The History of Adventist Residential Care

Sherwin Lodge Retirement Village, as it was previously known. is in reality, the fulfilment of a vision; the fulfilment of a hope the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church had nearly 80 years ago. As far back as 1931 at a church convention held in Guildford, there was a call to establish a home for the aged.

Initially a six bed service commenced in Leederville in the home of the Boyle family. This property, known as Elmshaven, was officially opened as a home for the aged in 1952. The matron was Lou Bailey.

Two pioneer Adventist doctors of medicine chose to retire and settle in Perth. Dr Thomas Sherwin and his wife, Doctor Margaritta Freeman cherished a dream to see a larger home for the elderly established in Perth. The Church's administration responded positively to their dream and a committee was appointed to look for suitable land and several sites were considered. After an inspection of the sites the one adjacent to Bull Creek in Rossmoyne was chosen.

On December 11, 1960 the Executive Committee of the Western Australian Conference of Seventh-day Adventists took action to obtain the land where the current facility stands. This decision was in harmony with the advice from Doctors Sherwin and Freeman. Fund-raising by the Church became a priority and many folk committed funds with pledges and donations. Both State and Commonwealth Governments also contributed. Plans were drawn, the site was cleared and the foundations were laid. The original Sherwin Lodge was designed to accommodate 15 residents plus staff.

On July 7, 1963, the building was officially opened. By the end of that year 14 cottages had also been built in the village. Matron Bailey from Elmshaven was appointed as the first matron and she brought with her the six residents she had been caring for at Elmshaven and so they became Sherwin Lodge's first residents. The initial plans for Sherwin Lodge allowed for the addition of a second storey. This was added two years later in 1965. This provided accommodation for a further 15 residents. At the same time six more cottages were built.

State and Commonwealth Government approvals allowed for the next stage of development, being the Nursing Home. The 33 bed facility was officially opened on October 18, 1970, and was fittingly named, Freeman Nursing Home, in honour of Dr Margaritta Freeman. Then in 1973 a community hall (now known as the Chapel), a library and six bed-sit units were built.

Further residential cottages and an Activity Centre were later built to enhance the village. An extensive refurbishment and expansion of Sherwin Lodge was officially opened on May 28, 1995. These new works included ensuites to every room which well exceeded community expectations at the time.

Since then a renewal program has been unfolding in the Retirement Village with the oldest cottages being replaced one by one with well-appointed, modern accommodation facilities.

Today, Adventist Residential Care - Rossmoyne is an incorporated aged care company owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. While facilities, employees and residents may gradually come and go over the years, the mission and vision of the institution do not change.

Since their establishment Sherwin Lodge and Freeman Nursing Home, though they were administered by one team, did operate somewhat independently. They were registered with the Authorities independently and provided related, but different services. In late 2007, after a long process of negotiation with authorities, Sherwin Lodge Hostel and Freeman Nursing Home amalgamated into one facility and thereafter was recognised as such by regulatory bodies. The newly amalgamated service provider took on the full name of Adventist Residential Care - Rossmoyne, while recognising and preserving its history, it renamed the facilities as Freeman Wing and Sherwin Wing.

Adventist Residential Care - Rossmoyne now operates with 80 aged care beds for elderly folk who need the additional care that comes with the challenges of ageing.

The Rossmoyne Adventist Retirement Village, as it is called today, has 78 Independent Living units on the site including 11 bed-sitter units (known now as apartments),  that are attached to the Sherwin Wing but are for independent residents. The continuing renewal program ensures that modern independent cottages are being established on site to replace the original buildings.

Adventist Residential Care - Rossmoyne has a rich history of contribution and commitment in the support of the elderly and that remains unchanged today. While the faces and the names of residents may change, the purpose and intent of the entity continue. God has blessed this Rossmoyne endeavour and evidence of His blessing continues today.

Background to Place Names Used at Adventist Residential Care - Rossmoyne:

Maberley Court - named in honour of Pastor Frank Maberley who was the President of the Western Australian Conference of Seventh-day Adventists at the time of Sherwin Lodge's commencement.

Freeman Drive and Freeman Wing - named in honour of Doctor Margaritta Freeman who was a co-driving force behind the establishment of the aged care services at Rossmoyne.

Bailey Circle - named in honour Matron Lou Bailey who was the first matron of Sherwin Lodge.

Sherwin Wing - named in honour of Doctor Thomas Sherwin who was a co-driving force behind the establishment of the aged care services at Rossmoyne.