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New era for St Catherine’s


The new Calvary St Catherine’s residential aged care home was blessed by the Bishop of Port Pirie Karol Kulczycki SDS recently.

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The simple but powerful service on September 23 coincided with the first anniversary of residents moving into their new home. Fittingly, resident Peter Sharpe, who was born at the original Berri Hospital which later became St Catherine’s aged care home, welcomed guests and spoke of how much the residents were enjoying their new home and the amenities and care provided.

Calvary’s Regional chief executive officer for South Australia and Northern Territory, Sharon Kendall, paid tribute to those who began and continued the remarkable story of St Catherine’s throughout the decades – from the remarkable Love sisters who began and ran the Riverland town’s original hospital to the Daughters of Charity and Sisters of St Joseph who established and ran the aged care home before it came under the direction of Calvary.

Ms Kendall also paid tribute to the dedicated Calvary staff who have worked tirelessly to care for the residents since the pandemic.

Built at a cost of $19 million, the new Calvary St Catherine’s on McGilton Road opened for residents in September last year.

Purpose-built to assist residents as they age and as their care needs change, it was designed to support residents’ independence, social interactions, health and overall wellbeing, and to enable best practice care for people living with varying levels of dementia.

It includes 50 ensuite single rooms, garden courtyards, a chapel, resident’s café and alfresco area, a private dining room so residents can dine with family and friends, entertainment and activity rooms, lounge areas, a men’s shed, hair salon, and library.

It also features a chapel with a beautiful stained glass window that depicts the Murray River, long the lifeblood of the Riverland community.


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