In 1987 the first mobile phone call was made in Australia, petrol was 37 cents per litre & Kylie Minogue married Jason Donovan on Neighbours.

In 1987 the norm was that when you hit a certain age, or needed help to live independently, you moved out of the comfort of your own home and into residential aged care.

Sounds crazy doesn’t it?

A group of like-minded caring individuals certainly thought so.  They knew from their own experiences with loved ones that if given a choice a person would always prefer living on their own terms in familiar surroundings.  Rather than just lament about the way things were, they decided to do something about it.

In 1987 Better Living Homecare was born.

Better Living Homecare has grown substantially from its humble beginnings 30 years ago. While a culture of innovation has lead to continual improvement our core values of integrity, respect and trust have remained the same.

Michael

Managing Director

Why do you do what you do?
Before home care I spent my working life in senior financial positions for large companies. At one point I realised I needed a much more fulfilling career. Now I spend my days surrounded by hard working individuals who are actively changing people’s lives for the better. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

What are your passions/hobbies?
First and foremost I am passionate about Better Living. It gives me great satisfaction to be part of an organisation full of people who strive every day to improve the lives of those who need assistance. In my spare time I like to keep fit and spend time with my family.

Any pets?
We are the proud owners of a Max, an unusually quiet dog who can always be found sleeping by the front door.

Name 3 things you love about your local community?
The Sunday market, the community spirit and the beautiful parklands.

Simone

HR Specialist

Why do you do what you do?
I went into aged care because I saw firsthand how caregivers could improve a person’s wellbeing. My grandma, who had health issues, was socially isolated prior to receiving support. It made me realise how amazing the people in these roles were and what an incredible difference they could make.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I love walking, reading, movies but most of all, spending time with my family.

Any pets?
I have a fabulous Pug dog called Merlot.

Name 3 things you love about your local community?
I love the cultural diversity, parklands and the schools.

Kamilia

Care Manager

Why do you do what you do?
I enjoy my work as it gives me the chance to support others and make a difference in their lives. It’s my way to give back to the community.

What are your passions/hobbies?
Music, art and kickboxing.

Any pets?
I have a dog called Pouchie, a Maltese Shih Tzu.

Name 3 things you love about your local community
I love my multicultural and diverse community, with plenty of restaurants that offer very different and delicious food.

Mary

Care Manager

Why do you do what you do?
It’s nice going to work every day knowing that I’m helping to improve the lives of others.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I like undertaking DIY projects, reading, and I’m a self-confessed sci-fi geek

Any pets?
I have two adorable whippets called Molly and Bella and two cats called Lilly (the couch potato) and Jett (who thinks he is a dog).

Name 3 things you love about your local community?
I love the location (near the hills), I have amazing neighbours and I love the old fashioned sense of community.

Donna

Care Manager

Why did you choose to work in home care?
I like that I have the ability to make people’s lives better.

What are your passions?
I love reading and running, just not at the same time!

Any pets?
I have a gorgeous Shiztu Maltese terrier called Maggie.

Name 3 things you love about your local community?
The beach, the running/walking tracks and the council resource centre.

Ann

Care Manager

Why do you do what you do?
I find it highly rewarding to help others get the support they need to remain independently living at home.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I enjoy time with my family, travel and going on walks.

Any pets?
Ellie, our much loved Labradoodle.

Name 3 things you love about your local community?
Friendly locals, good community spirit and the green spaces

Jolanda

Care Coordinator

Why do you do what you do?
When my stepfather became ill I stepped in to help him. I realised then how satisfying it was to assist others in their time of need. From that time I’ve been working in aged care.

Passions hobbies
I’m an avid traveller and I’ve been all over the world. When I'm home, I love cooking. I also love following current affairs. I find it very entertaining.

Name 3 things you love about your local community.
I’m lucky to be in a new development so everything is new and fresh. I’m also very close to my family and surrounded by parks. I feel very lucky to live there!

Maria

Care Manager

Why do you do what you do?
I am committed to assisting the elderly to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The elderly have a lot to offer in terms of experience and people often forget that.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I love reading and spending time with my large family.

Any pets?
I have a very cute Shih Tzu puppy called Evie, an American Bulldog called Rupert and Stella the cat.

Name 3 things you love about your local community?
I love living in the Yarra Valley with its abundance of trees, beautiful landscapes and fresh air.

Leanne

Care Manager

Why did you choose to work in home care?
I’ve been in the Community services (aged care) industry for 17 years (holding a number of different roles with various organisations). As we age, I believe that we should be able to ‘do it our way’. I hope that my small part in this industry assists our clients to do this.

What are your passions?
I’m involved in Calisthenics. I coach, mentor young coaches & support my daughter. I also love AFL footy and support the Bombers. I have two totally gorgeous grand-daughters who I’m very involved with (yes they also do Calisthenics).

Any pets?
One very spoilt fluffy cat.

Name 3 things you love about your local community?
There's lots of trees and it's far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city but close enough to get there easily when I want to. I also love that we have lots of good cafés and the friendly people. Best place in the world!

Our Care Managers

Managing your Carers and Services.
Our Care Managers play an important role in the wellbeing of our clients.

They are the people who help you set up a Care Plan, answer any questions you have, change things when need be and do the required paperwork to keep things running smoothly for you.

When you call in, you’ll be speaking directly with your Care Manager, who will know you and your individual situation. You will have met them in person so you’ll know them too.

At Better Living Homecare you will never be speaking with a big call centre or be treated like a number.  Our Care Managers are there to ensure you get the personal care you need.

Our Carers

Exceptional care starts with exceptional Carers!
We think our Carers are pretty special.

Each of them shares a passion to create a positive difference in their client’s lives.  They are friendly, personable, compassionate, respectful and highly motivated to work in this important role.

They are also highly qualified.  Each holds current first-aid and CPR certificates, police checks and working with children checks where necessary.  All of our Carers attend mandatory training on a regular basis to enhance their skills.

While we have many great Carers we choose the one best matched to you. We know from experience that complimentary carer/client personalities lead to the highest level of satisfaction. When we complete a Care Plan with a client one of our top priorities is to match personalities.  It makes sense too.  We are happier when we are around people who understand us and appreciate our company.

With Better Living Homecare you can be assured that the right Carer will be chosen for you and that they will be fully qualified. They will arrive at your door smiling and with energy to provide the highest level of care possible.

What our clients say

I switched to Better Living Homecare and can’t say enough good things about them. It’s been such a different experience to what I had with my old provider. I pay less in fees and get more care now. They listen and I’m treated like a person. My only is I didn’t switch sooner!

Kate FClient

As a mother, I always felt it should be me to care for Henry. However I have found it harder to do so as I’ve gotten older. I was recommended Better Living Homecare by a friend in a similar situation. I’m so happy I gave them a try. Henry is very happy and well cared for. I also now have time to take care of myself too.

Amanda TMother of Client

After ringing around I was certain that this Provider had the best fees but honestly I was unsure if they were good. I thought that higher fees equaled better care. I was wrong. We have felt listened to and they have been a wonderful help to my mum.

Dorothy GDaughter of client

Call us on 1300 307 344 to discuss your home care needs with our care experts

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