Calvary St Joseph’s Retirement Community provides aged care and independent living accommodation to 130 residents in the bushland of Sandgate. The facility also offers a dementia secure unit, large entertaining areas and extensive gardens including a sensory garden.
The residence has supported and served the Newcastle and Lower Hunter communities for more than 70 years. Now known as Calvary St Joseph’s, the original St Joseph’s began providing care for the community in August 1946, when the first patients were admitted. From those very humble beginnings, St Joseph’s grew and in 1959 the major buildings and Chapel were officially opened and the buildings blessed as a ‘home for the aged’.
Guided by Calvary’s 135 year history in health care, you will have peace of mind with access to quality care. With light-filled living spaces and beautifully landscaped grounds, now is the perfect time to be welcomed into this caring and close-knit community.
You can experience a wonderful lifestyle with both peaceful and restful moments balanced with a socially active calendar of events. There are beautiful and lush gardens to enjoy as well as recreational areas and children’s playgrounds to entertain visiting families.
We have three different accommodation options to suit you or your family member’s needs:
- Residential Aged Care – Permanent accommodation with specialist care services
- Independent Living – Freedom and space without the worry of maintaining a property
- Respite Care – Short term accommodation for up to two weeks
“I visited my father in the Max Colby unit and was most impressed with the nurses, kitchen staff, cleaners and all. All staff were fantastic. Dad looks wonderful. Dad also speaks highly of the place. He is very happy.” Louise, family member.
Residential Aged Care
Calvary St Joseph’s Retirement Community is a friendly community with extensive grounds. Residents enjoy leisure and lifestyle activities including arts, crafts, bingo, cooking, exercise programs and singing. There are regular bus trips, social outings and onsite entertainment.
- Variety of room configurations
- Recreational activities
- Staffed 24 hours a day
- Dining and entertainment areas
- Meals cooked onsite
- Specialised menus
- 24/7 Medical services
- Access to Allied Services
- Onsite chapel
Residential Care is for older people whom, for a variety of reasons, are unable to live at their home.
Staff provide support with day-to-day tasks and there is 24/7 access to specialist medical services.
Through an engaging leisure and lifestyle program and individualised care plans, resident’s emotional, physical and medical needs are catered for.
Before moving into a Calvary Residential Care facility, you will need to be independently assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). This is a free service.
To arrange an assessment please contact the Referral and Information Centre on 02 4936 3215.
Once you’ve been assessed, please contact our Calvary Care Choices Advisors on 1800 222 000. They’ll have all the information you require and can discuss the various options available to you.
Calvary St Joseph’s Village is a community of one and two bedroom units, providing the freedom of independent living with access to all the facilities within Calvary St Joseph’s Retirement Community. Our residents enjoy an active social community, close to public transport, and a short drive to Warabrook Shopping centre and Hexham Bowling Club.
- 1 and 2 bedroom units
- Private and tranquil location
- Garage and carports available
- Community based lifestyle
- Close to public transport
- Close to shopping
- Maintained grounds
- 24/7 security monitoring
Independent Living Units are designed for older people who are able to care for themselves but are looking to move to a home that requires less maintenance.
What if my needs change?
There is also a Residential Care facility co-located on the grounds of the village.
The waiting time for a unit will depend on a number of factors, including vacancies, the position of other people already on the waiting list and their availability to take up opportunities at the time of offer.
It’s good to plan ahead
You do not need an ACAT assessment to live in independent living plus it’s free to join the waiting list.
Calvary respite accommodation is a great way to get the support you need when your regular carer is away, needs a break or has other commitments.
- 1 or 2 week stay
- Up to 9 weeks per year
- Support when carer away
Respite accommodation provides support for you and your carer.
Residential Respite Care can provide your carer with a break. It may give them time to manage work commitments, handle family responsibilities, enjoy a weekend away or have an extended holiday.
It is also a good way to see if a Residential Care Facility is the right fit for you. Our respite accommodation gives you an opportunity to experience our wonderful care and friendly community before you make a formal commitment.
Please call 1800 052 222 and speak to Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre – Hunter
You can be entitled up to 9 weeks of Respite Accommodation per financial year.