24 February 2022

Arcare Essendon turns one

Arcare Essendon recently celebrated their one-year anniversary since opening in January 2021.

On Friday 18th February, the Arcare Essendon community marked the milestone birthday with an intimate celebration, inviting residents, families, and team members to enjoy cake, finger-food, and music in their grand foyer.

During the celebration, residents were invited to make speeches to share their experiences of living at Arcare Essendon. Among the speeches were some touching words from resident, Douglas (Doug).

“I’m so proud to be standing amongst you all today to celebrate the anniversary of Arcare Essendon’s opening. I just wanted to say that these have been the happiest days of my life. Thank-you for everything.” Doug said.

93-year-old Douglas and 89-year-old Beryl were the first residents to move into Arcare Essendon last year.

“I still remember when our first residents, Beryl and Doug came through our doors to move in on the first day. We were so excited to welcome them into the community, and it just feels like yesterday.” Residence Manager, Shantala Suresh said.

Australian owned and operated for more than 40 years, Arcare are renowned for creating stunning architecturally designed aged care residences and for their relationship-first approach to care.

Together with Arcare’s globally celebrated relationship-first approach and their dedicated team, Arcare supports resident health and well-being to ensure they live their best lives.
Arcare’s Relationship-First Approach celebrates and supporting ageing by recognising the value of the interdependent relationships between residents, clients, employees, volunteers, and family members.

“Working closely with the team from Arcare Essendon’s opening has enabled me to form long-lasting, strong relationships with everyone. Though it has been difficult working through the pandemic, I think we have all become closer; the team, residents and our families who have entrusted us with their loved ones.” Shantala said.“I thoroughly love each and every day that I come to work at Arcare Essendon, as it has truly been so rewarding to be able to serve our residents and lead a team of such a wonderful, hard-working individuals!”

Arcare Essendon offers permanent and booked respite care across its 120 private suites, and houses a café, wellbeing centre with hair salon, movie theatre, worship room, billiards room, intimate dining and lounge spaces, a private dining room and manicured courtyards and gardens for residents and their guests to enjoy.

“I have the pleasure and privilege of being able to assist residents to settle into the new phase of their lives in aged care, and I look forward to continuing to expand our community in the years to come.”

Arcare Essendon is now booking tours and accepting applications. If you would like to find out more or book a private tour, please call 1300 ARCARE or visit