The Arlington 'Community'
It is important that new residents and their families understand and accept our commitment to fostering a harmonious, respectful and 'social' community spirit at our home, which involves residents, their families, management and staff. Therefore, we hold extensive discussions with families and, if possible, prospective residents, before any offer for admission is made. This ensures we are able to provide the individualised care and services required, and the resident and family will feel comfortable in our home.
(find out more by using the link to 'How to become a Resident')
Thornbury and its surrounding suburbs have been changing quite dramatically in recent years, attracting younger, often professional, people into up-graded, renovated older homes, or new town-house or apartment developments. Inevitably this has been followed by High Street becoming more cosmopolitan with 'trendy' coffee shops, restaurants, and an eclectic variety of retail options.
However, the older generation of migrants who originally settled in this area, continue to live here. These migrants arrived here primarily from Italy and Greece, but also other European countries, worked extremely hard, bought property and ensured their children's options and opportunities were better than their own had been.
This generation is now reaching an age of needing care, either at home, or in a residential facility.
Our residents come mainly from Thornbury and surrounding suburbs, either because they have lived here for decades, or their children have moved here and wish their parent(s), or grandparent(s) to be accommodated in close proximity.
It is due to the diverse cultural and ethnic origins of our residents and their families, that our home enjoys a truely multi-cultural ambience with a distinctly 'Mediterranean' influence.
- Residents and families celebrate many different cultural and religious traditions, eg -
‘Multi-cultural Days’ featuring the culture, food, and music of various countries
Islamic 'Eid' with chanting of the Koran and traditional Middle Eastern food prepared by family members
Christmas lunch with traditional European 'festive' food
major social events, for example ‘Cup Eve’, St Valentine’s and St Patrick’s days, and other ‘spontaneous’ occasions as they arise.
Because of the small, intimate size of the home and the frequent celebratory events, families are able to enjoy the companionship of other residents and each other, and often form quite close relationships, which continue even after discharge of a resident. Family members continue to visit quite regularly, participate in celebratory events and appreciate that they are always welcome in our home.
Family members are closely involved in all decisions regarding a resident's care, services, or lifestyle choices. They are able to use a variety of avenues, including family conferences, formal/informal meetings with management or care staff, or consultations with contracted health care providers.
Their involvement is crucial to ensuring residents receive care & services in accordance with their assessed needs, choices, decisions and preferences, and are enabled to enjoy maximum quality of life whilst living at our home.