The Cottage


Canberra's premier short-term respite option for carers of people with dementia run by Carers ACT.

Carers ACT, Manager
Phone 1: 
(02) 6285 2082
(02) 6296 9999
Postal Address: 
117 Denison Street
Inner south metropolitan Canberra, 7 minutes from city centr
Accommodation details
Room facilities: 
Air-conditioning, colour TV, ceiling fans, heaters, microwave, phone, self catering, refrigerator, electric oven, electric dishwasher, electric lifter (hoist), commode, wash chair, meeting room available for hire
This is a self contained house. Common room/lounge, kitchen, laundry and two disability designed bathroom facilities are shared by guests in the four bedrooms. The kitchen is designed to be used from a seated position and is
Access facilities: 
Two bedrooms. Front door entry to reception area is level and free of steps. Wheelchair accessible parking (min width 3200mm with 2500mm height clearance). Level access from carpark to unit, clear door space of min 800mm, door has lever handle and is easily opened from seated position (handle 900-1100mm), clear space inside room at doorway to manoeuvre wheelchair. Space in room/unit between furniture to turn wheelchair (min 2250mm x 2250mm). Single in one bedroom, double in on bedroom. Space alongside bed for transfer (min 800mm), bed and other furniture can be moved to provide 2250mm x 2250mm along one side of bed. No details on height of main bed, no details on space under bed, no details on whether bed can be raised. Coathanging space within reach from seated position 1350mm and tea making facilities within reach from seated position (table or bench 750-850mm). Bathroom/toilet door easy to open with one hand, min door space of 800mm, no lip or step between bedroom and bathroom greater than 5mm, space to manoeuvre a wheelchair (min 2500mm x 1900mm), space beside toilet for transfer 900mm, grab rail beside and behind toilet at 800-810mm, facilities useable from a seated position, switches and power points 900-1100mm, mirror 900-1850mm, knee space under handbasin (at least 680mm to floor) without a cupboard or other object, lever type taps. Shower recess is level and free of hobs, steps or sliding door tracks, clear entrance into the shower of at least 800mm, shower recess wide enough to manoeuvre chair (min 1100mm x 1160mm in shower) plus a minimum 1400mm x 1400mm space outside shower, freestanding shower seat, grab rails in the shower between 800-810mm, hand held shower nozzle within reach from a seated position, lever type taps between 900-1000mm. There are food outlets nearby which are accessible or would deliver meals.
Opening hours: 


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