By booking into Leo’s Place you can focus on your health and wellbeing by resting, reflecting a little, and recharging your spirits. There is a booking process, but we can help you through it.
Warm and welcoming
Leo’s Place is situated nearby but not too close to the bustling café and restaurant strip in Braddon and the house is set on a large block in a leafy suburban setting. Spacious inside and with established gardens, it is the perfect setting to take a break and re-energise. Our staff and volunteers will ensure guests are comfortable and content.
All meals are provided and prepared by our caterer who use locally sourced ingredients and cater for a range of tastes.
Each guest is individually assessed before they come to stay. This ensures we understand your unique needs. Our team want to make sure we do everything we can to make your stay extra special.
Trained and qualified staff from Palliative Care ACT will be your host. Our staff are the key to the success of the service. They are all experienced and qualified in providing individualised care and will always value a guest’s right to respect and dignity.
Our staff and volunteers want all guests to feel at home and they will work diligently to create a welcoming and relaxed environment.
Leo’s Place is a new innovation in supportive care – caring for people with a life-limiting illness and their carers – established by Palliative Care ACT and supported by the ACT Government and the Canberra community.
the master with a king bed, sofa bed and ensuite bathroom
two rooms with double beds, and
one room with a double bed and a king single.
Leo’s Place has a support worker ratio of one worker to four guests with an illness Our accommodation allows for family members to stay too if they wish, or a carer can stay while their loved one is looked after at home.
There are three bathrooms – an ensuite in the master bedroom, a shared bathroom and a third for staff and other visitors.
Leo’s place prides itself on offering a delicious and varied menu professionally catered by local business Eat Your Words Catering. Just like at home there are no set meal times or schedules. We talk with you about your preferences before you arrive and if you want coffee at 5 am and dinner at 10pm – or sauce on everything – we will happily accommodate you.
All meals are provided and prepared by our caterer who use locally sourced ingredients and cater for a range of tastes. Carers can eat with their loved one too, for a low cost.
If you enjoy a BBQ that is also an option – weather permitting!
Guests are also welcome to use the kitchen facilities themselves, or even order in a pizza or Uber eats as they would at home.
We would like you to treat Leo’s Place as your home away from home – even to the extent of having visitors and other supports (carers, community nurses, GPs, etc.) come to see you here, as they would at your place. Just remember to give them the address…as we don’t publicise the address to ensure privacy and safety.
There is a trained staff member at Leo’s Place 24/7 who in case of an accident or emergency event will call the appropriate emergency services to attend as well as the manager if outside business hours.
All guests staying at Leo’s are asked to provide an emergency contact who will be notified of any event or issue of concern when the primary carer cannot be reached.
If applicable, copies of advanced care plans are held at Leo’s Place to be given to ambulance or emergency services so guests wishes are communicated and respected.
Absolutely, our guests are encouraged to treat Leo’s Place as their home. You are welcome to come and go as desired. Many guests enjoy a stroll through the neighbourhood and local parks, or go with a friend down to Lonsdale Street for a coffee.
Leo Sutton is the late husband of Palliative Care ACT’s patron, Shirley Sutton, AM PSM.
Leo was a very generous man who supported many charities. Together he and Shirley made a formidable team and their fundraising gained momentum over time. They fundraised to provide much needed equipment to the:
Home Based Palliative Care service
first hospice in the ACT on the Acton Peninsular
current hospice – Clare Holland House
Palliative Care Association of the ACT
Leo’s support for quality palliative care continued until his death in 2017. The Board of Palliative Care ACT chose to acknowledge his contribution by naming the first non-clinical respite facility in the ACT ‘Leo’s Place’.
Guests and carers are invited to take part in a research study being conducted in partnership with the University of NSW. The research is overseen by Associate Professor James Connor from the School of Business at UNSW Canberra.
The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and benefits of Leo’s Place in providing respite services.
Financial and performance reports are also provided biannually to the ACT Government.