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Marian Nursing Home: a ministry of care spanning 50 years


Catholic Outlook February 2015: Marian Nursing Home
The new Marian Nursing Home at North Parramatta opened on 16 August 1991.

Originally published in Catholic Outlook February 2015

Marian Nursing Home recently celebrated 50 years of caring for our community. Owned and operated by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, this significant local institution is devoted to the care of people living with dementia.

Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians. Many local families have first-hand experience of caring for a loved one living with dementia, including the need for specialist residential aged care.

Marian Nursing Home meets this need through the provision of 80 permanent places for residents in a peaceful North Parramatta setting.

Marian Nursing Home’s 50th anniversary was marked with a memorable gathering on 12 December, which included a thanksgiving liturgy celebrated by Rev Fr Bob Bossini, Parish Priest of St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish in Parramatta.

Those present also enjoyed a performance by the Chamber Ensemble from Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta.

The event was well attended by residents and their families, past and present staff, volunteers and representatives of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Catholic Church Insurance, Harvey Plumbing, Masonicare and Aged Care Quality Agency.

Catholic Outlook February 2015: Marian Nursing Home
Director of Nursing Therese Petrie reflects on Marian Nursing Home’s history of service to the Parramatta community.

Community leaders present included Parramatta’s Bishop Emeritus Bede Heather, Marian Advisory Board members and the State Member for Parramatta, Dr Geoff Lee.

In a moving speech at the event, Director of Nursing Therese Petrie reflected on the history of Marian Nursing Home. The strong Catholic mission of the facility was evident as Ms Petrie reflected spoke about the home as a “place of spirit”.

Ms Petrie advised that 589 people had been housed at Marian Nursing Home since it was established in 1964. In a touching tribute to the dignity of residents, Ms Petrie stated that each “… in their own way brought something unique and special to the home, each bringing their personality and adding colour and richness to our small community”.

Catholic Outlook February 2015: Marian Nursing Home
Veteran staff members Carmel Edwards and Kirsti Hentunen cut Marian Nursing Home’s ‘birthday cake’.

Marian Nursing Home was originally established to meet the needs of elderly residents who had been long-term residents of the Cumberland Psychiatric Hospital.

The Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches also responded to the government request for the provision of such a service.

In 2009, Chesalon Anglicare transferred the management of its facility to Marian Nursing Home. The 50th anniversary celebrations were attended by Anglican Pastoral Care worker Harry Hennessey, whose continuing support for Marian Nursing Home has grown from the ecumenical history of the facility.

The rich history of Marian Nursing Home was showcased through a photographic display as part of the celebrations. Dedicated supporters included St Vincent de Paul Society (Westmead Branch) and the Catholic Women’s League, whose members provided additional comforts to residents through their fundraising efforts.

Catholic Outlook February 2015: Marian Nursing Home
Peter Melverton and his sister, Caroline Rickard, enjoy a special moment together.

The event provided an opportunity to recognise the dedication of Marian Nursing Home’s 110 staff. The long service of Carmel Edwards (34 years) and Kirsti Hentunen (32 years) was highlighted. Guests enjoyed a rousing rendition of the Marian Nursing Home staff song.

The vibrant anniversary celebrations were a fitting way to mark Marian Nursing Home’s milestone achievement. People living with dementia will continue to benefit from Marian Nursing Home’s spiritual approach to aged care for many more years to come.

For information about the care provided by Marian Nursing Home click here

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