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Caroline Chisholm Aged Care Home is located on the corner of Burns Bay Road and Cope Street in the Sydney suburb of Lane Cove. Steeped in local history, this land was originally purchased in 1893 by Charles Ludowici from a former private in the Royal Marines, William Henry. After the purchase, Charles went on to build his home ‘Walhalla’, which kept expanding from its original footprint as his family and needs grew. However it wasn’t until 1922 that Charles second son, Henry Ludowici used three acres of this land to build ‘Weetawaa’, which still exists today as the current aged care home.
In 1954 Henry sold ‘Weetawaa’ to engineer, Thomas Air who then sold the home in 1967 to Norkom Pty Ltd. It was at this stage that the property was modelled into the Caroline Chisholm Aged Care Home that we know and love. This home was named after Mrs Caroline Chisholm, who devoted her life to the welfare and care of New South Wales early settlers in the mid 1800s. The aged care home received its very first resident in February of 1968 and has been accepting residents every day since then. Over the years, a second secure floor for people with dementia and two additional wings were added. The separate house from original owner Charles Ludowici ‘Walhalla’ and surrounding land became part of the Caroline Chisholm Retirement Village, which is located directly next door but is a separate business entity to the Caroline Chisholm Aged Care Home.
In June 2006, Hall & Prior acquired the home which was once known as ‘Weetawaa’.The 79-bed home offers a variety of accommodation options in this grand federation-style building. Caroline Chisholm Aged Care home runs a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week registered nursing care service and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and located close to shops and public transport.
The staff at Caroline Chisholm Aged Care Home pride themselves on their multi-cultural approach to care within the community and provide each individual in their care with the support they need to continue enjoying meaningful and happy lives.
Since being acquired Caroline Chisholm has undergone several renovations to improve its structure and appearance while still holding on to its heritage appeal.
Today, Caroline Chisholm Aged Care Home is home to many residents who love the feel of living in its real and genuine home-style accommodation that is also based on such a rich local history.