Sixty three years ago a strong and visionary group of Jewish women established a special place for older members of Melbourne’s Jewish community.
Forming an organisation called The Mutual Help, these dedicated women worked around the clock to deliver food and provide care and companionship to the frail and elderly in their own homes while rallying tirelessly for community support.
In 1948, the group’s president, Emmy Monash (left), inspired benefactor Ernest Belsher Cohen to purchase an old boarding house on Dandenong Road, Caulfield. It soon became home to more than 20 elderly residents and a vital part of Jewish communal life.
Later renamed in honour of our inspirational founder, Emmy Monash Aged Care is now Melbourne’s leading Jewish aged care facility, accommodating more than 90 residents.
The provision of aged care has changed significantly over time, shaped by community need, new technology, government policy and advances in medical knowledge. Emmy Monash has continually adapted its services and accommodation to deliver the best possible experience.
Every step of the way, Melbourne’s Jewish community has been central to our success. As a result we have won national awards for innovative activities and cultural programs.
In December 2011, Emmy Monash was allocated more residential care places which will be accommodated in a new building at 7-9 Hawthorn Road. With demand for places consistently beyond our capacity to respond, the new development will give us the opportunity to provide for Melbourne’s Jewish community well into the future.