Polish Retirement Home

Australian Polish Benevolent Association Inc.

3 Percival Street, Bayswater, Victoria, Australia 3153

Tel.: (03) 9720 3575 Fax: (03) 9720 9105  E-mail:  apba@apba.org.au




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Welcome to Polish Retirement Home

Witaj w Domu Polskiego Emeryta

Dom Polskiego Emeryta w Bayswater, Victoria, usytuowany u podnóża Gór Dandenong specjalizuje się w opiece nad polskimi Seniorami.  Dom oferuje: 24 godz. opiekę, polską kuchnię, personel mówiący po polsku, zajęcia w języku polskim.  Po więcej informacji w celu zapisania się na listę oczekujących lub z wizytą prosimy o kontakt z kierowniczką Domu, Marylą Piasecką pod nr. tel. [03] 97203575. Nasz adres:  3 Percival St., BAYSWATER, VIC. 3153

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 Polish Retirement Home (Dom Polskiego Emeryta)

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 our residents are the central core principle of our hostel. Our professionally trained caring personnel provide 24-hour care to maintain dignity, self-respect and independence of resident. We are a flexible and multilingual service, including English, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian and other Slavic languages being spoken by our 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.

"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 our service.”


The Polish Retirement Home upholds the following principles:

  • Civility

  • Efficiency

  • Equity and Access

  • Confidentiality

  • Flexibility

  • To be continually updating our professional knowledge

  • Respect the opinions and ideas offered and stated by members of the Polish community

  • Loyalty to our responsibilities

  • Open Communications within Committees and with Residents and Staff

  • Obligation to make the Community aware of our activities and services

  • Accessibility of our services and cooperative relationships with other community services


Hostel's occupancy

 Thanks to advertised methods such as in Polish Weekly, Radios SBS Polish language program and Community Radio 3ZZZ we were able to keep our Hostel of 30 beds (29 permanent and 1 respite) fully occupied.  Respite bed is also available for short term stay. (365 days at 63 days entitlement for every estimated booking).

We provide extensive care to our Residents as long (as mentioned previously), as it is possible.  We are exercising the same policy “Aging in Place” as are the majority of other age care facilities – in many cases reaching the care given what were previously described as in nursing homes.

Appropriate assessments and transfers are arranged when the extensive care becomes too much or the hostel facilities proved to be  inadequate to carry out the essential treatment.


New Initiatives

As in previous years -  we work in accordance to Accreditation Standards  implementing ongoing improvement in our day-to-day care:

  • Personal Care – Residents Classification – ACFI  as Aged Care Funding Instrument.

  • Personal Care Workers Training – appraisals of professional understanding and consequently performance.

  • Continuous Quality Improvement Committee.

  • Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

  • Infection Control.

  • Updating Policies and Procedures.

  • Activity Programs : Mobility program, Falls Prevention Program etc.

  • Physiotherapy.

  • Staff training. On site  : First Aid & CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation training).

  • Manual Handling Training, Fire Safety training. 

  • Food Safety program – audit and Certificate was achieved.

  • Residents’ Committee.

  • Medication Review / Advisory Committee.


G e n e r a l   S e r v i c e s

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 if required.  Any specified medical service can be arranged through the visiting practitioner ,if required.  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 services, domiciliary dental services, beautician services  and relaxation massages.

 Royal District Nursing Services is arranged if required.


Special nature of the hostel

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  principle of our organization.

Cuisine:  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 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  our 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 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. Gazebo and walking paths around the Hostel provides excellent outdoor activity. Our Activity Programs are very well planned  – and individually implemented.


Admissions and Fees

For permanent or respite stay at the Polish Retirement Home, an assessment has to be obtained from an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) team, through a referral from a doctor or a community worker.
Fees and charges are payable in accordance with Government legislation.
Permanent residents pay an Accommodation Bond based on Commonwealth government means test assessment.. The residue of the bond is refundable on departure. Full pensioners without assets pay 85 per cent of their prescribed pension.
Respite care residents are not required to pay an Accommodation Bond.
Medication and other expenses, such as chemist, podiatry, dentist, hairdressing are paid by the resident.
Detailed information on bonds and fees is provided on request.


 Daily Care Fees  as per January 2018

  •  Full Pensioners / Part Pensioners  - basic fee:   $49.42 per day
  •  Income Tested Fee: Residents may be charged extra up to $10.66 per day depending on their income assessed by Centrelink Assets Test .
  •  The basic daily fee increases in line with Age Pension increases in March and September each year.  
  •  Resident Aged care Accommodation Fees are payable monthly in advance from the date of entry to Polish Retirement Home in Bayswater.
  •  As an alternative, payments can be remitted using EFT to the credit of our account at Commonwealth Bank:  BSB 063010  Acc. Number  10121083
  •  Australian Polish Benevolent Association of  Vic. Inc.
  •  We can also accept cash payments or by cheque payable to Australian Polish Benevolent Association of Vic. Inc. and mailed to : 3 Percival St.,   Bayswater  , Vic., 3153
  •  Accommodation Bond - RAD - Resident may be charged up to $400,000 – depending on their assets/ payable during first 28 days – then interest of 5.70% applies. to be paid into Comm. Bank Acc.: BSB 06 3010 Acc. No. 10184770
  • Acc. bond/RAD   is fully refundable if the Resident leaves the facility.
  •  The way the accommodation bond is paid may affect your pension in the future. It is recommended that financial advice be sought in relation to the best payment option.
  •  The Australian Government’s free Financial Information Service is available through Centrelink. It provides information about using your money to best advantage and how the pension income and assets test work.  Centrelink can be contacted on  12 23 00. 

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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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