I'm so happy when I see our residents making friends and making an effort to learn about other people's cultures.Fronditha Executive GM of Residential Services, Jim Scantsonihas
Fronditha Care has celebrated a decade of serving Newcastle's seniors.
The Mayfield facility was built in partnership with the Hippocrates Australian Greek Aged Persons Association (HAGAPA) and has since welcomed hundreds of seniors through its doors since its opening in January 2010.
The 66-bed facility is the only Fronditha Care home outside of Melbourne and is quite unique in its model of care.
It is the first residential aged care home of Fronditha Care that looks after a multicultural community, rather than the usual Greek speaking community it cares for in Victoria.
The facility has multilingual staff and offers a unique activity program that celebrates the multicultural origins of its residents.
Fronditha Care Executive GM of Residential Services, Jim Scantsonihas, said the Mayfield facility was a bit of a gamble for the those involved when first proposed, as it was the first time the organisation trialled a more multicultural model of care.
"We decided to test the waters and we're so glad we did," Mr Scantsonihas says.
"I'm so happy when I see our residents making friends and making an effort to learn about other people's cultures."
Over the past ten years, the facility has made itself a part of the community.
The local Greek community is a major part of the facility's day-to-day as they are neighbours.
The HAGAPA's activity hall on the same site as the care home welcomes the residents frequently to participate in their events and keep our elders connected to the community.
Residents are also encouraged to stay connected to their favourite Newcastle places through the regular weekly bus trips.
Fronditha Care's HIPPOCRATES residential aged care is offering tours for interested families.
Please contact (02) 4016 4160 or visit 30 Crebert Street, Mayfield East, NSW, 2304 to book.
For more information about services offered, visit www.frondithacare.org.au.