The first facility that will address the lack of culturally respectful and inclusive home for Filipinos living with dementia was launched on 7 November 2018 at St James Terrace, Warrigal Rd, Cheltenham.
The Grand Opening was officiated by Cr Steve Staikos, Mayor of City of Kingston and Dr Maurice Sanoza, Geriatrician of Dementia Society of the Philippines.
Filipinos living with dementia has layers of barriers accessing culturally respectful service that will enhance their quality of life. Existing services must be open and willing to develop a culturally inclusive program.
The Australian Filipino Community Services (AFCS) was looking for a service partner who has the capacity and willingness to tailor their program to meet individual client needs.
When St James Terrace opened its doors for a public tour, AFCS managers spoke to St James about the possibility of a weekend program for Filipinos.
Then Maharlika Lodge was conceived.
“We believe we can make a difference in this Filipino wing to Filipinos Living with Dementia and their Carers,” Norminda Forteza, AFCS Managing Director said.
The service is a social Support Program run as a weekend respite and fortnightly day activity centre. Special features are bilingual staff, Montessori-based program, cultural reminiscence and music therapy.
Filipino food is prepared fresh every session.
Those interested to obtain more information on Maharlika Lodge may contact AFCS on telephone (03) 9701 3421.
LISTEN: SBS Interview by Maridel Martinez with Dementia Society of the Philippines’ Dr. Maurice Sanoza and Dr Lourdes Joson