Our Development Over Time

In 1946 six Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) arrived in Australia from Canada, Ireland and England. The Sisters began to care for women in Surry Hills, Sydney, who were either destitute, socially at risk or intellectually disadvantaged. The founding Sisters assumed management of the institution which became known as ‘Our Lady of Consolation’.

With the numbers increasing a larger property was sought and found at Rooty Hill, in the Outer West of Sydney, on a five-hectare site which was formerly a golf course and country club.

On July 25th 1959 Our Lady of Consolation was officially opened and the residents moved from the inner city to their new environment at Rooty Hill. In 1962 – 1963 the original buildings were extended to cater for up to 300 aged care residents.

An ongoing program of building replacement and enhancement has continued and all the current residents are accommodated in modern contemporary buildings. All residents are now accommodated in single rooms, with the exception of five double rooms in the nursing home.

From 1989 Our Lady of Consolation started providing services in the community to enable people to stay in their own homes for longer. These services were funded under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

In 1998 the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary moved to a more contemporary model of governance and formed a new Company known as Our Lady of Consolation Aged Care & Services Ltd and assigned to this new company responsibility for the operation of the residential aged care and community aged care services.

In 2002 our first OLOC ‘Packaged Care’ community care service commenced, and since 2005 there has been substantial expansion and diversification in these packaged care services. We now operate a full range of community care services in an area stretching from Mt Druitt to Epping, and from Merrylands to Dural. More than 25% of our staff now work in community care roles.

In 2008 OLOC was successful in obtaining funding under the National Demonstration Day Respite (DDR) Program for a Day Respite and Wellness Service, catering for up to 75 consumers/carers per week.