ECH Occupational Therapist Chelsea Hastings is inspired every day by her mission to enable older people in the community to live safely and independently in their own homes.

Mrs Hastings, who has been working for the South Australian retirement living and home care service provider for eight years, says as an OT she works with individuals on activities for daily living – everything from personal care to functional mobility and transfers to leisure activities – and while so many clients face challenges, being able to help maintain their independence is the most rewarding part.

“I love working with clients and helping them live a good quality life and remain living in their own home. There is so much value and meaning in the work we do every day, and the clients are extremely grateful. I always feel a sense of pride in helping people,” she says.

“I enjoy working for ECH. While it’s a big organisation they always show their appreciation for all staff. They celebrate their staff and it’s really nice to receive a thank you, and I feel ECH do that really well.

“I strongly encourage anyone who is thinking about working in allied health to give it a go. It’s varied and there is huge demand all the time. If people are passionate about healthcare and helping others, then allied health is a very rewarding career path.”

ECH knows how important it is to celebrate its own allied health community every day and put into practise this year’s Allied Health Professions Day (on October 14) theme of ‘Stronger together’.


ECH Chief Executive Claire Scapinello says allied health professionals play a pivotal role in the aged care industry, offering a wide array of services that enhance the well-being and quality of life for older Australians.

“Over the years, the presence and importance of these professionals in aged care have significantly increased, yielding numerous benefits for both residents and the healthcare system,” Ms Scapinello says.

“These professionals, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, registered music therapists, podiatrists, massage therapists and social workers, bring a holistic approach to care, addressing not only physical ailments but also mental and emotional well-being. This comprehensive approach leads to improved health outcomes and enhances overall quality of life.”

ECH Head of Home and Community Services Sally Sobels says allied health is a profession that offers the opportunity to make a tangible and lasting difference in the lives of individuals facing challenges.

“Our allied health teams bring a unique blend of expertise and compassion. They ensure that our healthcare services are comprehensive, effective, and client-centered, and we thank them for their commitment every day,” Ms Sobels says.

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Posted: October 13, 2023