When Dorothy Brunka walked into Western Therapy Service for her first appointment, she was surprised and delighted to learn that it was run by ECH, realising that once again she had come back to the organisation she has had a long affiliation with.
In 1971, when ECH was quite new, Dorothy worked in the finance department as a bookkeeper. “Back when everything was done by hand,” Dorothy says. “No computers were around then!” She remembers being cramped in a tiny office on the ground floor of ECH’s former Corporate Office location and having to use an accounting machine. “They were very loud and interesting machines,” Dorothy says. “Quite different from computers.” With a background in bookkeeping, typing and shorthand, Dorothy’s initial experience with these machines was at her first job in Australia after she arrived from Germany in 1949.
Dorothy only spent a short time as an employee, but she returned to ECH in 1980 – this time as a potential resident. Calling into the office to register her interest in moving to one of our independent living villages, Dorothy was lucky to be taken straight out to see one of the available units at Rundle Court in Fullarton. Although she hadn’t planned on moving so quickly, she loved the unit so much that she decided to take it and was there for 25 years. In 2005, Dorothy moved out to a village operated by another aged care organisation to be closer to the hydrotherapy service she was receiving regularly back then.
In late 2012, Dorothy began to experience some difficulty with food intolerances and was referred to the dietitian at Western Therapy Service, once again returning to ECH but this time as a client!