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The philosophy and culture of ECH Inc. was shaped by our founder, Garnet E Rundle. He was a visionary who recognised the need for affordable retirement housing for older South Australians, and especially for war widows.

In 1964 Rundle placed an advertisement in the South Australian newspaper, The Advertiser, seeking expressions of interest to form an organisation to assist the elderly. Five people responded, and at the first meeting the Elderly Citizens Homes of SA was created, and later registered as an incorporated association on the 2nd July 1964.

And so began an organisation that has become one of the most valued providers of aged care services in South Australia.

Today, ECH’s purpose “To be an enterprise that promotes self-determination and enables people to have the best life possible as they age” is built firmly upon our historic foundations.

As time passed, Elderly Citizens Homes expanded into the residential care sector and developed a reputation for the delivery of quality service that still exists today. The name Elderly Citizens Homes was simplified in the 1970s to ECH Inc. to reflect the changes in service, while still retaining the essence of the name given to the organisation by Rundle.

In 2014, ECH divested all of its residential care facilities in order to return to the original vision laid out by Rundle half a century before, where ECH would enable people to live the best life possible, independently and confidently in their own homes, as they age.

The early vision of ECH’s founders has evolved into a diversified enterprise that now offers support to more than 15,000 South Australians via 100 retirement villages, four Wellness Centres, five Social Programs including a modern Overnight Respite Centre, and a large team who provide in-home services.

Today, ECH Inc. stands for ‘enabling confidence at home’ so that you can ‘stay who you are – where you are’ as you age, and the values of integrity, respect and empathy still guide all the services ECH provides.

ECH is a charity and not-for-profit organisation registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), and is one of the largest integrated providers of retirement village accommodation and aged care services in South Australia.  

Like all associations, ECH was established for the benefit of the people who use its services. ECH has no share-holders, and under its constitution all profits generated since 1964 have been re-invested into improving the services it provides.

ECH Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors . The primary role of the board is to set the strategic directions and overarching policies that will meet the objectives of ECH’s Constitution, and to ensure that the organisation complies with all regulatory requirements at all times.

Policies covering all of ECH’s activities are implemented, using best business practices, by our dedicated staff under the direction of ECH’s Chief Executive and General Managers.

ECH is financially sound with a strong balance sheet. Click here to view our 2016/2017 Financial Statement.

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