This week TRH is in Brisbane, the sunny capital of the state of Queensland. He’s visiting his parents.Brisbane is 2,500 km north east of Adelaide. They live in Australia’s only Finnish retirement village – Finlandia Village. It’s like a mini Finland. Service and health care providers are either Finnish speaking or residents have access to interpreters. There is no need to speak English unless you want to!
A gated community, the grounds are spacious and well kept. Sauna rosters ensure twice weekly access to the sauna and heated indoor pool. A gymnasium and personal fitness training offers appropriate exercise programs, as well as a masseur and hairdresser. For those who need it, nursing home care and secure dementia care are available. An active social life ensures outings and celebrations for those who want to join in. A recent addition is the Poro (reindeer) Café where homemade finnish food is on sale for anyone who wants to buy it. TRH has a standing order from me to fill his suitcase with dark soughdough ryebread and Karjalan piirakka on his return home.
The Retirement Villas have been purpose built for the elderly. The two bedroom stand alone homes are spacious and well appointed. The top right hand photo shows the back gate of my in-law’s home. The building opposite houses the sauna and swimming pool. Couldn’t get any closer than that!
© Raili Tanska