Leading South Australian ageing care provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) has taken out the national Outstanding Organisation Award in the aged care category at last night’s HESTA Excellence Awards.

ECH was selected from three finalists in the aged care sector, which were carefully chosen from the hundreds of nominations Hesta received. The award recognises ECH for its extraordinary work and commitment to supporting older people through its innovative and inclusive model of care and service delivery, community based interdisciplinary care, affordable housing, investment in technology and support for the LGBTI community.

HESTA is an industry Super Fund committed to people who work in the health and community services sector. The annual Awards aim to highlight organisations and teams who work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality care to older Australians and the positive impact that has on communities.

ECH Chief Executive Dr David Panter said the national accolade was a great achievement and is testament to the extensive work the organisation has done to set a genuine benchmark of exceptional care and service delivery in South Australia.

“The entire ECH team from the Board down, has worked tirelessly to deliver on its promise to provide the very best care possible and ensure that older South Australians have the best possible life as they age,” Dr Panter says.

“All ECH staff, frontline carers, home and garden maintenance staff, back office staff, nurses and GPs are absolutely committed to enabling people to carry on living at home independently for as long as they wish to.”

ECH has undergone a sustained period of transformation over the past few years and continues to lead the industry in quality standards, investment in digital capabilities and neighbourhood-based support for older people at risk of social isolation.

Award winners were announced via a public broadcast with all winners receiving $7,500 in prize money.

Dr Panter said the prize money will enable ECH to continue providing support and social connection programs and activities, benefitting more than 500 clients.

“We know that remaining socially connected is the glue that helps older people stay living independently at home. We’ll be using the prize money to help fund and expand our program of social connections activities.” 

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Posted: November 27, 2020