Tanya Kaesler – Clinical Nurse Consultant
I started work with St Catherine’s at Berri 12 years ago as an RN and loved the environment, the ethos of the Sisters and the community feel of a rural town. After two years I returned to Adelaide where I continued my nursing career outside of Aged Care. Then 16 months ago I took a twelve month placement back at St Catherine’s Home, which since 2010 comes under the Mary MacKillop Care SA umbrella.
I then transferred back to Adelaide to continue working with Mary MacKillop Care across their two residential sites being Flora McDonald and Tappeiner Court.
I came back and stayed, because Mary MacKillop Care SA is about holistic care of residents, not just nursing care. The leisure and lifestyle programs at all sites is phenomenal, the Pastoral Care teams are incredibly supportive of resident and family’s emotional and spiritual care and resident’s quality of life is upheld in all aspects.
Staff are valued and integral to the quality of care that we deliver, they are supported if they show an interest in advancing their career with training and development opportunities, with staff training to uphold our continuous improvement happening on an ongoing basis.
I recommend working at Mary MacKillop Care SA to all people who have a passion for supporting older South Australians because we really believe in quality of life, respect and dignity for all our residents.
My name is Mary White. I was born here in 1954 in the old Berri Hospital. My late Mum “Nellie Moritz” was a great volunteer at St. Catherine’s. Making her famous Grapefruit Jam, selling many raffle tickets, being President of Petticoat Lane. She was at the first Petticoat Lane meeting 47 years ago. I have been the Treasurer now for 9 years. We have raised over $200,000 over the past 46 years. Purchasing electric beds, lifters, oxygen machines etc. for the home.
I have volunteered for many years calling bingo, playing cards, assisting with meals, taking residents shopping and doing thier shopping for them. I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
The other day one of the residents needed help getting ready to come to do activities so I helped her get dressed, she thanked me. I said am doing this, so when I get here someone will help me! I could see her thinking she said I will help you when you get here! That is all the rewards I need to keep coming back!
I remember when I was 9 years old. I would come on Saturday mornings and help in the kitchen, with Sister Eugene. Back in 1999 my mum took me to Sydney. The first Sister Catherine was there, she was at the home where we stayed and Sister Eugene came to see us. It was great to catch up 36 years later, I am now married with 2 boys.
I now have my Mother-in-law in St. Catherine’s, she has been in here for 3 years. We are all very grateful, she is getting excellent care. All the staff are wonderful to her. They all call the residents by their first name. I know Betty feels very important.
Over the years I have seen many changes. The Berri Community is very lucky to have such a wonderful place to come too.
I only hope it is still here when it is time for me to come here to get care.
Ain Karim Community is a lovely environment to work in. The residents always make you feel so welcome. I have made some fantastic friends at Ain Karim.
Ain Karim Resident
I enjoy living at Ain Karim. I have some very good friends. I enjoy going to Cricket Thursday nights & Ten Pin Bowling Saturdays.
Ain Karim Resident
The Quality of care provided to Graham by Ain Karim for over 28 years has been exceptional. The level of professional development and high standards of implementation of policies, procedures and commitment to the mission statement by management and staff, underpins the entire operation of Ain Karim.
Our daughter Louise has been a resident at Ain Karim for over 16 years. From its early beginning with Sister Genevieve at Klemzig to the wonderful community at Enfield, we give thanks everyday for the care, compassion and opportunity for independence Ain Karim is giving our daughter.
I enjoy going to Bowls & Bowling. I like giving the residents a weather report. I like to go to Club Cool, the music is great.