Our Story

At the core of SD Care is commitment to have a team who provide care that is deeply personal and compassionate, recognising that every patient’s ordeal is as much his or her story, as it is ours.

We are committed to the Franciscan ethos:

We promote the Franciscan values of love, compassion, humility, spirituality, peace, joy, respect and service.
We are dedicated to meeting the unique needs of each person receiving care and the belief in the intrinsic value of human life in all its facets.

Flexible and accommodating
“I chose SD Care to provide personal care services for my father because of their Franciscan philosophy and I was not disappointed. They were flexible and accommodating, working with the family as his needs changed and so enabling him to stay in his own home. The staff provided a good level of care and became friends to him. I would highly recommend SD Care.”

Sue H

A new life – thank you SD Care
“My carers are much more than health care assistants to me, they are my eyes, my legs, my arms and my ears. Due to my deteriorating mental health, I used to be forgetful and tended to feel lost and disorientated all the time. Thanks to SD Care, I don’t have to worry anymore about my physical well being, they do everything for me! All I have to do is focus on my recovery and on finding some peace of mind.”

James B

An Ethical Business Model

At SD Care we run our business by prioritising the needs of clients and staff using a healthcare model that maximises cost efficiency and operational effectiveness. We work to high industry standards for care and innovation in our world of technology. At the core of our model we aim to use as much of our profits to support philanthropic projects with our partners around the world reaching out to the poorest of the poor. We firmly believe that we have a higher purpose that goes beyond our balance sheet and one that will make the world a better and happier place.

But what is the inspiration behind this model? …

“St Francis of Assisi taught me that there is a wound in the Creation and that the greatest use we could make of our lives was to ask to be made a healer of it.”

J Alan Paton

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”

St Francis of Assisi

Footsteps in Assisi – an inspiration

“I felt a burning need to bring back with me a memory of the sense of inner peace and joy I felt walking in the footsteps of St Francis in Assisi. He had pierced my heart with a need to help others like he did and transformed my mind to look for God’s beauty in everything that surrounded me. It was in an artist’s gallery in the cobble-stoned streets of Assisi that I caught sight of this painting of my beloved icon – the apotheosis of simplicity and humility that I so lacked and craved for in my life.”

Francis Mirandah – founder SD Care

About the ethos at SD Care

An interview with Olive Paul, Manager

Olive is a Registered Nurse and Business Manager with extensive experience across the NHS and rapidly expanding care industry. Olive has a BA honours degree in Social Sciences, a BSc degree in Nursing, a Diploma in Management Studies and a Master of Science in Healthcare Management. She is passionate about helping others and is the greatest advocate or SD Care mission to promote the dignity and self-worth of every client and employee who are part of our business.

“Someone wise once said “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime… help someone

I found my happiness in helping people, helping others, especially the elderly and vulnerable in society. It has always made me feel good.” 

Olive Paul

About the ethos at SD Care

An interview with Olive Paul, Manager

Olive is a Registered Nurse and Business Manager with extensive experience across the NHS and rapidly expanding care industry. Olive has a BA honours degree in Social Sciences, a BSc degree in Nursing, a Diploma in Management Studies and a Master of Science in Healthcare Management. She is passionate about helping others and is the greatest advocate or SD Care mission to promote the dignity and self-worth of every client and employee who are part of our business.

Olive

“The Franciscan model is Franciscan care… not just physical, but emotional as well… 

…giving them happiness, and giving them that will to fight on, not just for themselves, but for their families… for the carer who sits with them, and tells stories and laughs with them, and is there for them in the middle of the night when they are frightened…” 

Olive Paul

The SD Care Inspiration – A Call to the Soul

The founder of SD Care, Francis Mirandah has always cherished St Francis of Assisi as a truly inspirational figure. Through history, St Francis has inspired a great many organisations, not least the Mount Alvernia Hospital Guildford (founded and run by Franciscan nuns – 1935), and world famous Mayo Clinic (USA) which employs over 4,500 physicians and scientists.

“From that cavern that was a furnace of glowing gratitude and humility, there came forth one of the strongest and strangest and most original personalities that human history had known…”

 G.K.Chesterton

Francis visited Assisi in the Umbria region of Italy many years ago. After moving from Singapore to Perth in Australia and then Guildford with a young family, he was seeking to create something positive, meaningful and inspirational in its own right. With a world of business experience and his amazing wife Olive completing a Masters Degree in Healthcare Management and Geriatric Care, SD Care was created in 2013. Quite simply, the inspiration behind SD Care was St Francis of Assisi.

It was a call to the soul that brought me to the sanctuary of San Damiano, hidden in the hills of Assisi in the picturesque Umbrian countryside. A simple place which speaks to one in a silence that you can listen to. For it was here that the figure of the crucified Christ called St Francis by name. It was also here where he composed this beautiful ode to nature.

Good Causes

We aspire to operate an ethical business model which puts humility and compassion to our fellow men and women above all else. We recognise that all people are created equal with a right to be treated with dignity and respect. To this end, our cause is dedicated to improving the human condition and quality of life so that all of mankind can appreciate the unfolding beauty and joy of Creation.

We are neither a charity nor a foundation as we believe that true entrepreneurial activity can be directed to serve a higher mission than traditional business aims.

One cause that we have dedicated is to provide both moral and financial support to a Carmelite Community involved in missionary work in the Central African Republic (CAR) amongst other good causes. Although the country has abundant natural resources such as diamonds and uranium, it remains among the 5 poorest countries in the world.

The Carmelite Community and Missions

The first Discalced Carmelite missionaries left for the Central African Republic in 1971 from Arenzano. Since then, Italian, Indian, Czech Fathers, Carmelite and Franciscan Sisters and numerous lay volunteers have worked there. In the last forty years, six missions have been carried out in the north-west of the country, six dispensaries, a leper hospital, a center for undernourished children, a mechanical school, a carpentry cooperative, twenty-four schools and ten village kindergartens.

The missions reach another 120 villages scattered in the savannah along hundreds of kilometers of red earth tracks. There is no railway and the paved roads do not reach a total of 1,000 km. Some villages are still reachable only on foot.

The work of the missionaries is supported by the Carmelite Mission Office which has its headquarters at the Shrine of the Child Jesus in Arenzano. Here material and financial aid are collected and the containers that are sent to the Missions every year leave from there.

Each of the projects that the mission carries out in the Central African Republic concerns a particular problem in the pastoral or social field which missionaries have to face every day and which they cannot solve for lack of means. If you wish to donate directly to this cause, please please go to the donation page for Amicizia Missionaria.