The Good Shepherd Home is located in a delightful setting on the banks of the Ross River with the award winning Palmetum providing a spectacular backdrop. The immediate area is also home to James Cook University and The Townsville Hospital. Major shopping and motel accommodation are within easy distance of the Home.
The Home offers both permanent nursing home and hostel style accommodation as well as short term respite care. A day respite centre also operates for the benefit of community clients.
Becoming a Resident
Who is a Volunteer?
Volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. They bring with them a great deal of life experience and special skills and qualities. They may be members of the local community, church groups, schools, pet therapy groups, entertainment groups, ethnic groups, indigenous communities and corporate bodies.
No formal qualifications are required for most of the volunteer positions, just a warm and willing heart, a cheerful nature and a few hours of your time.
Fees & Charges
Whilst the Home receives part funding from the Australian Government, all residents are required to contribute towards the cost of their care.
There are four types of fees you may be asked to pay depending on your personal circumstances:
- Daily Care Fee
- Income Tested Fee
- Accommodation Charge or Bond
- Extra Service Fee
All Residents are required to pay a daily care fee, which contributes to their daily living costs. This is dependant on whether they are in receipt of a means-tested pension from either Centrelink or the Department of Veterans Affairs. Daily care fees increase in line with pension increases and the Consumer Price Index.