Services at Garrawarra Centre

Welcome to Garrawarra Centre

Garrawarra Centre is an accredited Residential Aged Care Facility and has a capacity of 120 Dementia Specific beds.


Located in Waterfall, approximately 43 kilometres south of Sydney and 44 kilometres north of Wollongong, in a natural bush setting, the Centre is one of the few purpose-built, dementia specific facilities in New South Wales. Person Centred high level care is provided for people with a primary diagnosis of Dementia who exhibit challenging behaviours and cannot be accommodated in a main stream nursing home, and require a safe and secure environment. Residents may remain with us on either a permanent or respite basis.

Our teams complete specialist dementia training, equipping them with strategies to enhance quality of life. This training teaches them to put the resident first. We refer to this as person-centred care and it ensures that the resident is treated as an individual.

Residents are housed in one of four purpose-built cottages. Each cottage has 20 bedrooms, 10 single and 10 double, and can house a total of 30 residents. The living areas are comfortable comprising two lounge rooms, two dining rooms, two courtyards a kitchenette with a central garden connecting the wings of the cottages.

We endeavour to maintain a home-like appearance and atmosphere where residents are free to move around as they wish. Security of cottages is maintained by a discreet electronic locking system, which is activated by a keypad. All cottages have air conditioning for heating and cooling, to enhance comfort in Summer and Winter. All rooms have an Ensuite, with each Cottage having two master bathrooms.                        

Specified care and Services for Residential Care.

Information about the services that are provided for all care recipients that need them is available on the following link and also available within the Garrawarra Centre- Resident and Accommodation Agreement.

The Centre employs a half time Geriatrician, in partnership with The Sutherland Hospital. General Practitioner’s visit three times a week, the residents are also free to use any General Practitioner they wish.

We have a Physiotherapist and an Exercise Therapist employed to enhance the quality care of the residents and to identify any residents that are a potential falls risk.

Garrawarra Centre has an extensive Diversional Therapy Program that provides residents with a range of recreational and social activities to suit their individual interests and abilities. Activities are implemented in groups or on an individual basis and include; bus trips, sensory garden walks, sporting activities, arts & crafts, monthly entertainers and special events such as ANZAC day Services and cultural celebrations.

Garrawarra Centre is accredited to provide the Music and Memory program. The Program helps create connections with people. It is a powerful way for family and friends to share music together, to remember stories and experiences.

A variety of religious services are held onsite which includes both group services and individual one on one time.

Garrawarra-garden-300.pngThe Carers Garden has been developed as a picnic area for Residents and their families. The garden houses play equipment for children, the Centres beloved chickens and rabbit, and men’s shed for tinkering. Pets are always welcome, and you often see the family dog enjoying the beautiful garden walks.

Hairdresser available on site, you can make an appointment with our hairdresser or use your own hairdresser.