Mother and daughter opt to retrain at new Calvary home

When one door closes, another door opens. That’s the positive mindset of Jess Jones, former cleaner at the now closed Calvary Bonbeach and now the friendly face at reception greeting residents, visitors and staff at Calvary George Vowell on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. As a home support officer (HSO), Jess counts

Calvary Riverina seeks community input

Calvary Riverina Hospital is embarking on a new chapter, with consultation underway to support planning for future services a the hospital. To do this, Calvary is developing a Clinical Services Plan (CSP) that identifies the healthcare required to meet the needs of the Riverina into the future, considering population objectives

Calvary resident sets skydiving goal to jump-start his life

Calvary Bayview aged care resident Brian Corbyn was feeling pretty flat. So he jumped out of a plane. The tandem skydive seems to have been just the ticket for the father and grandfather. “It was a great feeling, the adrenaline of it all,” Brian said after completing his jump. “I

Extended wing at Calvary George Vowell welcomes new residents

Calvary has opened the doors to a 19-bed fully refurbished wing at its Calvary George Vowell residential aged care home in Mount Eliza. Calvary invested $300,000 to expand capacity at the home, delivering a contemporary design that supports modern models of care for aged care residents. The new residents in

New name reflects identity of Calvary at Kingswood

New signage reading Calvary Kingswood is the official public notice of a name change for the residential aged care home previously known as Mitcham. Located in the Adelaide suburb of Kingswood, the installed signage is the final step of a name change first proposed following Calvary’s acquisition at the home

2. Resident Valda Wardley will be one of the Calvary Goonawarra team manning the stall at SunFest.
Crafty Calvary residents back for fun in the SunFest

Crafty residents will be front and centre at Calvary Goonawarra‘s stall at SunFest this weekend, selling knitted items and bead jewellery made especially for the community festival. The Calvary Goonawarra team are back bigger and better this year, after being awarded Best Business/Service at their inaugural appearance at last year’s festival. Behind

Calvary Sandhill residents chip in to help homeless

For a year, residents at Calvary Sandhill aged care home have been whipping up batches of choc-chip cookies and muffins and packaging them up for delivery to local homelessness charity, Strike It Out. Calvary Sandhill’s Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator, Candace Harrington, said she approached residents after seeing a post from

Calvary volunteer receives OAM at Australia Day Honours

Calvary volunteer Anne Crummy has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in this year’s Australia Day Honours. The retired librarian became a volunteer archivist with Calvary in Hobart in 2017 after returning to her home town.  Since then she has been part of a team developing

Nursing traineeship a win-win for South West Rocks and Calvary

Calvary is fast-becoming the local employer of choice for the young people of South West Rocks on the NSW mid-north coast thanks to a nursing traineeship program gaining popularity. Nadia Rhodes always dreamed of working in aged care and six months ago, the dream became a reality through her traineeship

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Generations share time and life lessons at Calvary St Paul’s

Calvary St Paul’s Residential Aged Care resident Lance Batey has advanced dementia and rarely speaks, except when students from Cundletown Public School arrive for their weekly ‘Grandparents Day’. “Whenever the children come in to visit, Lance just opens up. It’s like the children open the window to where he is

Calvary & University of Canberra partnership for training, education and research

Calvary and the University of Canberra have entered into a formal partnership to provide the Territory’s future nurses, midwives and allied health professionals with practical, hands-on training in the workplace ensuring they are job-ready graduates. The three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed today, serves as a commitment to health research,

Calvary steps away from Clare Holland House to ensure coordinated care

Calvary has made the difficult decision to step away from delivering services at Clare Holland House to ensure the integrated care model is preserved for patients and staff. Calvary has been providing highly valued, specialised palliative care services to Canberrans since 1995, with hospice services provided at Clare Holland House

Calvary continues to put staff at the centre of ACT transition

Calvary is disappointed by the ACT Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the application challenging the validity of the Health Infrastructure Enabling Act 2023. Calvary National Chief Executive, Martin Bowles, said the decision to mount a legal challenge against the proposed compulsory acquisition of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce was taken in

Learning from each other – Intergenerational Program

If you tuned into the ABC’s groundbreaking series Old People’s Home for Teenagers last year, you would have been hard pressed not to be moved by the participants as they shared their experiences, thoughts and vulnerabilities. While that intergenerational experiment was airing, a more low-key program pairing young and old

Tom & Lyla’s story: Peace of mind amongst friends

It was a fall that did it. “I had a fall in the bathroom in our old apartment,” recalled Lyla Weisler, one of the first retirees to move into the new Hyson Apartments, part of the new Calvary Kooyong integrated care precinct in Melbourne. “I just fell and I couldn’t

Nancy comes home to her happy place

Calvary Mirridong, in Bendigo, Victoria, was once named “Bendigo Blind Home”. In 1960, a local radio station ran a “Give it a Name” competition to rename the home. There were 490 entries submitted and the winning entry “Mirridong”, meaning happy home, came from Nancy Winzar. Nancy, who is now 94

Musical therapy brings joy for Flora McDonald residents

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen Residents from our Memory Support Unit at Calvary Flora McDonald, Cowandilla, are enjoying weekly music therapy sessions as part of a 10-week trial program run by a registered music therapist from Creative Therapy Adelaide. The program and an instrument kit has

Inaugural mass and blessing of the Calvary Kooyong Chapel

This week, friends and colleagues at Calvary Kooyong attended a moving Inaugural Mass and Chapel Blessing of the onsite Chapel. The event was attended by the Calvary Sisters, residents from the onsite Huntly Suites aged care home and the Hyson retirement apartments, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem staff and volunteers as

Vice-regal reception for Calvary volunteers in Tasmania

Its not often you get to celebrate your 21st birthday with a vice-regal reception at Government House but that was the case this week for the dedicated volunteers at Calvary’s Lenah Valley and St John’s hospitals. About 70 of the volunteers celebrated in style when they met with the Governor

New Melbourne precinct takes ageing in place to the next level

Graham Archer personifies Calvary Kooyong’s long-held vision and underlying care concept to support its residents and patients to live well and meet their changing health or social needs. “This whole place really is a total package,” says Graham, whose world changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Quality in Retreat – Reigniting the Debate on Quality

As a member of the Global Impact Committee (GIC), I am pleased to share our first report, Quality in Retreat – Reigniting the Debate on Quality. The GIC leads thought leadership programs to promote the priority of quality in health care aimed at senior leaders of health care systems, politicians

Enriching lives, one song at a time

A special choir in suburban Melbourne is helping people living with Huntington’s Disease find their voice and enrich their lives, one song at a time. Run by Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, the Enrich choir brings joy, provides therapeutic and social benefits, and helps enable participants to live their best lives.

three elderly sisters sitting on a couch together in an aged care home
The Three Sisters of Calvary

While most consider the Three Sisters to be a famous landmark and tourist destination in the Blue Mountains, at Calvary, we also have our very own ‘three sisters’ who are not only an attraction but also the heart and soul of Calvary Lower Plenty Garden Views. Situated in Melbourne’s leafy

Acknowledging the importance of Anzac Day

Anzac Day falls on 25 April each year, commemorating the lives of all Australians who have served their country in times of war, including our own Leslie Hughes, a resident at Calvary Rye Sands on the Mornington Peninsula.

Calvary Mater Newcastle: Dry July 2020

Thank you for being part of Dry July 2020 Now that Dry July 2020 is complete, we wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to those who took part and supported us! With all of the unpredictability and change that 2020 has delivered, we’re so grateful that so many people chose