September 15, 2021

Move Your Way During Active Ageing Week

Active Ageing Australia is proud to present Active Ageing Week 2021, to be held from Monday 4 October – Sunday 10 October. Active Ageing Australia’s national ‘Move Your Way’ campaign challenges society’s expectations of ageing by highlighting that regardless of age, people can live life as fully as possible by staying active. Active ageing includes staying both physically and mentally active, as well as staying socially connected with your community. Laura Perdue, Chair of Active Ageing Australia, says evidence shows that the loss of function and muscle mass associated with ageing can be slowed with regular physical activity – including strength, balance and flexibility training. However according to COTA’s State of the Older Nation 2021 Report, 54 per cent of Australians aged 60 and over do not do the recommended minimum two hours of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week. This cohort has significantly grown since 2018. ‘By increasing moderate physical activity by just 15 minutes, five times a week, older people aged 65 and over who are ‘at risk’ of disease can improve their overall health and wellbeing while reducing future disease by 19 per cent,’ said Ms Perdue. Although people are often challenged by major life events including illness, surgery, loss of social connections and now the COVID-19 pandemic, Active Ageing Australia is hopeful that this campaign will inspire them to find new ways to get outdoors and be active. “While major life events may be seen by some people as obstacles, they also provide…

August 9, 2021

New Model of Care Blooms as ECH Launches Innovative Proof of Concept

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.

May 10, 2021

ECH teams up with Active Ageing Australia in new partnership

Leading South Australian ageing care provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) has teamed up with Active Ageing Australia in a bid to develop and enhance its work in promoting the importance of older Australians maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. ECH Chief Executive Dr David Panter said that the two organisations were highly aligned through their respective vision and values of empowerment, wellbeing and independence. “ECH and Active Ageing Australia are both not-for-profits promoting healthy and active lifestyles in the community, so the decision to embark on a partnership was an obvious one.” “One of our key philosophies at ECH is ensuring our clients are provided with every opportunity to enjoy an active and fulfilling life to support their desire to live confidently and independently at home for longer, and this partnership will create even more opportunity in this space.” Active Ageing Australia has a proud 40-year history in supporting lifelong physical activity to optimise independence, health, well-being and quality of life. It works both locally and nationally to build capacity and advocate for greater investment to support older Australians to remain physically active. Active Ageing Australia President Laura Perdue said its evidence-based resources, programs and workforce development initiatives would embed seamlessly into the broad range of exercise and wellness programs that ECH runs. “We are thrilled to partner with such an influential organisation in ECH. Its work in empowering people to lead healthy and fulfilling lives is fully aligned to our core values and ethos. “Ensuring people remain connected…

April 19, 2021

Wellbeing for older South Australians at the heart of new partnership

Enabling South Australians to live confidently and have the best possible life as they age is at the core of an exciting new partnership between leading South Australian ageing care provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) and The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group. THRF Group will become the official philanthropic partner for ECH, with the organisations working together to raise vital funds for trialling new and innovative technologies, piloting innovative models of care and investing in research projects that will translate into better quality of life and care. THRF Group CEO Paul Flynn said the partnership represented an alignment in organisational values between two growing and impact-focused South Australian organisations. “As a profit-for-purpose organisation that is fighting for every South Australian, we’ve always had a strong interest in enabling people to live to the fullest, no matter what stage of life they’re at,” Mr Flynn said. “We applaud ECH for their progressive mindset and the development of a wellbeing model, integrating community care, health and wellbeing services, short-stay accommodation and serviced apartments into their new Care Hotel at College Grove, Walkerville.” “This will be the initial focus for our philanthropic partnership as we raise funds for research aimed at evaluating this world-first service delivering high-quality care to South Australians. We believe this will be a game-changer for the broader landscape of aged care in Australia and make an incredible long-term impact on the community.” ECH Chief Executive Dr David Panter said ECH is proud to announce the new partnership with The Hospital Research Foundation Group.

February 2, 2021

On the menu, ECH Community Cafés

ECH is seeking expressions of interest to run new community cafés in Modbury and Walkerville. The tenancies are on offer at the Encore Apartments project on Smart Road, Modbury, and the ECH Care Hotel - College Grove, Walkerville.

January 27, 2021

Alberton Art Trail Wins Australia Day Award

The Alberton Art Trail has won the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Australia Day Award for Best Event. The joint project from The Pear Coffeehouse and leading South Australian ageing care provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home), features a walking trail of art created with Alberton residents exploring the meaning, experiences, memories and future of ‘HOME’.

January 11, 2021

ECH seeking balance in tech and human touch for social connection apps

Technology has a great capacity to keep older Australians in their homes longer – which is what most of them want – but a balance with the need for human connection is crucial, ECH chief executive David Panter says.

November 27, 2020

ECH Wins National Recognition in HESTA Excellence Awards

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.

November 5, 2020

ECH Appoints Rosina Hislop as New Chair

ECH Appoints Rosina Hislop as New Chair Leading South Australian ageing care provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) has today announced that accomplished Adelaide business leader and Board Director, Rosina Hislop has been appointed Chair of the organisation. Ms Hislop, who has served as ECH Deputy Chair for four years, takes over the Chair position from Sue Vardon AO who has completed two successful terms in the role. Ms Hislop is an experienced Chair and Board Director and a national facilitator with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is an AICD Fellow and serves on boards of organisations across aged care, education and health. ECH Chief Executive Dr David Panter said Ms Hislop brings with her a wealth of business acumen and corporate governance expertise and will lead the organisation through its next phase of growth and transformation. “Rosina is a successful and highly sought-after strategic thinker and accomplished Chair and Director, making her the ideal fit for the Chair role,” Dr Panter said. “Like all organisations in the aged care industry, ECH is continually evolving and I have no doubt that both the strategic and operational management of the organisation is in highly capable hands for the long term with Rosina at the helm.” Ms Hislop said she was pleased to take on the role and continue to serve the ECH family and broader ageing care industry. “ECH plays a crucial role in calling for and shaping industry change and I am looking forward to help set the…