Amanda Williams believes there are few jobs that carry a greater weight than those that bring with them responsibility for the lives of Australia’s active seniors.
Since entering the aged care profession eight years ago, Amanda has worked across three Aveo communities, the latest being her current role, that of Community Manager at the award-winning Aveo Fountain Court retirement village in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood.
And it is clear she takes her obligations to her charges extremely seriously.
“These people have lived very good lives and worked hard, giving to their families and the community. Now it is up to us to make sure that their retirement is a special time for them,” she says.
Having now been at the Aveo Fountain Court community for around a year and a half, Amanda says there are a multitude of reasons why her community continues to prove a major drawcard for those looking to settle into their forever home.
The community, which last year celebrated its 25th birthday is currently home to around 130 independent living units and 42 Freedom Aged Care apartments. When at capacity it can accommodate up to 260 residents with provision for an additional 80 residents in the community’s onsite apartment block.
Close to major shopping centres, medical facilities, and Melbourne’s CBD, Burwood Highway is within close proximity, allowing for easy access to and from the community.
With a staff of around 20 spread across the community, entry into the community is competitive with prices starting at around $650,000 for a two-bedroom independent unit and $400,000 for a Freedom Aged Care apartment.
Amanda says that aside from its superb location which is close to the tramline, shops and other services, the community is best known for its stunning acreage, well-appointed facilities and the “warm, caring culture” of the people who make up what she terms a “very special community”.
“I know that every manager thinks their community members are very special but the people here really are. Once people move in they tend to comment on how friendly, warm and caring the other residents really are.
“I had a new resident comment just last week that he thought the feel is like that of a golf club instead of a retirement community. People are so friendly and come because they want to be here,” she says.
Within close proximity to a number of allied health services, the community also boasts a raft of services available within its grounds including a visiting hairdresser, podiatrist and physiotherapist.
Conveniently located within a nice nine iron of Box Hill Golf Club or the nearby Bennettswood Bowls Club, the community also offers a number of inhouse activities to those who call Aveo Fountain Court home.
Wellness-type activities range from walking groups to group exercise classes while disciplines such as Tai Chi, table tennis, croquet, indoor bowls and snooker are also offered onsite.
Amanda says for those who prefer to let their creative juices flow, the community also hosts craft, knitting, cards, scrabble, trivia and men’s group activities as well as a range of off-campus activities including trips to the movies and various other entertainment options.
Considered a very social community, school groups visit regularly while those who prefer to meet new friends over a beverage or two are also well catered for with an onsite restaurant and daily happy hour offerings.
Amanda says she feels privileged to work with such great people in such a beautiful community.
“We are beautiful community that feels great to come home to. The drive in from the main road feels like you have found a little piece of heaven as you leave the hustle and bustle behind. The gardens invite you in. The people, who are welcoming, accepting, caring and down to earth make you glad that you have chosen Aveo Fountain Court.”
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