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50 years of Martin Luther Homes

Thursday, October 17, 2019

It was in 1969 when members of the German community gathered to put a spade into the ground at a little known property in Boronia, which today is one of Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs. 

Half a century on and Martin Luther Homes is an award-winning aged care provider that offers a variety of age services and is home to almost 200 people.

To celebrate the big anniversary, staff and residents got together to plan a fest that was organised around a live entertainment show that was one of a kind. Residents from the retirement village, as well as the aged care centre, got together to perform sketches, songs, poems, and even "Schwabenstreiche", which requires a very German-specific sense of humour.

Earlier in the day, the new Myrtle Wing was officially opened by many dignitaries, including past and present board members. The two German Pastors Christoph Dielmann and Peter Demuth blessed our residents and staff. As a powerful symbol, a myrtle tree was planted in the new gardens that now connect the old and the new.

An absolute draw-card early in the day was a panel talk on the History of Martin Luther Homes. There was a vivid exchange of names and memories between our four panel guests and the audience. And although it has been five decades, some still remember the day like it was yesterday.


The sun was out all day, the festival tent packed to the rafters, and the food stalls and cake bazaar busy for hours. Simply a perfect setting for wonderful catch-ups and talks for people who have not seen each other in years.  

However, in spite of all the good conversations, the sensational weather, and the yummy food, the absolute highlight was the live performance by our residents. After more than three months of rehearsing, the show has taken on a life of its own and there was something in it for everyone.

On the big stage, poems were recited, songs sung, and sketches performed. And in the end, everyone had a great day, many laughs, and perhaps even made some new friends.

We would like to thank all our residents, volunteers, and everyone else who has helped us to make Martin Luther Homes' 50th Anniversary a success. 

Thank You - Dankeschön!

If you understand German and you want to find out more, simply listen to a comprehensive radio report by SBS German.


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Martin Luther Homes recognised by aged care peak body

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

June Hodge, Birgit Goetz & Eva Panousopoulos.

Martin Luther Homes are proud to announce that we have been recognised for our work in the aged care sector at the LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards.

We were nominated and named finalists for the Rising Star as well as Organisation Award Vic/Tas. The 2019 Tri-State Conference was organised and hosted by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), which is the national peak body representing all providers of age services across residential care, home care, and retirement living.

Martin Luther Homes CEO, Birgit Goetz, was accompanied by our Director of Clinical Services, June Hodge, and by our nurse Eva Panousopoulos who was nominated as a ‘Rising Star’ of the aged care sector.

“To be recognised a second year in a row for our innovative Care Apartment© concept was yet another confirmation that we are on the right track. We constantly try to re-invent ourselves and our services. It is great to see that our industry peers agree, and that the strong focus on our residents is a winning strategy.”

Director of Clinical Services, June Hodge, agrees and she also stressed how moving it was to see one of her most outstanding nurses stand up on the podium. Eva Panousopoulos joined Martin Luther Homes just over a year ago and she has quickly become a successful leader who inspires others to always give their best, every day.

“We knew from the start that Eva would be our Rising Star, regardless of the outcome tonight. People like her are the backbone of our aged care centre and of the industry as a whole.”Eva Panousopoulos (2nd from left) is confirmed as a finalist for the Rising Star Award.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney congratulated all nominees, finalists, and winners for their outstanding efforts and the contributions they make daily, not only to the industry but to the lives of the older Australians.

“Our industry has countless passionate professionals, volunteers and organisations who don’t generally look for thanks or praise. It is their dedication and professionalism that make up the backbone of our industry,” Mr Rooney said.

Martin Luther Homes CEO, Birgit Goetz, also congratulated the winners of the night and she confirmed that award ceremonies are not only a great event to celebrate the work we are all passionate about, but to also exchange views and experiences with other aged care sector leaders. 

 

 

 

 

We are recruiting nurses and a physio

Thursday, January 03, 2019

The new year will be a big one for Martin Luther Homes, as we are expanding our facilities. New residents also mean that we require more passionate and skilled people to join our team. So, always keep an eye out on our website or on our Linkedin Account to find out if we have the right position for you!

This is your chance to join our physiotherapy team. You will work under supervision but also get the opportunity to grow in your role and make it your own.


Currently, we are recruiting a nurse (RN grade 2/ EEN) as well as a new physiotherapist. Both positions are part-time and located at our nursing home in Boronia/ The Basin. 

You have until the end of January 2019 to apply.

For more details, please go on the following websites:

Physio OR Nurse  


Best of luck with your application and we hope to hear from you soon!

 

 

 

 

Season's Greetings and a meal not to be missed

Monday, December 17, 2018

Martin Luther Homes wishes all its residents, their families and friends, and our lovely staff a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We are very grateful for the past twelve months, for the memories shared and the conversations that enriched us all. We are looking forward to 2019, which is going to be an even busier year, with the new wing of our aged care facility opening and many more residents and staff joining us.

However before the start of the new year, we are setting up the tables for a very special Christmas lunch. Our residents, their friends and family, are invited to book a table by December 20. Booking is essential!
 

Enjoy your meal, the festive season and the start into the new year!

Your Martin Luther Homes Team,


Please note: Our reception and admin team will be on leave from, and including, 24.12. - 1.1.2019

Knox Mayor embraces Martin Luther Homes

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Martin Luther Homes staff and residents had a fantastic time at the recently held Knox Active Ageing Expo. It was the first time Knox City Council put on this event and we believe it was an outstanding success and drawcard for senior citizens in the outer east of Melbourne.

Martin Luther Homes was represented with an engaging stall by Deputy Clinical Manager Steven Yan and Customer Liaison Officer Evelin Martin. Both were not only delighted by the attention they had received from many locals, who wanted to know more about the services and facilities Martin Luther Homes provides, but also by the time Knox Mayor John Mortimore dedicated to our stall. Mortimore literally embraced our staff and confirmed that, as a long-term Boronia/Basin resident, he knows our home all too well.Steven Yan, Knox Mayor John Mortimore & Evelin Martin.

Yet, not only staff were telling interested visitors more about the benefits of choosing Martin Luther Homes as an ideal place to retire, but also our residents themselves. Lifestyle Coordinator Birgit Gisler was in charge of organising transport for residents to get to the expo safely. She confirmed that the Martin Luther Homes bus was booked out quickly and that residents truly enjoyed the information provided at the many exhibition stalls that were all centred around the aged care industry including health, activities as well as volunteering. MLH residents and staff at the Knox Active Ageing Expo.

Another highlight, however, were the engaging talks and the beautiful catering that was provided for exhibitors and visitors alike. Hopefully, there will be another Active Ageing Expo next year that we are more than happy to participate in.



German Week at Martin Luther Homes

Monday, March 26, 2018

It was a first for all, when the Australian-German Welfare Society announced that a German Week will take place in March. After successful launches in Brisbane and Sydney, it was now Melbourne’s turn to showcase some of the many great organisations and clubs that represent the German community in Victoria.

Without hesitation, MLH CEO Birgit Goetz decided to participate in the event by organising an open day at the picturesque Boronia site, in Melbourne’s outer east. Although the short notice and the mid-week timeslot for the open day presented a challenge, staff, management and residents pulled their resources together to put on a great event and friendly reception for locals, potential staff members and, most importantly, future residents.


Customer Liaison Officer Evelin Martin was not only happy with the public’s interest in everything MLH has to offer, but she was also particularly thrilled about the “quality” of the visitors on open day. After only a few tours of the facilities, Ms Martin confirmed that up to two independent living units were already spoken for by lunch time.

To find out more about Independent Living at MLH, click here or call 9760 2100.

However, the open day as part of German Week did not only attract visitors who were interested in making the beautiful retirement village at the foothills of Mount Dandenong their future home, but also a media representative, who covered the event on behalf of national broadcaster SBS.


Reporter André Mathias spoke to residents to find out why they chose to spend their retirement at this unique place that is more like a village than a conventional aged care facility. The journalist also spoke with General Manager Ralf Pelz, who told him that his new role at MLH is a new challenge that he particularly enjoys, due to the location of his new workplace and its open-minded multicultural nature.


Although the open day 2018 went by much too quickly, the week of excitement continued at MLH with a special visitor from Canberra. German ambassador Dr Anna Prinz paid the home a visit to meet, among others, resident Clara Werner, who will turn 102 years of age in May, and who still enjoys her daily life in her own unit, surrounded by friends and like-minded neighbours.

Resident Clara Werner with German ambassador Dr Anna Prinz.

However, in addition to her official representative duties, Dr Prinz didn’t shy away from joining in a lively sing-along with Pastor Christoph Dielmann, who put together a musical journey through Germany. In addition to German folk classics, English chants could also be heard across the centre, including the all-time favourite ‘when saints go marching in’.

Pastor Christoph Dielmann takes MLH residents on a musical journey across Germany.

MLH’s participation in Melbourne’s inaugural German Week was a successful event that brought together residents, staff, and the wider community for two joyous events. MLH CEO Birgit Goetz confirmed that this first instalment will surely be followed up by another event in the coming years.

 


 

 

 


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