New 1950s style cafe opens at Estia Health

1950's style: The cafe which has been developed at the Estia Health facility. It is fully 1950's style, even featuring a jukebox. Thanks to restoration work they have managed to ensure it is a permanent facility. Photo: Supplied.
1950's style: The cafe which has been developed at the Estia Health facility. It is fully 1950's style, even featuring a jukebox. Thanks to restoration work they have managed to ensure it is a permanent facility. Photo: Supplied.

On Wednesday, September 5, Estia Health at Encounter Bay hosted the grand opening of a 1950’s Diner Style Café within the facility for all 123 of their residents and the families and friends of residents to enjoy.

The Mayor of Victor Harbor Graham Philp and the Chief Executive Officer Victoria MacKirdy were invited to the ceremony which officially opened the Café with a cutting of the ribbon.

After the ceremony the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer joined the residents and the Executive Director of Estia Health (Ray Creen) in the Café for a 1950’s style lunch.

Over the last two years the Lifestyle Team at Estia Health Encounter Bay have enjoyed running a 1950’s style afternoon tea activity, these activities have consisted of bright coloured table cloths, milkshakes, ice-cream sundaes and cakes being served with 1950’s Rock N Roll music playing in the background.

The original idea for the area becoming permanent came from Lisa Hartley (personal care worker) who suggested the lifestyle team create an environment that was permanently set up as a 1950’s style Diner, as the residents lived through that era and loved Rock N Roll.

Jessica Richards (lifestyle coordinator) and Wendy Carlile (lifestyle assistant) and residents from the facility took this project on board and over the space of two months managed to create this wonderful environment for the residents of Estia Health Encounter Bay.

As one may imagine the furniture from this era was very difficult to track down so with help from the residents and the maintenance officer Greg Oliver, they were able to restore pieces of old furniture.

They built the booth chairs and tables themselves using the frames from old and new furniture to create the look they had envisioned.

Estia Health at Encounter Bay are very proud of their café and have already seen many residents and their family members enjoying the atmosphere with the jukebox in their very own 1950’s Diner Style Café.

Estia Health is an aged care organisation which has homes around Australia.

They specialise in delivering a place to live for aging people who also require health care, allowing them to live as comfortably as possible.