Rembrandt Living exists today due largely to one woman’s unsuccessful search in the 1980’s to find culturally appropriate aged care services for her ageing Dutch mother. The realisation that there were lots of people in this difficult situation following the mass European immigration following World War II drove this woman to set about changing this. This woman is Tinie Nieuwenhoven (pictured here).
Tinie (and a willing group of helpers) set about establishing a service that would allow people to live together in a community designed for their physical and cultural needs. The Dutch (and other northern European) languages, festive days, food and other customs would be made accessible in a community atmosphere improving the wellbeing of all. After years of fundraising, lobbying, hard work and knock-backs Rembrandt Living’s residential facility Rembrandt Court in Oaklands Park opened its doors to its first residents in 1993.
Tinie was very particular in that the home and any services provided had to be “gezelig”, a Dutch term meaning homely, warm and welcoming – there was to be nothing institution or hotel-like. Over the years, this homely, welcoming and straight-forward “Dutch” way has been sought after by not just those of Dutch descent but Belgians, Austrians, Germans, Indonesians and even true-blue Aussies. Currently we provide services to people of over 15 different cultures and enjoy meeting all of their needs, including their cultural needs.
Tinie’s sheer tenacity, work ethic, empathy and strength of character lives on in the culture and values of our organisation today. We can proudly say that this was verified by Tinie herself on a recent visit to Rembrandt Court. Tinie lives independently in Adelaide’s northern suburbs and is herself now a client of Rembrandt Living’s Home Care services.
Volunteering at Rembrandt Living is great
For years every Friday Mia and I volunteer for Rembrandt Living's Uit en Thuis at Rembrandt Court. We like to be involved with the Dutchies.
We have been doing it for a long time and love it.
Whatever we do is really appreciated. We like to keep up with Dutch traditions and other cultural activities. We also visit home care clients at their homes.
Volunteering is great.