Providing assistance to the elderly community has been the key aim of Sam and Kay and at the same time it is very rewarding.
GRACE Villa Aged Care enriches the lives of the elderly by providing lifestyle activities to ensure that they are happy and enjoy the company of their home-mates. Grace Villa was founded by CV Samuel (Sam) and his wife Kay Samuel.
Sam has been in the Aged Care industry since 1988. Prior to this, he has accumulated extensive experience working in various SMEs in Melbourne. With Kay’s extensive experience as a Registered Nurse and her passion for the elderly and Sam’s broad experience in business they initiated in the Aged Care industry.
At first it was a daunting experience as there was a lot of responsibility for a number of residents and being new to the heavily regulated industry was a bit hard. However, their dedication and love for the industry pushed them to create a greater impact to the wider ageing community.
Grace Villa is a 91 bed ageing in place facility including dementia specific. It provides home to culturally diverse backgrounds and it is partially funded by the government. Basically from India, Sam and Kay have built up a successful business over more than two decades and are currently employing over 60 staff members. Originally based in Eaglemont, Grace Villa is now located in Greensborough.
Sam has been blessed with great business acumen and has utilised it to create a successful and effective business portfolio. The teamwork between Sam and Kay have ensured that the company is able to prosper in the Aged Care industry. Sam is currently exploring the potential for growth and expansion in Aged Care in other areas of Melbourne. A new purpose built 130 bed Aged Care facility is scheduled to open in mid-2015 in Diamond Creek and one in Tyabb in 2016.
The success of Grace Villa Aged Care has been accomplished by focusing on their commitment to the highly qualified, extensive experience and long standing staff, meeting the needs and expectations of residents and maintaining high standards that meet the accreditation standards.
Kay has been a registered nurse since 1967. She had been working previously in Queen Victoria Hospital as a theatre nurse. She obtained her theatre course at Prince Henry’s hospital in Victoria and she completed her Gerontology in Preston Institute of technology in 1991. She has always maintained that the care and comfort of her residents is paramount. Bearing this in mind and seeing the dearth of adequate care in the Aged Care industry, Kay and Sam decided to start a facility in Eaglemont. Following on the success of the facility and its growth potential, Kay and Sam purchased the former Diamond Valley mercy Maternity hospital in Greensborough. This was transformed and further redeveloped into a new purpose built facility which caters to high care, low care and dementia specific residents. Since its inception, the company has tripled in size and has been growing from strength to strength. Kay has been working as a Director of Nursing since 1988 and has ensured that her staff always maintains a high level of comfort and care for the residents.