Welcome to Richardson House
Richardson House is a 21 bed aged care facility located in Barraba NSW. We are an 'ageing in place' provider catering for both high and low care residents.
Richardson House is overseen by a local volunteer board—Barraba District Retirement Homes Association Incorporated—which is a not-for-profit, independent organisation.
Built by the Community for the Community
Over a ten month period the Richardson House committee raised $140,000 for the erection of our Facility which was originally a retirement home built to prevent locals having to move away from family and friends in Barraba when they reached a point of being unable to look after themselves.
Advised at the time by the Department of Social Security that it was impossible for such a small community to raise the amount of money needed the committee dug their heels in and with the support of the community raised the funds required. With the assistance of the Governments $2 for $1 subsidy Richardson House was built and officially opened in 1983.
The facility has grown over the years from a hostel style environment where residents assisted with many of the day to day requirements to an “Ageing in Place” high care provider that employs 30 local staff injecting over one million dollars in wages into the Barraba Community as well as supporting several local businesses.
Richardson House is now at a point where some of our current residents who were a part of this mammoth fundraising efforts and also served on the Richardson House Board over the years are able to reap the benefits of their hard work and dedication towards getting this facility up and running.
Richardson House is currently accredited by the Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission until December 2026. Our most recent accreditation took place in 2023 and Richardson House achieved an outstanding result meeting all 8 Aged Care Quality Standards.
Here at Richardson House we strive to provide a safe, welcoming and happy environment for our residents. We are dedicated to the well being of our aged care family, which is demonstrated through our professional care-program, clean and pleasant accommodation, high-quality catering, home-style menu, broad and engaging recreational calendar, loving and qualified staff, coupled with a program of continuous improvement for our facility.
Richardson House strives to deliver the highest quality of clinical care, while giving our residents a home like atmosphere.
Our Facility Manager is Joanna Bridges. Jo joined us here at Richardson House in September 2019 and brings with her over 20 year's nursing experience. Jo is born and bred in Barraba and her local knowledge of the town and it's people is of great benefit to us here at Richardson House.
During her career Jo had the opportunity to also work in different departments of health including Community Health, quality management, education, health promotion, aged care and emergency as well as working as the acting HSM at Barraba MPS.
Jo and her family spent 12 months in 2013 nursing in the Pilbara WA at Port Hedland working for Pilbara Community and Aged Care. During the time there she was involved with visiting small Aboriginal communities working alongside a Gerontologist. Jo also resided for 12 months in Darwin working as a manager at an 85 bed Aged Care facility.
Jo's ultimate goal during her nursing care has been to always provide care at the utmost high standard, to be kind, caring, compassionate, honest and reliable to those who come under her care in a community that is her home.