Eldercare Trowbridge House was established by the Congregational Homes for the Aged. In 1977, it joined Uniting Church Retirement Homes; now known as Eldercare.
The two-storey facility enjoys a welcoming and homely atmosphere with staff continuously working to deliver peace of mind to residents and their families.
Trowbridge House is located in the north-eastern suburb of Payneham close to Portrush Road and Glynburn Plaza. The facility is easily accessible by public transport with several bus stops located on neighbouring roads.
The Adelaide CBD and premium shopping precincts Burnside Village and Norwood Parade are also a short drive away.
Trowbridge House features 64 single rooms with the majority featuring private ensuite bathrooms. One of the four wings at Trowbridge House is a secure Memory Support Unit and is specially designed to support residents living with dementia. A secure, established sensory garden can also be accessed from the Memory Support Unit. Eldercare’s award-winning Dementia Excellence Program is practiced throughout the facility and fosters genuine person-centred care.
The manicured garden at the main entrance features arches and benches and forms part of Trowbridge House’s extensive gardens. Sheltered entertaining areas and barbeque facilities also provide opportunities for residents to spend quality time with family and friends.
Doctors and allied health professionals, including a physiotherapist and podiatrist, visit regularly. A physiotherapist also supervises the on-site gym, which features specially-designed equipment for older people and offers opportunities to build strength, increase fitness and improve mobility.
Trowbridge House’s hairdresser is available one day per week in the on-site hairdressing salon and a beauty therapist visits monthly offering nail care, massages and facials. These services are available at additional cost.
A dedicated chef prepares all food on-site daily with a two-course meal served for lunch and a three-course meal served in the evening. A cooked breakfast is offered one day per week with a continental breakfast served throughout the rest of the week.
As Trowbridge House is home to residents from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, the Lifestyle team has created an activity program, which is continuously refined, to ensure residents’ interests and preferences are satisfied.
A wide variety of group and individual Lifestyle activities are held which include regular bus outings, concerts, BBQ lunches and performances by the Trowbridge Singers. Special events include the annual visit to the Royal Adelaide Show, where several residents are exhibitors, and Christmas events which include a carol ‘singalong’ and a bus trip to see the Christmas lights. Trowbridge House’s strong volunteer network provides invaluable and consistent support for the Lifestyle Program.
Family and friends are encouraged to play an active role in the social life of the facility and relatives’ meetings and newsletters are used to foster two-way communication between staff, residents and their loved ones.
Trowbridge House has a relationship with a local primary school where the residents often reminisce with the children while sitting outside in the gardens. While at Trowbridge House, the students also rehearse their school plays, sing Christmas carols and celebrate events and cultural days such as International Youth Day and Mother’s Day.
Large print and listening books are available courtesy of the Payneham Library and in-room internet access allows residents to connect with their loved ones and ‘surf the web’. iPads are also available for residents to connect with their heritage by reading literature in their first language and viewing images of the countries where they were born.
Trowbridge House also has a dedicated Chaplain who is available three days per week to provide emotional and spiritual support to residents and their families.