Leading South Australian home care provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) has today announced the launch of a new proof-of-concept Care Hotel, aimed at providing a range of ground-breaking solutions for short term care and respite needs.

The new ECH Care Hotel is the first of its kind in Australia and is changing the landscape of how people can be supported as they age. Providing a similar experience to a hotel stay guests will have a range of choices and the freedom and independence to access the services they desire in a comfortable, homelike environment.

ECH Chief Executive Dr David Panter said the ECH Care Hotel is a proof of concept specifically designed to challenge the current limitations in existing care models, minimise hospital visits and to empower and treat people as individuals.

“There is a great need to move away from the current ‘one size fits all’ thinking in relation to care giving and allow people to have the power to make their own choices in relation to their overall health and wellbeing,” Dr Panter said.

“This proof-of-concept will help determine the long-term viability of this model of care and allow ECH to make any necessary adjustments before offering this service to a much larger cross section of the community.”

Located at ECH College Grove in Walkerville, the ECH Care Hotel currently features sixteen suites in total. Eight short stay suites designed for people transitioning from hospital who may need more frequent care than they can get at home plus an additional eight suites for people experiencing dementia to provide greatly needed respite for carers.

A range of services and ECH health professionals are available to both guests and visitors. These include access to general practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and dieticians plus group fitness activities and access to the on site gym.

ECH Care Hotel Manager Mandy Ross said the goal was to provide a tailored experience in a ‘home away from home’ setting for guests and to challenge traditional models of care and service delivery.

“No stone has been unturned through the modelling and design of this important proof of concept. From hotel like service such as being greeted and taken to their suite by hotel concierge, to room service and state-of-art voice activated technology, guests will truly have a positive experience at Dandelion our new ECH Care Hotel.”

“Our staff will be able to provide a range of integrated and tailored support and work one-on-one with guests to help them get back to living independently at home, something we are all committed to at ECH.”

The Proof of Concept will run until the end of 2021.

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Posted: August 9, 2021