The Assisi Centre was founded over 20 years ago in the early 1990s when the leaders of Melbourne’s Italian community recognised a need to set up specialised aged care services to support Melbourne’s fast-growing elderly Italian population.
As a result, the Assisi Centre was established as a not for profit religious and charitable aged care organisation. The Assisi Centre was able to obtain the beautiful Rosanna Road property, a 1920s Sisters of Mercy novitiate convent. The Commonwealth Government granted the Assisi Centre 120 residential aged care beds; the first 90 beds were opened in 1993.
The latest $21Million upgrade increases the capacity to 150 beds, showing our commitment to offering the best and most up-to-date services for the Italian community. There are plans to further expand our services, including an on-site retirement village with a wide range of attached amenities.
As a not-for-profit Commonwealth-accredited aged care provider, we are governed by a committee of management of 12 members of Italian background from Melbourne’s business and cultural community. We look forward to being the preferred option for accommodation and care services for Italians in Melbourne for years to come.
We understand that the decision to enter an aged care home is difficult for all concerned. We see these situations every day, and most of us have been involved ourselves. Entering aged care is a significant life choice, often made when least expected and usually decided by the family as a whole.
Part of our mission is to try and help you any way we can at all times during the process. Our Family Support Program is one of the ways we can help during the transition. In the end, the Assisi Centre team wants every resident and family to feel very much at home, looked after and well cared for.
Our values are best covered by the word “respect.” For us, this stands for:
- Residents and families first
- Excellence in service and care
- Staff development
- Professionalism at all levels
- Empathy in the workplace
- Customer service
- Teamwork and team building