Polish Retirement Home

BAYSWATER  VIC

Australian Polish Benevolent Association of Victoria Inc

Polish Retirement Home


Polish Retirement Home
3 5 Percival Street BAYSWATER 3153


Location




3 5 Percival Street , BAYSWATER , 3153, VIC

Residents: 30

Type: Community Based

Provider:
Australian Polish Benevolent Association of Victoria Inc

Polish Retirement Home
Accreditation Status: Accreditation Report
Source: Aged Care Quality and Safety Agency


RAD/DAP Conversion

        Select RAD Amount: $

%

        Lump Sum RAD Paid : $

DAP :$20.20 per day

Interest rate (MPIR) is: 8.36%pa
(effective 1st July 2024)




Need Accommodation and Care Services?

Do you need respite care, convalescent care, or permanent care for a loved one at Polish Retirement Home?

Are you seaching for an immediate vacancy in an aged care home in BAYSWATER or surrounding suburbs?

If the time to transition to an aged care home is necessary, we're here to guide you through the process.

Our knowledgeable team will carefully identify suitable local aged care homes. We'll arrange facility tours to suit your personal calendar to enable your decision-making, handle all the paperwork (including Pre-Admission and the Services Australia/Centrelink SA457, SA485, SS313 Forms), and provide valuable support as you undertake this important activity.


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The Polish Retirement Home was built and opened in 1993 thanks to the generosity of the Polish community in Victoria and the Federal Government. It is a government subsidised Hostel, operating to approved standards set by the Federal Department of Health and Aged Care. The Polish Retirement Home is administered by the Australian Polish Benevolent Association (APBA) of Victoria Inc. APBA is a non-profit community organisation established in 1986. With a Victoria-wide membership, its Committee of Management is elected annually.

The Polish Retirement Home is a modern purpose built hostel for the elderly members of the Polish community. The cultural and linguistic needs of the residents are the central core principle of the hostel. the professionally trained caring personnel provide 24-hour care to maintain dignity, self-respect and independence of resident. They are a flexible and multilingual service, including English, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian and other Slavic languages being spoken by staff. Accommodating 29 permanent residents and one respite resident, the Polish Retirement Home offers bright, spacious, comfortable and relaxed living within a warm and friendly environment. Respite care is offered for short stays (63 days in a financial year) and is often a good way to be introduced to long-term hostel living. For the majority of elderly people the transition from the family home to a new way of living can be daunting. It is difficult to leave their home, which holds many memories. The neighbourhood is familiar and family and friends often live close by. However, in some cases, moving to a hostel is the right and best decision. It means moving into accommodation shared with other elderly people. More importantly, it means receiving the help and support to live comfortably and securely.

Mission of the Polish Retirement Home

"Our Mission is to provide quality and customised residential care facilities and services to the Polish elderly and disabled in a culturally and linguistically appropriate setting. The Polish Retirement Home contributes to the quality of life and independence of those within the Polish community who are the most vulnerable and in need of assistance. Respect and understanding are the basis of the service.”

Special Nature of the Polish Retirement Home

The Polish Retirement Home 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 the Residents are not just “additional” criteria within the way the services are delivered. It is as we term it - the care of cultural principle of the organisation.

Cuisine: Food plays a cultural role within an elderly person’s life. For that reason the Hostel emphasizes that the food prepared and served to Residents meets the “Polish palate”. Dietician has been contracted to advice on nutrition and diabetic menu.

As previously Residents are always invited to have a main input into the daily menus through meetings with kitchen Staff to make sure that a full menu of traditional cuisine is served in accordance to Residents preferences. Fresh products from local organic farms were introduces throughout the year.

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.

Special Events: 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, Residents families ,Staff members and the Committee of Management . Traditional food is served and gifts are presented to the Residents at those special events. Fund raising events have become also a tradition like Annual Fete in Oct / Nov each year.

Five days a week - “activities” sessions are being conducted. During these sessions the Residents enjoy light physical exercises, sitting dances, reading of books/novels, current affairs - Polish and Australian newspapers, discussions, dancing and singing, playing games like cards & bingo, walking in the gardens, bowling , English Language lessons , aromatherapy , cooking sessions , etc.

New activity “Mindfulness” provided by polish speaking psychologist , Mrs. Hanna Gorski helps to decrease anxiety, improves social connections and assists with breathing techniques.

'Music Club' is also very popular among Residents, it is providing relaxation and musical stimulation and a lots of fun. Residents continue with pleasure to take part in Mobility Program and Falls Prevention Program . They enjoy daily walks through walking paths around the Hostel. Those programs greatly improved Residents health and are promoting independence. Every Wednesday Residents participate with a group called “ Prayer and Sing along Group”. During this session Residents pray, sing religious, scouts & patriotic songs. This session usually attends 95% of Residents. Staff Members ensure that every Resident has been provided with emotional support on daily bases to promote their wellbeing in the facility – during ‘One to one’ sessions.

Through the introduction of Pet Therapy - Residents have been enjoying a company of two beautiful cats -Maciuś and Sisi- which has provide them with ‘home like atmosphere’, and now a new friend , a dog called Bentley. During the year (seasonal) excursions are organized to shopping centres & restaurants.

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 the dining room and lounge for all visitors to admire. All the services are very beneficial for the Residents – for their mental and physical health. Gazebo and walking paths around the Hostel provides excellent outdoor activity. the Activity Programs are very well planned – and individually implemented.


MPIR increased to 8.36%

From 1st July 2024, the Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR) has increased to 8.36%

This small increase is due to the RBA's decision to maintain the benchmark rate for the past few months.

Economists predict a benchmark rate cut before Christmas 2024, suggesting that the MPIR has peaked and may start to reduce.

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Negotiating the Fees

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Admission Forms

Making sure that all necessary paperwork is completed correctly and submitted in a timely manner.

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Aged Care Star Rating System


Where can I find the Star Ratings?

From , the Government has started to use the STAR RATING system for registered aged care homes (new homes will be allocated a Star Rating after 12 months of operation).

Star Ratings are displayed on the Aged Care Provider Search within the My Aged Care website.

The Star Rating is based upon 5 levels with the middle rating denoting only a minimum baseline of ‘Acceptable’ care quality and services.


Continuous Improvement

The Star Rating System has revealed that 41 % of aged care homes are performing at a 5-star (excellent) or 4-star (good) level.

Star Ratings also reveal that astonishingly 5 % are performing below the minimum standards set, receiving a dismal and disturbing (Improvement Needed) or (Significant Improvement Needed) Star Rating.


Star Rating Support

We support full public disclosure of those aged care homes that are making the effort to exceed the regulated standards and community expectations.

We also support the naming of aged care homes that do not currently provide quality levels of aged care services to the frail elderly and vulnerable members of our community.

The Star Rating system is a key component of the aim for continuous improvement to our aged care system.


Total Homes in each Star Rating level



Excellent
54 homes
2.16 %



Good
964 homes
38.56 %



Acceptable
1357 homes
54.28 %



Improvement Needed
119 homes
4.76 %



Significant Improvement Needed
6 homes
0.24 %



TOTAL Homes 2500