The Ryder-Cheshire Victorian Homes Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that runs the Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Home. It occupies buildings in Donaldson Street, Ivanhoe, to provide short-term residential accommodation for country, interstate and occasional overseas patients who must attend various Melbourne hospitals for serious, urgent or ongoing medical treatment, together with their carers.
The first residential building of the home was opened in 1981 because research had indicated that there was a desperate need for this kind of accommodation, together with a caring atmosphere, at an affordable cost for individuals and families in crisis.
The home is serving this need as we have a more than 90% nightly occupancy, despite our capacity expanding to three buildings. The home accommodates more than 15,000 bed nights each year involving more than 2,500 individuals.
We operate 365 days of the year and are often fully booked.
To give you a better understanding of our purpose and impact you may wish to read A Safe Haven which relates the individual experiences of twelve residents of the Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Home. The home becomes a safe haven for people from diverse backgrounds, who are often experiencing a serious personal crisis. These stories provide deep insight into the suffering and loneliness faced by many people as they cope with the circumstances of their own illness or that of a loved one. They also provide an insight into the ethos of the home in fulfilling Leonard Cheshire’s and Sue Ryder’s mission for the relief of suffering. Above all, A Safe Haven is a story of hope conquering adversity. All proceeds of the sale of this book go straight back into the running and maintenance of the home.