Estia has an excellent reputation in the community and in Government circles as a place where people with disabilities from all walks of life have been welcomed and cared for…People of all Nationalities, cultures and religious beliefs.
Estia helps by way of providing respite to families who have a family member with a disability.
Estia cares for these individuals in two respite centres - St Andrews House at Gladesville and Elpida House at Roselands.
"Elpida" (meaning "hope") House was officially opened on 14th April 2002 by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos in the presence of Premier Bob Carr.
Estia provides ‘stay overs' from 3 days to 5 weeks maximum over a 12 month period. Our two full-time cooks, Sophia and Angela, provide delicious home-style meals for our friends, daily.
We help the parents or carers by way of providing a "home away from home" for their sons and daughters, and they (the carers) have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are in a safe and caring environment.
Our dedicated and trained staff work patiently "around the clock" (3 shifts of 8 hours). Staff numbers vary per shift according to the number and degree of disability of the clients.
The Foundation and all of its operations are run by its Managing Director, Father Angelo Alifierakis, assisted by our dedicated office administrator, Helen Tzikas.
Weekend Day Care
Estia also operates a Weekend Day Care centre in another house in Gladesville provided by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Some 20 individuals use this service. This day care project is NOT government funded. It is only through public donations that we are able to provide this service.
Clients are picked up from their homes all over Sydney and suburbs by our loyal driver Nick and a staff member. They are entertained with a wide range of activities and cared for all day by 3 to 4 staff members, then returned to their carers by early evening.
This occurs both Saturday and Sunday. The Toyota commuter vehicle (with wheelchair lift) was purchased last year – again with donated funds.
For potential clients of our services who are interested in finding out more about Estia's services, and about their rights and responsibilities, please read the following document (Adobe Acrobat format):
Download the Accomodation Support Services Consumer Handbook (628KB).
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