure the best overall health outcomes for each resident.


At BlueCross Gardenia you’ll find our leisure and lifestyle program well-developed and packed with activities such as walking, physiotherapy, poetry appreciation, outings, and armchair travel.

At BlueCross Gardenia enjoy activities such as bingo, word games and movie matinees in the lounge rooms, while gas fireplaces in these areas add cosiness in the cooler months.

BlueCross Gardenia’s landscaped courtyards boast winding pathways, garden beds and striking garden features as well as places to enjoy barbecues. Nature lovers will savour the diversity of birdcalls on quiet weekdays, and you’ll relish being able to watch nearby sports games without having to venture far from the peace of your backyard.

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At BlueCross Gardenia we’re committed to your health and wellbeing and our service reflects this.

We also offer hairdressing services in our hair salon so you can enjoy the feeling of being pampered and groomed on site, plus podiatry and other allied health services as required.

At Gardenia, you’ll enjoy homemade and nutritious meals freshly prepared by our onsite chef, to ensure a healthy and satisfying diet is maintained.

BlueCross residences provide a high level of hotel services, with laundry, gardening, housekeeping, cleaning and maintenance all included.


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