Welcome to Vela

PresCare is a Ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland and has been caring for Queenslanders in their communities for over 90 years.

Vela is one of the most established aged care facilities in Queensland. We offer excellence in all aspects of care, including our specialities in the sub-acute, palliative and dementia fields. PresCare strives to explore new concepts in care, and we provide consumers with choice and control for living well and independently. Our people take pride in their flexibility and range of residential and community services.

A place that you can call home…

In the bustling Brisbane suburb of Carina, you’ll find PresCare Vela – 154-bed residential facility which also includes a 30-bed special care unit for those diagnosed with dementia.

All of Vela’s single rooms have en-suites, air-conditioning and ceiling fans and some (on an upper floor) have balconies. Each wing contains cosy lounge and intimate dining areas, alongside well-appointed activities areas, all designed to nurture a sense of community and encourage connection and friendships.

We’re more than an aged care facility…

Family and friends of our residents are always welcome to visit and are encouraged to make full use of the facilities such as the BBQ area, our beautiful lush gardens, the cinema or our purpose built function room. Not forgetting our very own Explorers Café (with a children’s play area), which is located in a picturesque garden courtyard and open 7 days a week.

Other amenities at Vela’s residential facility include a fully-equipped gymnasium in which our physiotherapist provides tailored care to residents, plus a private chapel and on-site chaplain.

Communal BBQ area

With a BBQ area both residents and family can laugh, eat and reminisce over good times. The BBQ area can also be used for special occasions such as birthday, anniversaries or celebrations.

Beautiful gardens

Our landscaped gardens enable our residents and their families to stroll through our facility, in a safe and tranquil environment.


Our residents are treated to movie nights, where they are entertained in a cinema environment to a movie of their choosing.

Explorers Café

Our popular café is open to both residents and family. The café is at the centre of our facility and is a location where residents catch up over a cup of coffee or tea. The café area can also be used for special occasions.

Full-equipped gymnasium

Our gymnasium is available to all residents, it provides a safe environment for them to keep fit at a pace that suits them.

Private Chapel

Our chapel is a place where anyone can spend time in reflection, all residents can avail of our resident Presbyterian Chaplain who is there to cater to anyone’s spiritual needs.  Additional religious services are also catered for.

What we can offer

Our facility at Vela, like all PresCare facilities, has a pleasant home-like atmosphere with trained staff catering to the needs of our residents. Our facilities are fully accredited with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

Vela’s residential care package includes:
  • Care planning and ongoing assessment
  • Catering, cleaning and laundry services
  • Care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Pain management and therapy services
  • Palliative care
  • Consultative decision-making
Visiting health service providers include:
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacist and Pharmacy Services
  • Dietician
  • Geriatrician
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Podiatrist
Vela’s lifestyle programme includes:
  • Exercise programs, stay-on-your-feet exercises, daily walks and Tai Chi
  • Foot spas and massages
  • Concerts
  • Shopping trolley and shopping days
  • Bus outings
  • Social and wellness activities
  • Spiritual care

Your new home from home awaits…

At Vela, two things are at the heart of everything we do: providing a caring and friendly atmosphere where residents are involved in decisions relating to their health, care and social needs; and making sure that our care and services are based on the needs, preferences and choices of the people in our care.

Care and services at Vela are provided by qualified, highly trained and skilled staff. Our registered nurses are trained to provide palliative care as well as general nursing care, working closely with general practitioners, geriatricians, medical specialists, nurse practitioners and allied health staff. This ensures that those who prefer to stay in the home when unwell are able to do so instead of being admitted to hospital.

We pride ourselves on providing a caring and friendly atmosphere where residents are involved in decisions relating to their health, care needs and social needs. Vela’s Resident Liaison Officer acts as an advocate for residents and assists them with day-to-day lifestyle requests.

PresCare Vela honours your individuality and dignity

Find comfort in knowing that in the Vela residences you will be offered excellence in all aspects of care, including specialties in the sub-acute, palliative and dementia fields.  

All this provided by one of the most established aged care providers in Queensland.

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Aged Care Review and Testimonial

The palliative care service is a very important part of their service when the time comes, as it must.

PresCare Vela