The aim of the Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Home is to provide comfortable and supportive, low cost accommodation to patients and their carers coming to Melbourne for hospital treatment.

Any hospital in Melbourne is eligible to refer patients and carers to the home for accommodation. Initial bookings must be made or confirmed by a doctor, liaison nurse, social worker, or other professional at the treating hospital.  Residents who have previously stayed at the home may make subsequent bookings directly themselves to attend hospital appointments or treatment.

We accept patients claiming TAC, Workcover and State Patient Transport Schemes. The cost to residents is kept to a minimum and is usually tied to the amount claimable from Workcover, TAC or the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme of their home state. Eligibility and payments vary from state to state.

Upon your arrival we will do our best to notify you of our accommodation costs and/or the various claim requirements.  If you are in any doubt regarding accommodation costs please to not hesitate to speak to Angie or Nicky in the Office asap.

We accept cash or cheque and have EFTPOS facilities.  We do not provide invoices to residents; however, upon payment we do provide receipts.

If you are staying less than 5 nights we ask that you pay yourself prior to departure. If eligible you may then claim back the accommodation cost from the relevant government department.

Those staying longer than 5 nights may be able to have their accommodation Bulk Billed. If eligible we ask that these arrangements be made early in your stay to ensure all the required paperwork is in order.

Here is more information on the Government Assistance Schemes

If you have made Bulk billing arrangements for your accommodation and you wish to claim your travel home on weekends mid treatment you are required to pay $25 per room per night for those nights you will be away.

There is also a $20 key deposit payable at the time of checking in and fully refundable when returning the key upon checking out.

The Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Home relies on this accommodation income together with support from many community groups, particularly in country areas, for their continued operation. The home does not receive any government financial or other support and do not seek it, as we prefer to be independent as far as possible.  The support of service groups and individuals from towns whose residents have benefitted from the home have helped sustain our operations.  Many former residents remain active supporters.