Ryde

New day dawns for 130 year old Ryde charity

The Weekly Times this week reveals what the new $60 million dollars Calvary residential development at Ryde will look like.

This Calvary Ryde Retirement Community’s Stage One residential development is scheduled to be completed next month.
It is co-located with the heritage listed Dalton House and features a new facility to replace the pevious residential accommodation for retirees and will provide residents with single rooms, all with ensuites.
General Manager Joseph Massih said the new building meets community expectations on the standards of accommodation in the aged care sector.
“The new building is reflective of the huge transformation in aged care,” he said.
“The new amenities include a café, hair salon, activity spaces, administration services and a choice of several communal lounge areas.
“Based on our residents’ needs and feedback, the new facility  promotes residents’ privacy whilst maintaining their independence and creating opportunities for social interaction with family and friends.”
NSW Regional CEO, Bryan McLoughlin said the redevelopment enables Calvary to continue to deliver high quality care.
“Calvary is a charitable Catholic not-for-profit organisation dedicated to reinvesting in the communities in which we operate,” Mr McLoughlin said.
“Since we were established in Ryde 135 years ago, we have grown to meet the needs of the Ryde community.
“The new building is purpose built to allow ‘ageing in place’ and enhance residents’ socialisation, independence, health and overall well-being.
“It has been two years in the making, incorporating feedback from our residents. 
“We have built the best facilities possible to meet our residents’ needs.”
Other features include catering on site, a dedicated memory support unit with a purpose built garden for people living with Dementia, and expansive indoor and outdoor communal living spaces including a roof top garden with barbeque.
The Stage One accommodation includes 116 single rooms with ensuites. Stage Two will see the completion of a further 21 independent living units in early 2021.
Established in 1892 by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, Calvary Ryde Retirement Community is set amidst eight hectares of lush landscaped grounds in Ryde. 
The land was gifted to the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (LCM) in 1890 by Thomas Dalton and in his memory; the magnificent heritage listed ‘Dalton House’ takes pride of place to the left of the main entrance. 
Originally established as Mount St Margaret’s (psychiatric) Hospital, it became a retirement and aged care in the early 1990’s.
Calvary has provided health care to the most vulnerable Australians, including those reaching the end of their life, since the arrival in Australia of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary in 1885. 
“We are a charitable Catholic not-for-profit organisation operating across six states and territories in Australia with 14 public and private hospitals, 17 Retirement and Aged Care facilities, and a national network of Community Care centres,” Mr McLoughlan said.
 For more information visit www.calvarycare.org.au