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There is always lots happening at Catholic Homes. Our news shares our stories of joy, love and hospitality from across our residential care, independent living and home care services.

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A Christmas message

Christmas is a special time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and share His message of love, hope and peace with the world. Being connected to each other in this way brings meaning to everyone and is expressed at Catholic Homes through our values of joy, love and hospitality. The year 2022 has been

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Aged care friends share international ties

A new partnership between migrant TAFE students and Catholic Homes aged care residents is forging new bonds and benefits for all involved. In a program inspired by the ABC TV special Old People’s Home for Four-Year-Olds, adult migrant English students joined residents from Catholic Homes’ Archbishop Goody residence to share language, culture and friendships. TAFE

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Freo hosts big day out

Clients at our Wellness Centre at St Vincent’s enjoyed some fish and chips at Cicerello’s and a tour of Fremantle’s historical sights during a recent bus trip to the port city. We spent time enjoying each others’ company, eating fresh seafood and taking in an exciting change of scenery as part of the journey from

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Happy 108th Birthday, Bid!

Good health and a can of beer a day have helped Mrs Bridget Grocke achieve her 108th birthday, making her a top Australian supercentenarian. Known affectionately as Bid to her family and friends, Mrs Grocke was born 18 November 1914 to a family of seven children. Bid and her siblings were raised mostly around Kalgoorlie

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Executive Manager Mission message

A message from Rose Santoro, Executive Manager Mission “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Another year has gone by with continued commitment from all our staff to our clients and residents. An authentic commitment to our vision, mission, and values through actions. After all, it

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Board Chairman message

A message from John F Ogilvie KSG, the Board Chairman It is a great honour to serve with the people of Catholic Homes and a pleasure to present its 2021-2022 Annual Report. Catholic Homes has delivered its mission to provide quality, compassionate and holistic personalised care to older people, with a particular focus on those

Have a Go Day Action!

Perth’s premier event for over 50s burst into action today and we went all-out retro to celebrate. To help promote our services, Case Manager Kim Procter (pictured left) joined Executive Manager Mission Rose Santoro (centre) and Marketing Manager Roley Myers (right), together with Care with Purpose Advisor Judith Smith. Guests enjoyed decades of hits from

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Chief Executive message

A message from the Chief Executive This past year has seen Catholic Homes continue to build our capacity and further develop as a leading provider of quality care to the Western Australian community we serve. We continue to focus on delivering our mission with dignity and respect for each other and this was a fundamental

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Catholic Archbishop of Perth message

A message from the Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB, Catholic Archbishop of Perth By opening its doors to those in need, and providing opportunity, enablement, dignity and hope to all, Catholic Homes has admirably maintained its Christ-centered mission during a tumultuous year. For many months society’s most vulnerable, our aged and frail, have thankfully been

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Bundles of Joy

Our home care client Maureen is giving back through her dedication to crocheting colourful blankets for aged care residents and premature babies. Staff members Tiffany and Kerry delivered a bunch of blankets to our residents at Castledare and they were “warmly received”! Maureen taught herself and created her first blanket when she was only eight

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Meet Home Care’s newest stars

Two of our Home and Community Care managers who go above and beyond each day have been recognised as All Stars in Aged Care this month. Operations Manager John Bogoevski and Clinical Manager Zoe Heron have been given an Aged and Community Services Australia “Unsung Hero Over and Above Award” for their dedication to their

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Aged Care Employee Day

This weekend marks Aged Care Employee Day, a time of giving thanks and recognition for your ongoing commitment and passion for our residents and clients. Aged Care Employee Day on Sunday August 7 is an initiative of the Aged and Community Care Providers Association and acknowledges the 360,000 aged care staff around Australia. Its theme

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Top award for Bunbury’s carer

Catholic Homes has received national recognition for its hospitality and care services. Chief Executive of Catholic Homes, Paul Andrew, said the State branch of the Institute of Hospitality in HeathCare (IHHC) presented its National Brightest Star Award to Robyn Gibbons, our highly regarded Domestic Worker at Ocean Star in Bunbury. “Please join me in warmly

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Bear and his guitar

Our client has reignited his passion for playing blues music thanks to our home care team and a local music store. Bernard, or Bear to his friends, received his first guitar for Christmas as a 12-year-old and has been playing ever since. “I’ve always been into the blues, players like Buddy Guy – I’ve seen

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Accreditation success in Guildford

Please join us in celebrating with our colleagues after the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission recently re-accredited St Vincent’s residential aged care in Guildford. Facility Manager Joseph Bender, pictured here with Clinical Nurse Mandy Lee, was very happy with the outcome. “It’s been a challenging time for everyone. As the proverb says: it takes

Meet Yvonne

“I like to see the funny side of things!” Yvonne was born in Upington, Northern Cape province in South Africa.

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Music is life itself

I love music! Music taps into my memories and feelings. One week, I’ll have a favourite song that I’ll listen to ‘over and over’ again.

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Quality care at life’s end praised

Ever since we extended our services into the Mid West, the State Government’s palliative care service has relied on us so their patients can safely remain in their own homes. Quality of life for many equates to remaining at home with loved ones, with the support from our home and community care services, which has

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Wheatbelt chooses us for home care

Catholic Homes has joined an alliance of local governments to deliver better in-home and community services to older people in the central and eastern Wheatbelt. The Central East Accommodation and Care Alliance (CEACA) comprises 11 member shires which delivered 71 two-bedroom units in the region and it has asked two providers to supply home care

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Meet Peter

Peter was born in Bunbury in 1926. He went to school in South Bunbury, and left at age 14 to work at various jobs around Capel, Picton and Bunbury. Joining the RAAF in 1944, he trained in Busselton, and then South Australia. Subsequently a posting took him to the then-named Dutch New Guinea until the

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Meet our Pastoral Care team

Our Mission and Pastoral Care Team provides holistic and person-centred care to our clients, residents, staff and volunteers. The team support our vision, identity, values and mission in collaboration with the Executive Manager Mission who develops organisational culture and spirituality in keeping with the Christian and Catholic traditions in Jesus’ healing Ministry. Our Pastoral Care

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A new visitor management system for Catholic Homes

Catholic Homes is pleased to announce that it will be introducing a new visitor management system for our aged care residences in the coming weeks. The new system called Zipline is an electronic way to check-in at Catholic Homes that will ultimately provide a quicker, easier and more secure process for all visitors and staff.

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Meet Vern

Born at Kadina, 144km Northwest of Adelaide, South Australia, Vern left school at age 14 and came to WA to work on his uncle’s farm at Nungarin, a rural area with one of the nation’s smallest populations, located about 40 km from Merredin, and 300km Northeast of Perth. Apart from living in Darwin for one

Meet Sheng

Chuang Sheng Yuan was born in Canton, Guangdong Province in 1921 and turns 101 in April ! He farmed with his family (he had two sisters and three brothers) every day until he retired at age 65. Travelling to Australia with his wife in 1985, he returned to China for a short time, and then

Carey Bray at new Aged Care facility in Belmont

New manager makes an impact

Carey Bray, who has been Acting Executive Manager Property Services at Catholic Homes for the past period, has been appointed to the top job on a permanent basis. Chief Executive Paul Andrew said Carey has had an immediate and positive impact, bringing to the role a wealth of experience with Catholic Homes. “Carey has implemented

COVID-19 Latest News

1 March 2022 COVID-19 Update I write to you regarding the additional actions Catholic Homes is taking to protect your loved one and residents as reported COVID-19 cases in Western Australia continue to increase. You may be aware that the State Government is stepping up its response and with this, increased measures are being introduced

Introducing Nurse Practitioner Lorraine

To mark Nurse Practitioner Week, we introduce our very own NP Lorraine Martin. Nurse practitioners are highly trained professionals who are endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to practice at an advanced nursing level. Lorraine commenced with Catholic Homes in November and is supporting our residential teams, visiting general practitioners and health

Care with Purpose ‘roles’ celebrated

People in our community of care support each other in numerous ways that make our residences wonderful places to live. To show our appreciation we organised a special afternoon tea to thank everyone who has taken up job roles to support community life at their residence. More than half of our residents here at Castledare

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STRC is the free seniors in-home care service

More help for seniors to avoid or delay the need for residential care is now available in regional Western Australia. The Catholic Homes service has been extended to seniors in Perth’s south west and eastern suburbs and the Wheatbelt, Great Southern. Goldfields and South West regions, following a recent Australian Government funding allocation. Catholic Homes’

More Perth aged care beds as Belmont project construction starts

Values-based aged care provider Catholic Homes has teamed with award-winning local commercial architecture and building companies to deliver a new 96-bed aged care residence for Perth. Breaking ground on the project today to mark the start of construction in Belmont, Catholic Homes Chief Executive Paul Andrew said the vision for the service was to bring

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Helping those in need

Australia’s Share the Dignity charity is going strong with support from Catholic Homes. For more than five years Property Services Administration Assistant Tricia Hill has supported the charity, collecting items and personal products kindly donated by residents, clients, family, friends and staff. Share the Dignity works to make a real difference in the lives of

Creative Val shares her talent

Time has not slowed down multi-award-winning poet Val Laughton who finds time every day to reflect and keep a diary of her thoughts and ideas. She is proud that she does not need eyeglasses or hearing aids to keep up with her hobbies at St Vincent’s residential care which include knitting, stitching and of course,

Welcome to a new season

Well, at last, spring has sprung! After a wet winter, the sun is emerging, and we are reminded the seasons change, time moves on, and we are part of a changing environment. Often, we forget how our relationship with the land and environment is directly connected to our survival and well-being. In Perth, the local

Mermaid Robyn is Ocean Star’s award winner

The peak healthcare hospitality body in Western Australia has acknowledged the outstanding dedication of an aged care worker who has gone above and beyond in improving the lives of residents and staff. Hotel Services Worker Robyn Gibbons of Catholic Homes’ Ocean Star residence was bestowed the Institute of Hospitality In HeathCare’s (IHHC) Brightest Star Award

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We enjoy building a community of care

Here at Castledare we have more than half of our residents regularly engaging in activities that they undertake to support and add value to our community. Some have been sharing their efforts of a long time: Roland has been delivering mail and Alice has been folding laundry for over a year! Ken has been a

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Care with Purpose in action

We are said to have a tendency towards work and activity, Care with Purpose provides a way to feel useful and allow people to feel they contribute to their community. At St Vincent’s we have had the pleasure of hosting third year Curtin University occupational therapy students over the past three weeks. One of their

Catholic Homes provides an inclusive experience online

Catholic Homes now provides an inclusive online experience to enable website visitors to access online content and services barrier-free. Communications and Marketing Manager Roley Myers said as part of the organisation’s inclusive approach, website visitors are now able to access a wide range of accessibility and language support tools to customise their digital experience through

Meet Ted

Ted is West Australian, born in Collie, and lived at Bakers Hill and Northam. At one stage Ted worked at the Wundowie charcoal iron and wood distillation plant that manufactured pig iron, and while there he was involved with industrial safety on site. Ted now lives in Bunbury at Ocean Star, and we caught up

Quality hospitality recognised

Please wish the best of luck to our two nominees in this year’s IHHC awards. Each year the Institute of Hospitality in Healthcare presents excellence awards to outstanding efforts in the aged care sector. Trinity Chef Mollie Tiakia has been nominated for a Leadership award for her inspirational efforts running an organised careering team who

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Your team for Mid West and Wheatbelt home care

Established aged care provider Catholic Homes delivers quality in-home and community services to seniors so you can stay in your home longer, connected to the people and things you love. Mid West local of more than 30 years, Executive Manager Home and Community Care Kylie Steele, says Catholic Homes’ nurses and carers understand your needs

Aged Care Employee Day 2021

This weekend marks Aged Care Employee Day, a time of giving thanks and recognition for your ongoing commitment and passion for our residents and clients. Everyone in aged care has a challenging but rewarding role in enabling the best life for the people we serve. On behalf of the Board, Executive and Management of Catholic

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Meet Phyllis, our Ocean Star

Meet Phyllis, our tuck shop owner here at Ocean Star in Bunbury. Phyllis was born in Guildford in the 1930s and moved to Bunbury in 1952. Phyllis worked as a chemist before continuing her studies in nursing. She then went on to work as a nurse at Bunbury Regional Hospital for many years. She is

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Gettin’ to the church on time

Time and distance proved no obstacle for home care clients Sheril, her husband Klaus and sister Janice, who definitely got to the church on time to enjoy a special occasion with family and friends. Home Care Case Manager Faye Davies helped the trio make the big day where grand niece Lauren married her love Nic

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Experienced healthcare leader boosts Catholic Homes Board

Former AMA federal president and prominent health leader, Associate Professor Rosanna Capolingua has been appointed the Catholic Homes Board. Chief Executive Paul Andrew said the appointment in May 2021 boosts the organisation’s medical and clinical expertise from A/Prof Capolingua’s many years of leadership experience in senior healthcare roles at executive and board levels. “A/Prof Capolingua

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Happy 102nd Birthday Adriana!

Our lovely home care client Adriana celebrated a very special birthday recently with close family and friends. Born in India, Adriana left school at 15 and then went to college where she studied art. Later she worked as a government clerical officer. Case Manager John Bogoevski is proud to assist Adrianna and meet her needs.

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Welcome, Catherine

Introducing our new Short Term Restorative Care Coordinator, Catherine Waltham. Her role involves arranging allied health and other services such as home modifications so clients can improve their independence and continue living at home. “I enjoy helping clients and it makes me feel good knowing that I can make a difference in people’s lives,” she

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Peter’s passion for home care

Our Day Therapy Centre, language/culture and entry-level home care services have a new team leader in experienced community care practitioner Peter White, who joined us in May. He has been employed in aged care for nearly 20 years and long beforehand, he had cared for both his parents and grandparents at home due to age-related

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Elvis is the king for Diana

Meet Diana, our energetic and bubbly resident from St Vincent’s. Diana was born in Mt Lawley in the 1940s and grew up with her parents and brother, who is also a resident at St Vincent’s. She loves all things Elvis and can recall almost all of his music! The King is not the only big

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New diverse elder service aims to end isolation

Aged care services in the East Metropolitan region have received a boost with a new program aimed at culturally and linguistically diverse clients. The new program is based at Catholic Homes’ Day Therapy Centre within its new St Vincent’s facility at Swan Street West in Guildford. Each week, clients will be able to access centre-based

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Nan plans to yarn bomb aged care

Meet Nan, our knitting genius here at St Vincent’s! Born in the 1930s in Bangkok, Thailand where she worked at the Bangkok Post as a proof-reader. Nan then moved to Australia with her husband, living in Melbourne, Mildura, before settling in Perth. Nan is a quiet but caring lady who loves to help and keep

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An opportunity to connect

At the heart of our work, our values and our Care with Purpose approach is an understanding of our common humanity and our goodness. We only understand this though our communication with each other, though our building of respectful relationships. Communication comes from the Latin word Communicare, meaning to share, to make common to many.

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Mary has a paw-some time!

Our home care client Mary loves Schnauzers, so Senior Support Officer Leah organised a Schnauzer playdate for her. Safe to say Mary had a wonderful time at the café date. She brought a packet of treats and as soon as she opened it she had about 10 dogs sitting at her feet. She got puppy

Painter finds joy in helping others

Meet Pat, our talented and creative resident at St Vincent’s aged care.

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See me, know me

A new initiative to connect staff with our mission and values has been introduced recently at Head Office in Burswood. “We’re opening a conversation in a gentle way with staff to remind us of those whom we look after and the importance of older people in our lives,” says Executive Manager Mission Bernadette Brady, pictured

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Local home care service from one of Wheatbelt’s own

You’ve grown up, lived worked and raised a family on the land and now can enjoy your life on your terms.  But the little things are starting to get harder and you might need a little help at home so you can get on with the things that matter to you. Home Care professional Jenny

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State award recognition for passionate Chef Youri

A dedicated Catholic Homes hospitality specialist has taken out a major industry award for her commitment to culinary excellence and service in aged care.

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Festival of Lights

Our Diwali celebration at Trinity was a great success this year as staff and residents enjoyed a fun cultural exchange. Anu, one of our amazing carers, shared some authentic Indian treats, Laddoo, milk cakes and samosas with staff and residents. Anu and fellow carers Thuy and Indika also donned beautiful traditional Indian costume, much to

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When Harry met Oliver

We paid respect to all service personnel when St Vincent’s residents observed Remembrance Day held in a resident-led service in November.

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Happy hour by the sea

Meet our barman, Ted Gumley! Every Friday, Ted helps take orders and serve drinks for Happy Hour. He begins with setting up the glasses on the table and bringing out all the drinks. He then politely asks people for their order, prepares their drink and personally serves it to them. This role brings Ted purpose

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Paradise found in East Perth

We’ve refurbished our old courtyard into a sensory garden with a variety of new plants, hanging baskets and mosaics.

VR is out of this world

We recently took an exciting opportunity to try out Virtual Reality for the first time at Servite Residential Care and it blew us away! Dora Humphry marveled at the statues in Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, while Audrey Willis took a trip down memory lane to her childhood home in Dublin, Ireland. John Villiers

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Poetry lovers and blokes gather

New groups are meeting to cement friendships are share lifetimes of experiences. Our residents suggested a poetry group to be added onto the activity planner, and we listened. Introducing our Poetry Group which is facilitated by Valerie Laughton. Valerie is an author and poet who loves to compose and share her work with fellow residents.

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Downsize to affordable coastal living

Perfectly positioned at the gateway to the South West, Ocean Star Independent Living brings retirees and downsizers a relaxed, easy-going lifestyle right next to Bunbury’s famous coastal strip. Freshly refurbished villas are now available in the village where residents are enjoying the advantages of a friendly community located close to the beach and all the

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Servite serves Swan Lake

Cooking with Chef Damiano has proven to be a hit with at Servite Residential Care. Each month the hotel services team at the residence finds creative recipes and we all get involved with culinary creative flair. Our residents enjoy chatting and sharing their cooking tips and tricks with one another, whilst providing opportunities for reminiscence.

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Budkis at Ocean Star

Our physiotherapist, Shannon brought in her beautiful puppy, Budkis to the residence for some welcome pet therapy. Needless the say, our faces lit up with joy the moment we saw our new furry friend. Budkis joined activities such as balloon tapping and even helped Shannon with her physiotherapy rehabilitation class. Participants were very attentive and

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Purposeful days in Fleming

Our residents in Fleming wing are always active and busy with a range of activities and tasks around the wing to choose from. Our Lifestyle Facilitator sets up the choices daily so that activities and tasks are readily available for the residents to engage in. Here, you can see Fleming residents Havva Cimen and Lynn

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Welcome to Beach Avenue

Archbishop Goody resident Maria has been fantastic in helping us create our oceanic themed hallway.

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Aged Care Employee Day

Today is Aged Care Employee Day, a time of giving thanks and recognition to all of our staff’s ongoing commitment and passion for our residents and clients. Aged Care Employee Day is an initiative of aged care peak body Leading Age Services Australia in acknowledgment of the 360,000 aged care staff around Australia. This year’s

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Bingo with a difference

Like many of our sites, our residents at Castledare love their bingo! The role of ‘bingo caller’ has been held by two gentlemen from the Castledare Independent Living for over a year. However, during the COVID-19 restrictions, we had to cancel our large group activities and our trusted bingo callers were unable to enter the

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Celebration of the sandgroper

Every month at Trinity, we choose a holiday or special occasion to celebrate, with style and fun, naturally! In June, a ‘WA Day’ themed luncheon was selected, and because many people were born and grew up in Western Australia, we wanted a luncheon special for them and everyone to enjoy. To celebrate all the amazing

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Happy Easter from Catholic Homes

We hope your Easter was a celebration of family and friends, even if it was from a distance. Our Trinity Village residents got the Easter celebrations off to a delicious start with a lunch, plenty of Easter eggs and a raffle. Congratulations Alix on winning the hamper! Two catering teams became one when the Marist team

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Taking care of your well-being during COVID-19

There’s no denying we’re living in unprecedented and challenging times. The far-reaching impact of COVID-19 has affected us all on a global scale. While the health implications are at the forefront of our minds, Catholic Homes has also acknowledged how our work, personal and home lives have been affected. As we continue to care for

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St Vincent’s welcomes Marist residents

In preparation for the redevelopment of Marist Lodge situated in Belmont, we relocated our residents to our beautiful St Vincent’s site in Guildford. In the lead up to the move and with the help of our carers, residents packed up their belongings so when they arrived at their new home, their mementos and personal effects

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 24th March 2020

At Catholic Homes we continue to care for your loved ones and we thank you for trusting us with their care. The COVID-19 continues to spread at an increasing rate within the community and Catholic Homes has upgraded its Infection Prevention response to further protect its residents, visitors, staff and volunteers. As of Tuesday 24th March

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 19th March 2020

This update is to inform you about how Catholic Homes is responding to COVID-19, the work the organisation is doing regarding infection prevention and control and how we can assist in the wellbeing of our staff, residents and clients. COVID-19 continues to spread throughout communities across Australia and the Government has introduced strict guidelines in

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A New Look for the Day Therapy Centre

As part of the St Vincent’s redevelopment our new Day Therapy Centre (DTC) is a wonderful space for people to enjoy their treatments under their Home Care package. The DTC and the supporting Bebo Moro homestead house our community based wellness and reablement program and depending on the level of support required, our team of

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Bless You, St Vincent’s

The new St Vincent’s was officially launched with a smoking ceremony and a formal blessing on 28th February 2020. Situated on the banks of the Swan River in Guildford, the new building embraces a shift from the traditional aged care model to a modern approach. The contemporary design nestles into its historic Guildford location just as

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St Vincent’s Redevelopment Open for Business

We’re absolutely thrilled to share with you that 11th February is the move-in date into the new St Vincent’s building. Both staff and residents are excited about the shift and look forward to utilising the latest technology the facility has to offer. Situated in a prime riverside location in Guildford, the new two-storey residence offers a

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St Vincent’s Reaches Practical Completion

It’s with great pleasure that we can announce the new St Vincent’s redevelopment has reached practical completion. Handover from the builder took place on 17th December and while we have now taken possession of the building, set-up activities are still in progress. We would like to extend our congratulations and thanks to all involved and a

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At the Technological Forefront

Catholic Homes is at the forefront of technological and medical advances in aged care ranging from electronic medication management and facial recognition technology for pain assessment.

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iCare with Purpose: Technological Leaps in Medication Management

Moving away from a paper-based system not only improves the medication management for Catholic Homes’ residents, but also frees up staff time to focus on personalised care. At Catholic Homes, the key to medication management is the health and safety of our residents, while ensuring we’re compliant with industry standards. With the implementation of the

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St Vincent’s: Revitalising Aged Care

Encapsulating its prime riverside location, the St Vincent’s redevelopment offers contemporary living to Guildford’s aged care community. As the St Vincent’s redevelopment races to its scheduled December 2019 completion, the site embraces a shift from the traditional aged care model to a modern approach. The welcoming environment at St Vincent’s will be further enhanced by

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Our Dementia Support Group

Please find attached your invitation to our next Dementia Support Group session on Wednesday 19th February at Castledare from 6.30-8.00pm. The Dementia Support Group is open to the public and all are welcome to come along and discuss your experiences of having loved ones living with dementia.

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Home Care is now in the Wheatbelt

Did you know that as well servicing the metropolitan area and Mandurah, our Home Care team also visit the Wheatbelt. We offer a wide variety of tailored services through funded Home Care packages, Private Services, Pastoral Care, Volunteers in Place service, Day Therapy as well as Short Term Restorative Care and Respite Services to help

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A Double Win at Institute of Hospitality in Healthcare Excellence Awards

We always knew we had stars in the making with a double win at the 2019 Western Australian Sub Branch Institute of Hospitality in Healthcare Excellence Awards (ICCH) on 5th July 2019 at the Pagod Resort and Spa in Como. Marist Lodge Chef Parween Ramsahye won the Brightest Star Award and was nominated for being “a fabulous

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Building a New Way of Living at St Vincent’s

The St Vincent’s redevelopment is powering ahead and due for a 2019 completion. The new two-storey building includes 86 single bedrooms with ensuites and one couples suite with a double bed, sitting room and ensuite, WiFi, TVs and individual temperature controls. “The new facility might be modern but we will still have the same friendly

Care with Purpose in action

Out and About – News from our residences

Out and About is our monthly newsletter with highlights of our Care with Purpose approach. You are invited to read more about our unique model of care.