As a councillor of the City of Gosnells, it gives me much pleasure to furnish this reference for Manoah House, which is located within the City of Gosnells. Within our city, Manoah House has an impeccable reputation for providing quality aged care. It has always had outstanding staff who consistently go about their work in a very professional manner, coupled with a genuine love for the people in their care.

My personal association with the Association for Christian Senior Citizens Homes WA Inc., which operates Manoah House, goes back to January 1991 when I took up the role of pastor at the Christian Reformed Church in Willetton WA. At that time the Association operated only Manoah Village, which had developed a splendid reputation among its residents and in the wider community, as a retirement village where the well-being of residents was always the first priority.

Some twenty two years the Association made the decision to provide nursing home care to ensure that residents who lived in the residential units could remain on site, and that others who needed nursing home care could access the level of care they required in a loving Christian atmosphere.

Since Manoah House (nursing home care) was commenced 22 years ago, I had various members of our church community move into Manoah House and spend their closing years of life in that facility, where I would visit regularly. Residents consistently spoke highly of the loving care and attention they received. They often told me stories of how they had a special need or “want” and how the staff always went out of their way to meet it.

In 2008 I was elected a member of the WA State Parliament and served till 2017. During this time I took a special interest in aged care issues, and met with various service providers and clients. During my tenure in parliament, I continued visiting friends and acquaintances who were in care at Manoah House. The residents always spoke highly of the care they received, as did family members. Throughout the 22 years that Manoah House has been operating, I have never heard of a complaint from a resident or their family.

Manoah House has provided first class palliative care for residents, providing not only good access to the necessary medical care, but also outstanding physical, moral and spiritual support. Family members would often make comments along the lines that “nothing was ever too much trouble for the staff.”

From my discussions with various aged care service providers, I am well aware of the financial challenges the sector is facing. In that context, it is to Manoah House’s credit that it has never sacrificed the level of care for residents.

Having visited many nursing home facilities over the years, I consider Manoah House to be a ‘gold standard’ aged care service provider. It would certainly be my first choice service provider if I, or one of my family were in need of nursing home care.

Should you desire any further information or comment, please feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Rev Peter Abetz
WA State Director Australian Christian Lobby
Councillor, City of Gosnells
Minister in the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia 1984- present
Member of Palliative Care WA
Former WA State Member of Parliament (2008-2017)