Polish Retirement Home

Australian Polish Benevolent Association Inc.

3 Percival Street, Bayswater, Victoria, Australia 3153

Tel.: (03) 9720 3575 Fax: (03) 9720 9105





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Services and Activities


The Polish Retirement Home offers a 24-hour personal care service. Dedicated and professionally trained staff provide day to day personal assistance, such as:

  • Getting in and out of bed

  • Bathing, showering and toileting

  • Dressing, undressing and grooming

  • Assistance with meals

  • Moving around the hostel and grounds

  • Supervision with medication

  • Counselling

  • Regular hairdressing services are also available.

A medical practitioner is available once a week. Residents may choose their own doctor if they wish and visits to specialists are arranged. Allied health services, such as optometry, pediatry, pharmacy, physiotherapy (if prescribed by a doctor) are also arranged. '

Our Hostel like any other ethno-specific Hostel in comparison to mainstream aged care facilities is the “Polish” nature and atmosphere created by a Service provided by Polish people for Polish people. The cultural and linguistic needs of our Residents are not just “additional” criteria within the way our services are delivered. It is as we term it the care of cultural care principle of our organization.

General Services

In General, we have continued to improve the high level of personal care, which is directed towards the individual needs and well being of each of our Residents.

• Dr. Eric Choo provides regular medical services to the Residents on-site once a week and is “on call” every day and night. Should a specified medical service be required, this is arranged through the visiting practitioner. Personal and family contact with the visiting medical practitioner is encouraged.

• Other key services are available by arrangement on site at the hostel such as pharmacy, optometry, physiotherapy, podiatry hearing and domiciliary dental services.

• Royal District Nursing Services is arranged on a need basis.

The hostel also provides on-site Kiosk, which allows Residents to purchase such items as sweets, toiletries and other personal items.

Food plays a cultural role within an elderly person’s life. For that reason our Hostel emphasizes that the food prepared and served to our Residents meets the “Polish palate”.

Dietician has been contracted to advise on nutrition and diabetic menu.

Our ‘team’ ensures that a full menu of traditional cuisine is served.
Pastoral Services

Religion, Faith is an important element in the lives of elderly Poles. The Fathers of Society of Christ Order provide religious services for Roman Catholic Residents; the Holy Mass is conducted every Saturday and other Catholic Church celebrations.

Appropriate chaplains provide other Religious ceremonies.

Families and individuals from local Polish Community are encouraged to participate in these services.

A c t i v i t i e s

Resident enjoyment and an improved lifestyle is a major focus of the Polish Retirement Home. Activities include exercise, walks in the hostel gardens, shopping, lawn bowls, games, etc. Entertainment comprises Polish films and videos, singing and dance evenings, discussions on various topics, and food tastings.
Families and friends are encouraged to visit as often as possible, and to continually take part in the residents' lives. This includes dining together (visitor meals are provided at minimal charges), and taking residents for trips and outings.
We ensure that residents' spiritual needs are met. On-site religious services are held weekly and on holy days. Residents regularly meet their respective Chaplains from all denominations.

Five - times a week, “activities” sessions are being conducted. During these sessions the Residents enjoy light physical exercises, reading of novels, newspapers – Polish and Australian, discussions, dancing and singing, playing games like cards & bingo, walking in the gardens, bowling , English Language lessons , aromatherapy and ‘Happy Hour” etc.

One to one sessions of “Talks” have also been introduced specially having in mind Residents who suffer from depression and loneliness.

During the year (seasonal) bus excursions are organized to neighbouring parks, shopping centres & restaurants and to festivals like Dutch Tulip Festival at Silvan.

Also during the year, and approaching Christmas time, the Residents make decorations for the Christmas tree.

At Easter time traditional painting of eggs is taking place. Finished products are usually displayed in our dining room and lounge for all visitors to admire.

All the services are very beneficial for the Residents – for their mental and physical health.

Our Activity Programs are very well planned for indoor and outdoor activities – and individually implemented.

Special Events

On the 29th of October 2003 Polish retirement Home was celebrating 10th years of it’s
existence. All residents, COM Members, Staff Members and volunteers have taken part in the celebrations, The Management welcomed everyone reminding that Polish Retirement Home was initiated by Polish community to provide quality of care for the older Members of the Polish community.

Like every year special events become a tradition i.e. celebration of Christmas Eve and Easter in Polish tradition in the company of the visiting clergy, staff members and the Committee of Management and their families.

Traditional food is served and gifts are presented to the Residents.

Fund raising events have become also a tradition like on 31st December – end of year Dinner dance, BBQ and Garage Sale.


M e a l s

Polish cuisine is our specialty. Ali meals are served in the dinning room, including three main meals and morning and afternoon tea. Meals are provided within residents' rooms in case of illness and/or incapacity


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Australian Polish Benevolent Association Inc  Reg.No. A0012947E  ABN: 25 010570

3 Percival Street, Bayswater, Vic 3153  Ph: (03) 9720 3575     Fax: (03) 9720 9105

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