Take the time to visit us and experience our home-like atmosphere first hand. Take a tour of the site and a chat with our staff about our range of services and activities we offer.
We provide exceptional care and respect for our residents, demonstrated in all that we do. At Calvary St Catherine’s we encourage family and friends to remain actively involved in their loved one’s life and be part of our close, welcoming community.
St Catherine’s was originally managed by the Daughters of Charity since its inauguration in 1961 and was set up as a non-denominational home. In 1987 the Sisters of St Joseph accepted responsibility for St Catherine’s when the Daughters of Charity were no longer able to continue staffing the site.
The Sisters of St Joseph and staff follow the tradition of Mary MacKillop in working with and supporting people in rural areas, and as a residential care facility for the residents of Berri and surrounds, it’s an integral part of the local community.
St Catherine’s has a homely environment with a range of shared facilities that residents can take advantage of including common lounge and dining areas, indoor and outdoor courtyards, barbeque area perfect for those small family gatherings and our on site chapel.
Skype is available to all residents who very much enjoy being able to have that face to face contact with family and friends who live nationally and internationally.
Accommodation at St Catherine’s is a mix of single rooms with ensuite and single and double rooms with shared bathroom. Rooms are furnished with standard furniture, allowing residents to add their own possessions to help provide a sense of ownership and belonging.
Family and friends are considered paramount to the residents’ wellbeing and are encouraged to continue to play a major role in their lives. Visiting hours are unlimited and visitors are welcomed for meals, outings, activities and special events.
Residents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the diverse range of programs and outings and there is always something happening for residents, including exercise for fun, bingo, music concerts, bowling, cooking, craft, movie afternoons, pet visits and happy hour.
Bus trips are a welcome diversion for residents, with outings scheduled to see the beach, hills and local area at various times in the year.
Our kitchen offers residents a variety of ‘home-cooked’ meals, using the finest of ingredients, prepared daily on the premises. Within our kitchen at St Catherine’s, our chef works in consultation with qualified staff to ensure that all of our residents enjoy a variety of nutritionally balanced, delicious meals.
Understanding that food is instrumental in achieving both good health and a high quality of life, we create menus that focus on great taste and variety. We offer a seasonal menu so as to provide new options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning tea, afternoon tea and supper and we regularly cater for theme days which the resident’s thoroughly enjoy.
We offer choices of hot and cold meals and can cater for allergies, intolerances and culturally specific needs.
When referring to pastoral care we mean the specific care and building up of the “whole” person in our care, that is, offering every available resource that will assist in the total care of each resident. The Pastoral Care Team at St Catherine’s which consists of three Sisters of St Joseph volunteers, respond to all residents who request Pastoral Care by offering them spiritual resources to assist them according to their faith and religious beliefs.
St Catherine’s Pastoral Care Team’s quality of care is marked by their overall sensitivity to and respect for residents, their families and their beliefs. The Pastoral Care Team unfailingly provides care and support to residents and their families when they are most vulnerable especially:
• When a loved one is dying
• At the time of their death
• During their time of bereavement
All staff at St Catherine’s underpin the Pastoral Care Team’s mission by responding to and meeting the needs of residents in our care, in a manner which is based on Christian values of respect, care and concern. St Catherine’s on-site chapel provides daily opportunity for prayer and reflection with Mass/Eucharist held regularly.