Walk into the new cafe area at Ridgeview Aged Care in Albion Park and you’ll be forgiven if you think you’ve just walked onto the set of the old TV show Happy Days.

A guitar hangs on the wall next to old records and retro posters of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, while a colourful jukebox box lights up as it plays classic tunes.

When a resident suggested the need for an extra sitting room for residents and families, staff and volunteers ran with the idea, and began scouring local op shops for decorations.

“We wanted to achieve an authentic 1950s cafe feel with true vintage items for the space,” said Volunteer and Pastoral Care Coordinator Michelle Chate.

Happy Days Cafe opened at Ridgeview Aged Care in Albion Park in the Illawarra

Happy Days Cafe opened at Ridgeview Aged Care in Albion Park in the Illawarra

Happy Days Cafe opened at Ridgeview Aged Care in Albion Park in the Illawarra

Happy Days Cafe opened at Ridgeview Aged Care in Albion Park in the Illawarra

Happy Days Cafe opened at Ridgeview Aged Care in Albion Park in the Illawarra

“Residents, families, staff and volunteers are absolutely delighted with the space. The residents officially voted and named the space Happy Days Cafe.”
Vintage table and chairs were sourced, and the current kiosk has expanded into the area to sell cafe-style tea, coffee and cakes.
The cafe was officially opened in July, and families and visitors now use the space as a place to chat, enjoy a tea and coffee while enjoying the views and listening to music on the jukebox box.