We were founded in 1968 by the Knights of the Southern Cross – an order of Catholic laymen promoting Christian life in Australia.
Our first project was to build a number of one-bedroom units at Croydon Park.
During the early 70s, we built 416 one-bedroom units on 30 sites in Adelaide and Mount Gambier.
Soon, 600 retirees enjoyed independent living accommodation under our care.
To meet a growing demand for aged care in a hostel-style environment, we built a 160-unit hostel at North Plympton in the late 70s, followed by an adjacent 146-bed nursing home.
For the next three decades, we expanded our services to meet the growing demands of an ageing population.
In 1997, we took the name Southern Cross Care.
In 2008, we received a grant to build extensive facilities in Darwin, with the first stage (Retirement Living) due to open in March 2011.
We’ve received four national awards for service, innovation and best practice; two awards for building excellence and many accolades for safety and injury management.
Evolution through excellence
Building on 40 years of experience and person-centred values, our dedicated team now exceeds 1500 staff and volunteers.
We have around 700 retirement village units and provide 1350 residential places across Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Our comprehensive community programs serve more than 4000 people per year.
Our focus is to deliver services that promote client choice and meet people’s changing care needs.
With a full range of independent living, residential and community options, including Rehabilitation Services, we provide a continuum of aged care.
We tangibly improve the quality of life of our Seniors by providing community support and services in line with contemporary social policy.