Guests praise VMCH’s aged care model

Villa Maria Catholic Homes staff were excited to welcome visitors from Singapore to tour one of its aged care communities.

A delegation from Saint Theresa’s Home, a residential aged care residence in Singapore, visited VMCH’s Shanagolden Residential Aged Care, in Pakenham, in early June. The delegation was travelling around Victoria to study different aged care models. 

Shanagolden Manager, Jenni Colliver, said it was a great visit and staff welcomed the opportunity to show them around, answer their questions and enjoy some morning tea with the Singapore visitors.

“We told them about our work with the Montessori principles in aged care and they were very interested to hear about this.” Jenni said.

“They are travelling around the world to study different models of aged care, so it is very exciting that they reached out to us to learn about what we do.”

Saint Theresa’s Home Deputy Executive Director, Joshua Chui, said he saw the interesting work going on at VMCH when he was researching models of aged care. VMCH’s aged care model appealed to him because of its shared Catholic values and he felt Saint Theresa’s could learn a lot from a larger organisation. He was also interested in Shanagolden’s co-located retirement community. 

“We’re planning to build a new facility – a hybrid of independent living as well as high care needs. We learnt a lot from our visit to Shanagolden. I think it’s an excellent care model.”