My aunt stayed at Jasmine Lodge for three months due to reduced mobility requiring a wheelchair. I visited her weekly during this time and based on her experience and what I have seen during visits, I highly recommend Jasmine Lodge as a superb aged care home where residents are treated with dignity and respect in a lovely environment. Owned and run by Mr and Mrs Zhu, Jasmine Lodge is a purpose-built facility that provides excellent care and support for the aged and those with a disability, at a very reasonable price. Home to about 40 residents, Jasmine Lodge is located on Mount Dandenong Road, close to Ringwood East railway station.
While this is not a high-care facility, or suitable for those requiring a high degree of medical attention, it compares very well to similar aged care homes in the area, and offers wound management, blood pressure monitoring, a locum doctor and 24-hour on-call medical assistance. A podiatrist and physiotherapist visit by appointment. Residents maintain their autonomy with a separate room for each person including an en suite, and rooms are cleaned regularly. My aunt thoroughly approved of the meals, which are served in a large and pleasant dining room. Help with bathing and dressing is provided where necessary, and laundry can be done for a small extra charge.
Jasmine Lodge boasts a library, many peaceful nooks and pleasantly decorated, comfortable seating areas, and a charming courtyard with trees, garden, and plenty of chairs. Activities such as cards, games, movies and crafts take place regularly, they have weekly church services and visits by a very affordable hairdresser.
Mr and Mrs Zhu are lovely people as well as dedicated and experienced aged care providers. They are able to help with arranging patient transport and purchase or hire of wheelchairs and walking frames. Most importantly, they genuinely care about their residents – Mr Zhu visited my aunt in hospital and brought her flowers. The residents themselves are very friendly and sociable with each other and with visitors. Above all they seemed content and relaxed. Although pets are discouraged, a couple of residents do have cats.
I have no complaints whatsoever about Jasmine lodge – after just three months my aunt referred to it as “home”, and I have enjoyed my visits there. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality aged care facility in the outer east.