Every year, Seniors Week is a fantastic opportunity to bring a community together, regardless of age, to enhance connections, share experiences and encourage intergenerational relationships. And what better way to celebrate Seniors Week than by opening the doors of Brisbane’s only aged care apartments – Portofino Hamilton!

On Friday August 23, members of the local community came to enjoy a host of entertainment, activities, tours and a delicious barbeque at the Portofino Open Day. Held in the open-air Piazza in lovely sunny weather, the day was a great success.

School children delighted the residents and the community

Children from Hamilton State School kicked off the Open Day with a fabulous singing and dancing performance. The children then painted and decorated their own paper umbrellas, watched keenly by their teachers and community members. Attendees were also treated to a lively jazz performance by the talented St Rita’s College strings band and choir. The students’ music was so enjoyable, it drew residents out onto their balconies to listen!


Tours of Brisbane’s only aged care apartments

One of the most popular events of the day were the tours of the luxury apartments, penthouses and single suites. People were able to see first-hand just how spectacular the accommodation options are at Portofino, and marvel at the many sweeping and iconic Brisbane views.


Vacenti’s new CEO cooks up a storm

Julian Casagrande, our very own CEO, assumed the important role of Barbeque Chef and displayed his excellent cooking skills. Attendees enjoyed a lovely complimentary lunch of fresh salads, burgers and sausages and seasonal fruits.


Entertainment by Hans

Hans van der Drift, the iconic founder of Hans Continental, kept everyone entertained by singing a number of popular covers. The Open Day coincided with Hans’ 88th birthday, so he was in especially high spirits!

Displays and giveaways

The Ascot Garden Club, Cinderalla’s Closet and the Society for Potted Plants brought along a great collection of clothing and plants to purchase, the on-site Medical Centre put together a fabulous selection of healthy, gluten-free food for people to sample. Suncare (Home care and Commonwealth Respite), Lifetec (Equipment provider), Dementia Australia, A home for Mum or Dad (placement agent) all provided important information.

The raffles were very popular, with the lucky winners taking home prizes including Dendy movie tickets and a range of vouchers for coffees, fitness classes, and hair and beauty treatments.


Perhaps the Open Day was best summed up by one of Portofino’s residents, who said,
“It’s like living in a resort here! There is always something happening and the staff are so wonderful.”