Her Excellency, Marie Bashir, the Governor of NSW at the official opening of the Quong Tart service.
A team of traditional lion dancers and the Governor of NSW were on hand for the official opening of a Chinese-specific aged care facility in Sydney last week.
Over 250 other guests were led into a room decorated with red rapes and lanterns at UnitingCare Ageing’s Quong Tart facility in Ashfield for the formal ceremony.
The ageing in place service is located in a luxury mansion which was bequeathed to the organisation by its namesake, Quong Tart, a 19th century businessman and philanthropist.
Joining Her Excellency Marie Bashier in the audience were some of Mr Tart’s descendants and Consul Peng Douyi from the Office of the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China.
UnitingCare Ageing’s Director Gillian McFee said the organisation hopes to replicate Quong Tart’s vision by designing services to match the needs of local communities.
Quong Tart residents are able to participate in a range of culturally specific activities such as mahjong, dominoes and Tai Chi in warm, homelike atmosphere.
Staff members at the home speak Cantonese and Mandarin and the menu is prepared by a fully qualified chef to meet the needs of a wide range of tastes and dietary requirements.
Each room has individually controlled air conditioning and fully equipped bathrooms. The interior design uses opulent fabrics and rich colours to create an vibrant environment for residents and visitors.