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Tanya visited the Adelaide 500 using her Home Care Package with Home Support Team Member Irene. With support from ECH, Tanya has also gone to the Zoo and the Christmas pageant. After each outing, Tanya talks about how much fun she has had on the outing.

Whether you relive your childhood memories, or just simply consider what your parents rave about, the 60’s will always be classed as a time when things began to look up.

Where Tanya harks from, in the Midlands, is referred to as the Heart of England, given it lies withing the geographic centre. Children walked the couple of miles to school, and they stayed out all day, only going home when the streetlights came on.

Screenshot 2024 03 18 111037For those living there, it was an adventure travelling the miles to the coast for a holiday, not a day trip. However, not everyone stayed.

Many, such as Tanya, came to Australia as “10 Pound Poms”, perhaps preferring their beaches closer. The cultural influence of our Ten Pound Poms has left a legacy on Australian society, particularly in areas such as sports, cuisine, and the arts.

Tanya spent many years supporting the Port Adelaide Musical Society and met her good friend and carer Roy Robinson whilst there. It was after Roy’s passing, that Tanya joined ECH.

Screenshot 2024 03 18 111116Tanya is a fiercely independent lady who has much to say about ramping, aged care and the levels of care and how they are offered, as much as she does in continuing to pursue the joys of a fulfilling life – and to get MORE out of it.

It is a true spirit who keeps the child alive inside.

From visiting the Adelaide Zoo and our Christmas Pageant, to attending the Adelaide 500 race days, Tanya doesn’t let her personal restrictions stop her from doing the things she loves. She simply uses a combination of her Companion Card and Home Care Package to secure a carer, and off she goes!

ECH Home Care Packages

ECH recognises that staying active is vital to maintaining your health, independence, and confidence. Your Home Care Package is one of the many ways you can continue living independently and confidently.

Some venues enable eligible people with disability, who require attendant care support, to participate at venues and activities without incurring the cost of a second ticket.

Companion Card Affiliates include but are not limited to:

  • Adelaide Botanic Garden
  • Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Adelaide Fringe Inc
  • SANFL (most clubs)
  • State Theatre Company South Australia

Present your card or mention the Companion Card program at any venue or event that charges an admission fee. A companion can be a paid or unpaid assistant e.g. your carer.

To get your SA Companion Card phone 1800 667 110 or email

Additionally, if you are unsure about how the funding works or what services are available to you, ECH can help you understand the options so you can make informed decisions.

Posted: March 15, 2024