A journey through time, care and community
Andrew Kerr Care began as a Presbyterian Manse in 1875 named Glenbank. Over time, Andrew Kerr Care has served the Mornington Peninsula community in many capacities including a children’s home, a day care centre for the aged and a 30-bed hostel. Andrew Kerr Care stands today proudly serving the Mornington Peninsula community with a range of services including Residential Aged Care, Respite Care, Home Care and Day Care.
Barkly Street built as a Presbyterian Manse
“Glenbank” at 107 Barkly Street built as the Presbyterian Manse for The Rev. J.A. Caldwell, St. Andrew’s Church, Mornington
Mornington Football Team drowns in boating disaster
Fifteen members of the Mornington Football Team were drowned in a boating disaster returning home from a match Mordialloc. Three of those drowned were sons of Rev. Caldwell
Sgt Andrew Kerr is Killed in Action, WWI
Sergeant Andrew Kerr was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France whilst serving his country during the First World War. “Glenbank” was purchased and donated to the Church of England Trust Corporation by Mrs. Andrew Kerr, Mrs. Kathleen Parker & Mr. Critchley Parker. The home was donated as a memorial to the son of Mrs Kerr, Sergeant Andrew Kerr.
Memorial Home for Children opens
The Andrew Kerr Memorial Home for Children was opened by the Governor General Lord Forster.
Canon Watt accepts management role of the Home
The Mission of St. James and St. John was requested to take over the management of the Home, and Canon Watt, on behalf of the Mission, accepted the responsibility.
Children’s Home is put up for Auction
The Mission of St. James and St. John closed the Children’s Home and issued instructions that the property be put up for Auction in nine separate lots.
Mornington Bush Nursing Hospital purchases Home
Mornington Bush Nursing Hospital purchased the nine lots at a cost of $327,000.00 which included “Glenbank”, cream brick buildings that were the original dormitories of the orphanage, the garages and workshops and the Manager’s residence which was known as 109 Barkly Street.
Day Care Centre for the frail and aged opens
The Committee of Management of the Hospital opened a much needed Day Care Centre for the frail and aged.
Committee of Management appointed
April 1986, a Committee of Management is appointed, comprising six members of the Bush Nursing Hospital Committee and six residents of the district, including Mr. John Humphris, who was elected the first Chairman.
Thirty bed Hostel opened by Prime Minister R.J. Hawke
A thirty (30) bed hostel was opened by the then Prime Minister R.J. Hawke.
The first person took-up residence in the hostel.
Thirty bed Nursing Home becomes operational
A 30 bed nursing home became operational.
Day Care Centre Closed
The Day Care Centre operated by the Bush Nursing Hospital closed due to its increasing costs
Funding from the State Government
Funding from the State Government provided for a twenty placement Day Care Centre three days a week for the elderly residents of Mornington
Andrew Kerr became an entity
Andrew Kerr became an entity in its own right, with a ten member Board of Management and a full time CEO located on the premises in Tanti Avenue.
Aged Care Act
The Aged Care Act brought significant challenges and opportunities to the aged care sector.
Redevelopment in excess of $10,000,000.00 was undertaken.
Additional fifty-six residential places
The development was opened providing an additional fifty-six residential places, a new commercial kitchen and laundry, a chapel, multi-purpose meeting room, coffee shop, hairdressing salon and a doctor’s room.
Plans submitted to Council for independent living units and rebuilding of sections of current residential care buildings.
Two new modern units open
Flinders and Sorrento are opened in Andrew Kerr, providing 60 beds in two new modern units.
“ Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community all working together.
“ Sometimes you have to create what you want to be a part of. We help create community.
“ Community is many acts of kindness having a large and beneficial impact on the lives of others.