Cabrini Care, the Westmead residential aged care community named after the patroness of immigrants, has found its own new family as part of major not-for-profit provider Bolton Clarke’s growing independent living services group.
The 120-bed aged care community with adjacent retirement living development site adds to Bolton Clarke’s existing NSW presence including residential and retirement communities at Banora Point, Port Macquarie and Lake Macquarie.
Bolton Clarke CEO Stephen Muggleton said like Cabrini Care, Bolton Clarke’s work is underpinned by a strong tradition of care and a deep respect for the organisation’s heritage.
Bolton Clarke is the new name for RSL Care + RDNS which was created when the two organisations came together in 2015. RSL Care (founded in Queensland) has been supporting people at home, in retirement and residential aged care communities for over 80 years. RDNS (Royal District Nursing Service) is Australia’s oldest provider of home nursing and healthcare, beginning in Melbourne 132 years ago in 1885.
The Cabrini site also has a long history of providing services to people in Westmead and Parramatta, first opening as birthing hospital Deskford House in the 1930s under Sister Iris Butler.
Sister Butler’s descendants transformed the site into an aged care community in the 1960s, with many local residents who were born at the site since returning there as residents.
“We are excited to be taking this next step with the Bolton Clarke Cabrini community,” Mr Muggleton said.
“Our vision is to provide our customers with the right support, health, wellbeing, accommodation and lifestyle services to meet individual needs across a continuum of care.”
In keeping with Bolton Clarke Cabrini’s commitment to furthering the work of Mother Cabrini, who worked with Italian immigrants in New York and later established schools and hospitals across Europe and Central and South America, Bolton Clarke supports clients from 168 countries who speak more than 133 languages.
Its National Language Line provides access to aged care information to people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in their own language and its interactive talking books cover topics including medication management, diabetes and dementia in languages including Italian, Greek, Vietnamese and Macedonian.