Our home care clients in Goolwa enjoy a relaxed and peaceful lifestyle in a natural and unspoilt coastal town. Goolwa is only 90 kms from Adelaide and about a ninety minute drive, located at the mouth of the River Murray. The Goolwa State Heritage Area forms a large part of the town promoting the history of Goolwa when it was a busy river port.
St Louis’ home care social programs are popular among the locals in Goolwa. Our weekly bus tours get people out and about in the community, fostering new friendships and enjoying what Goolwa and surrounding towns have to offer.
Goolwa has a population of 2,350 people with a mild climate, a few degrees cooler than Adelaide. In winter it averages 14-17 degrees and in summer it averages 24-27 degrees. The climate allows people to stay active outdoors, summer or winter.
Goolwa is an historic inland port where the mouth of the River Murray and the Southern Ocean meet. Goolwa was declared a State Heritage Area in 1987 and has several well-preserved buildings in town. You can enjoy a cruise with friends or the family on the Murray River in an authentic paddle steamer from 1908, the P.S Oscar-W.
Things to do in Goolwa
Goolwa’s seaside location encourages people outdoors to enjoy scenic walks, boating, fishing and other activities. There are also many art and crafts from local creatives and cafes and restaurants to meet friends.
Cruises – on the main wharf at Goolwa, you’ll find a selection of cruises that will take you along the entire length of the River Murray. Some cruises will take you into the Coorong where you’ll see a variety of birdlife in a natural an unspoilt habitat.
Art Galleries – art galleries are abundant in Goolwa with local artists showcasing their very best in several galleries in town. Goolwa has gained a reputation in recent years as an art-hub. For any art lover, Goolwa is ideal.
Shopping – Cadell Street is the town’s shopping precinct with beautiful little cafes, bakeries and restaurants along with gift stores and homewares. The Goolwa Wharf Markets on Sundays (twice a month) have locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, other gourmet produce from the Fleurieu Peninsula and many art and craft stalls.
Dementia Care in Goolwa
Dementia care is an integral part of our home care service in Goolwa. We customise a home care plan to include services that specifically support the person living at home with dementia. For people needing some additional care, we offer residential dementia and respite care at St Louis On Sea in Victor Harbor. St Louis on Sea is an eight-bed specialist nursing home located right across the road from the beach. Our carers are trained in the Montessori approach to aged care and dementia care.
St Louis established Australia's first dementia-specific community aged care packages in 2003 for low level care at home, and extended this to high level care at home in 2006.
Our registered nurses and care staff are all thoroughly trained in the provision of care to those living with dementia and the organisation is constantly reviewing and integrating the latest best practice dementia care techniques available.