From its establishment more than 50 years ago, Catholic Homes Incorporated fulfilled a Catholic Christian vision for the community: to offer older people greater comfort and provide for physical and spiritual wellbeing in life’s journey, ultimately towards death and eternal life.
From the beginning, it was clear that the lack of quality accommodation, particularly for elderly women without means, needed to be urgently addressed.
Our earliest predecessor, Catholic Cottages for the Aged, started this work with one retirement village in 1965 and 10 years later it formed into Catholic Homes.
To resolve a lack of beds and revitalise certain antiquated services, Catholic Homes evolved by the mid-1970s to provide improved aged care to the community, commencing with several new residential and retirement living services in Perth and Bunbury.
Between 1979 and 1983 Catholic Homes built residences named Servite, Ocean Star and Archbishop Goody and for a time operated other homes on behalf of Catholic Orders. St Vincent’s, Castledare and Trinity became part of Catholic Homes in the next decade.
To maintain our mission to provide for elderly people and the frail aged, residences were revitalised, or expanded, heritage buildings restored, and bed numbers increased in the 1990s and 2000s.
Catholic Homes was keen to sustain its support to older people, particularly to enable them stay in their own home longer. In the early 2000s we were able to offer Commonwealth home care support to our independent living residents.
By 2015 Catholic Homes successfully secured our first home care packages from the Commonwealth Government and started our own home and community care service.
Commencing in March that year, Catholic Homes served our first clients in their own homes and at our Day Therapy Centre in Guildford.
Over the years, our home and community care expanded in the metropolitan, mid-west, wheatbelt and southwest regions.
Today, we are a modern organisation of more than 500 talented staff and 100 volunteers representing a diversity of backgrounds, ages and beliefs.