The first Islamically-oriented aged-care center has opened in Sydney this week. It is located next door to the famous Auburn-Gallipoli mosque in Sydney, Australia, allowing for a community-integrated approach to aged-care.
Catering for up to 108 residents, Gallipoli Home, addresses the religious needs of its Muslim residents in an innovative and culturally-sensitive way.
“When we look at our elderly here, we want them to be respected and we don’t want anyone to be able to speak disrespectfully to them.” Dr Abdurrahman Asaroglu, Director of the centre told One Path.
“When they want to practice their religion, as it’s their home, we have to provide, and that’s what we were looking forward to.” he added. The center features halal dining, prayer rooms and open social places.The beds are even turned to face the qiblah. The center is located next to a mosque, so that it’s still at the center of the Muslim community.
The center says it has different Islamic values. One of them is rahma; there is an active compassion, kindness, and respect for their clients and their families from all cultural & religious backgrounds.
We value the emotional, spiritual, and physical health of our elders, to help them live healthier and happier lives by actively ensuring their individual needs are met.
According to One Path network, a core part of the center’s philosophy is their “Permanent Rahma Partners” initiative, which aims to ensure that each resident has the same small group of people looking after them every day.
The initiative works closely with the families of residents to ensure that they have regular, scheduled visitors throughout the week. Families are responsible for finding replacement visitors if they are unable to visit.
This article was originally published on aboutislam.net