Endorsed as a charity and a public benevolent institution, Marco Polo Aged Care Services is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of aged care services for the people of the Illawarra.
The Marco Polo heritage spans more than three decades. Formed in 1983 by members of Illawarra’s Italian community, the group shared common concerns regarding the area’s limited aged care options, and envisaged a solution to help the area’s diverse, multicultural community.
From 1987 to 2008, Marco Polo operated as a joint venture with the Uniting Church, and on April 1, 2008, the organisation emerged as an independent entity since administered by R.J. O’Shea Management P/L. Today, Marco Polo Aged Care Services offers 334 residential aged care places across facilities in Unanderra and Woonona, in addition to home care packages (HCPs). In 2015, the organisation gained a maximum three-year accreditation by the Aged Care Standards Accreditation Agency, and achieved a successful quality review by the Department of Health and Ageing.