Dowell Court - Ivanhoe East

Opening in 1969, Benetas Dowell Court overlooks the lush Ivanhoe Park. Located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the facility is known for beautiful, sunny sitting rooms and highly qualified staff.

Benetas Dowell Court has a theatre room, large piano room and landscaped courtyards for quiet reflection. Activites include bus trips to local areas, dart games, visits from students from the local schools and much more.

Dowell Court

159 Lower Heidelberg Road
Ivanhoe East
VIC 3084
44 places, ageing in place
Respite available subject to availability
24/7 nursing
Beds Available: 
Yes available
Low Care: 
Yes available
High Care: 
Yes available
Dementia Specific Unit: 
Not available


Dowell Court has single rooms, with internet connections. Residents are welcome to bring their own furniture when they move in, such as a favourite chest of drawers or armchair for reading. Benetas provides a bed. Many rooms have views overlooking the courtyard gardens.

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Room pricing

As a not-for-profit, Benetas is committed to providing accommodation to ensure Victorians have access to the services they need. Services can be charged by payment of a Maximum Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD), a Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) or combination of both RAD and DAP as shown below.
  • All prices listed are per person and are negotiable and we welcome supported residents.
Please contact the Benetas Customer Centre for more information. *Pricing effective 1 January 2018.

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  • Room Type One
    Room Name:
    Standard Room
    Room Type:
    Single room + shared bathroom
    Maximum Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD):
    Maximum Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP):
    Combination example 50%
    RAD: $212,500
    DAP: $33.30
    Key Features Statement:

    Some rooms have lovely courtyard, garden or street views, depending on the location of the room. Some rooms have close access to common areas, including a living area, dining room, sitting room, large balcony and kitchenette. All rooms have built in robes and are fully lockable for resident privacy. All rooms have a shared bathroom with one other resident only. Rooms are approximately 12m2 in size.

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Courtyard gardens provide plenty of opportunity for enjoying the warmer weather and raised garden beds ensure residents can continue to indulge their green thumbs. A wide range of visitors can be regularly spotted at Dowell Court, ranging from primary and high school students to members of the local parish and dedicated volunteers. Cosy lounge rooms are perfect for gathering together with other residents or family and friends.

Regular activities take place, as do outings and there’s even an annual holiday for residents. Our volunteers help provide residents with ongoing links to the wider community.

Meet Eleanor, a Lifestyle and Community Coodinator for Benetas

Food and Diet

At Benetas Dowell Court we are proud of the delicious, healthy meals we prepare for residents and their guests. Cooks work closely with nutritionists and dieticians to ensure all meals prepared fulfil nutrition requirements. We use fresh produce in all our kitchens and cater to cultural and religious requirements, and aim to please all individual tastes. Benetas Dowell Court holds regular ‘food forums’ for residents and kitchen staff to discuss new ideas for the menus.

Meet some of our kitchen staff

Staff and volunteers

We encourage our staff and volunteers to bring a pastoral sensibility to their roles, to listen to and be truly present to our residents. Our specialist team of non-denominational Pastoral Care Practitioners provide individualised and ongoing spiritual and emotional support. In addition, through our Lifestyle Program, denominational visitors and volunteer companions foster an ongoing connection with our residents’ chosen faith tradition and provide church and chaplaincy services.

Learn more about Benetas team members.

Meet Max - a resident at Benetas Dowell Court


Are you prepared for residential aged care?

To be prepared for the move into a Benetas home plus to determine some of the costs for your care and whether you qualify for additional Government funding, you should apply for the Government's Combined Assets and Income Assessment (valid for 120 days prior to moving in). Benetas welcomes people without this Assessment, as you may choose not to apply but instead pay the full costs for your care needs and accommodation.