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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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50th Anniversary Celebrations

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

We are proud of our heritage and what we have achieved over the past 50 years. Martin Luther Homes has become a leading aged care provider in Melbourne's outer east and we want to celebrate this important milestone in style.

You, your friends and family are invited to celebrate with us on Saturday, October 12! From 11 - 4 pm.

There will be plenty of live entertainment, a cake bazaar, a German-style BBQ, a concert, and a panel talk that gives you insights into the interesting history of Martin Luther Homes. 

You will also have the opportunity to take a ride with 'Herbie' our unique Innovation Car that we have designed and engineered especially for our residents.

We hope to see you all at Martin Luther Homes, 67 Mount View Road, The Basin.

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

Martin Luther Homes - Construction Update

Monday, May 28, 2018

SJ Higgins builders have commenced their work on our new aged care facilities by erecting two portable cabins on the Arcadia Avenue car park site. For your safety, extensive fencing has also been put in place alongside Arcadia Avenue, to prepare for demolishing.

Please do not use the pathway from the independent living units through to Arcadia Avenue car park, which is also blocked off for the remainder of the construction period. The entire construction period is scheduled to take about twelve months.

During the time of construction, there is no staff, resident or family parking available off Arcadia Avenue. Instead, there is access for a 10-minute drop off and pick up for residents, families, doctors, ambulances, taxis and waste management.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during the construction process.




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