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Whether you have lived in your home for decades or only a short while, your home symbolises your independence and ability to choose where and how you want to live.

If you need a little help with the up-keep of your home and garden or you want more time to do the things you enjoy, discover our range of at-home services.

ECH services are provided by a team of professional, vetted and trained staff. So you will receive your services from a consistent and caring team who will spend time getting to know you and your preferences.

No matter your age, domestic assistance and home support services are available on a self-funded basis. However, if you are aged 65 years and over, you may qualify for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) or a Home Care Package (HCP).

Carer Support

Caring for a family member or friend is a rewarding role however it can leave you with little time to look after your own wellbeing. ECH offers a range of wellness classes and services that can enable you to take some time out for yourself. ECH Wellness Centres offer exercise classes where you can maintain or improve your fitness while socialising with others. Or if you prefer to exercise alone, you can use the gyms located at the Wellness Centre. Or if you would like some time to relax and unwind, ECH offers Tai Chi programs, music meditation and remedial massage. Professional allied health therapists, including Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Dieticians, are also available to provide advice about looking after yourself and the person you care for. What other services does ECH provide to support carers? ECH offers respite through Day Programs located at Smithfield, Walkerville, Happy Valley, Henley Beach and Victor Harbor. These programs enable the person you care for to engage in a social, homelike environment or go on an outing with all the support that is needed while you perhaps go to an exercise class or spend some time with friends. If you need a longer break to go out for an evening or perhaps take a holiday, the ECH Overnight Respite Centre at Henley Beach could be a good option for you. The centre has been custom designed to meet the needs of people living with dementia or cognitive decline. Or if you prefer, ECH…

Day Programs

If you are caring for someone experiencing dementia or memory loss, ECH Day Programs offer the opportunity to take a well-earned break.

Dietetics

Is your diet supporting you to have the best possible life as you age? Maintaining a healthy weight and optimal nutrition is important at every age and an ECH qualified Dietician can help you make healthy food choices. An ECH Dietician can help you understand the relationship between food and health, the nutritional value of different foods and how they interact with your body. ECH offers dietetic services at its Wellness Centres at Henley Beach, Greenacres and Morphett Vale. Why should I use a dietician? A Dietician can work with you to identify and work towards your goals by developing a tailored plan that takes into account your lifestyle and food preferences. They ensure that good nutrition becomes a natural part of your daily life and can provide information on food nutrition and calories as well as some delicious recipes. A Dietician can also teach you how to best manage disease or conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnutrition or food allergies or intolerances. If an accident or illness has made eating or weight management more challenging for you, then your ECH Dietician can work with other allied health professionals to tailor an integrated approach to meet your specific needs. For example a Speech Pathologist may address challenges with chewing or swallowing and a Physiotherapist may assist in overcoming physical barriers that prevent you from exercising. No matter your age, ECH Wellness Centre services are available to you on a self-funded basis. If you have…

Domestic Assistance

Running a household takes a lot of time and energy. From vacuuming and dusting to washing clothes and making beds, there are always chores to be done. If these chores have become more difficult because of an accident, illness or the natural process of ageing or you simply want to spend more time doing the things you enjoy, ECH is here to help. Domestic assistance and home support services can help you to remain living independently and confidently in your own home. Next steps Whether you are self-funding a single service, or receiving services as part of a Home Care Package or through other Government funding, you stay in control from booking through to the service being delivered. You may want the same chores done each visit or perhaps you would like your fridge cleaned instead of your carpet being vacuumed – just let ECH know. You can even choose to head out for the day, confident in the fact that what you want done will be done. Call ECH today to learn more about the range of services and funding options available. Learn more about why thousands of South Australians trust ECH to provide home services here.  …

Essential Care™

As you age, your needs can change over time and getting the right advice and services is critical to enable you to remain living independently and confidently at home. ECH Essential Care™ offers a level of expertise, a simple pricing structure and easy-to-understand contracts that set it apart from other providers. There are four levels of Essential Care™, offering flexibility and easy transition to a higher level of care if your circumstances change so you can feel confident about your care management.

Exercise Classes

Are you looking to increase your health and fitness, or need assistance in improving skills such as walking and speech due to illness or injury?…

Exercise Physiology

Whether you are looking to manage a chronic disease or improve your rehabilitation after an accident or illness, an ECH Exercise Physiologist can help you get back on track. Exercise Physiologists can assist you to reach your full fitness potential no matter what your goal and also help you prevent injuries. ECH Exercise Physiologists are accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and services are available at ECH Wellness Centres at Henley Beach, Greenacres, Morphett Vale and Victor Harbor. How do Exercise Physiologists assist with chronic health management? If you have a health condition such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes or chronic back pain, an ECH Exercise Physiologist can help you manage the chronic health condition. They use treatments such as rehabilitation after surgery (especially for ACL reconstruction and knee or hip replacement) and neuromuscular exercise therapy for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease. What should I expect? During an initial consultation, your Exercise Physiologist will seek to understand your goals and current physical condition as well as assess the impact of any medical conditions on your lifestyle and health. An exercise program will then be developed taking into account your goals, lifestyle and general health. Your service plan will be tailored to you to make it as achievable and enjoyable as possible and it will be based on strategies that have been proven to increase both range of motion and strength. The program may include exercise classes such as Pilates, circuit training or core strength,…

Flexible Fitness™

Achieve your fitness goals and workout at times that suit you with ECH Flexible Fitness™. You can participate in as many exercise classes or open gym sessions as you like at any ECH Wellness Centre for just $19.95* per week plus a one-off $80 set-up fee, which includes your initial fitness assessment. All fitness assessments and exercise classes are conducted by a qualified ECH Exercise Physiologist or allied health professional.

Garden Maintenance

Need a bit of help with your garden? Outsource your garden maintenance and spend more time doing what you enjoy. Maintaining a garden takes a lot of time and effort. The natural process of ageing, as well as illness and accidents, can make tasks such as lawn mowing more challenging than they used to be. If this is the case for you, or you would rather be doing something else with your time, then why not let ECH take care of your garden for you? There is a team of reliable gardeners ready to support you in keeping your property in tiptop shape. About our garden maintenance services ECH Garden Maintenance Services range from pruning, weeding and planting to general gardening maintenance such as sweeping and cobweb removal. And if you have a particular task in mind that you don’t see listed here call 1300 275 324 and ask if this is something that can be arranged for you. Your team member will come to your home with your instructions at the ready, so even if you’re out for the day you can be confident that what you want to be done will be done. It’s your home, so you will always remain in control with ECH. Why use ECH? ECH has over 50 years’ experience (established 1964) ECH is a non-faith based profit-for-purpose organisation All team members are fully insured in the unlikely event anything should go wrong ECH has a stringent staff recruitment process to…

Gym and Physical Activity

Keeping active as you age can help you continue to enjoy activities you love whether it is gardening, tennis, walking or running around after grandchildren. Due to an accident or injury or just through the natural process of ageing, you may find you need to adjust the type, level and frequency of your physical activity. ECH can help you identify your exercise goals and tailor a program to help you achieve them. If you are aged 50 years or over, an ECH Wellness Centre can provide you with support, guidance and information about how to stay as fit and healthy as possible. What should I expect? You will need to have an initial consultation with an ECH allied health professional, who will assess your physical condition and discuss your goals with you. You will then receive a personalised exercise program specially tailored to address your unique health and physical needs and goals, including the activities you already do or would like to do. You may choose to complete your personalised workout on your own or with the guidance of a qualified Exercise Physiologist or Fitness Instructor. Regardless of your preference, you can be assured that an allied health or fitness professional will always be present to supervise your progress in the gym and ensure your safety. To make sure you are comfortable at the Wellness Centre, you will receive a full induction before starting your program. All of the centre gyms feature modern exercise equipment and staff are always on…

Home Maintenance

Need a bit of help maintaining your home? Outsource your home maintenance and spend more time doing what you enjoy. Maintaining a home takes a lot of time and effort. The natural process of ageing, as well as illness and accidents, can make tasks such as changing a light bulb and window cleaning more challenging than they used to be. If this is the case for you, or you would rather be doing something else with your time, then why not let ECH take care of your home for you? The reliable and friendly ECH Home Maintenance team is ready to support you in keeping your property in tiptop shape. About ECH home maintenance services ECH Home Maintenance Services range from hanging pictures, testing/replacing smoke alarm batteries to basic carpentry. Home modifications such as installing grab rails or building ramps are available as well. And if you have a particular task in mind that you don’t see listed here, call 1300 275 324 and ask if this is something that can be arranged for you. Your team member will come to your home with your instructions at the ready, so even if you’re out for the day you can be confident that what you want to be done will be done. Ask about installing a key safe. It’s your home, so you will always remain in control with ECH. Why use ECH? ECH has over 50 years’ experience (established 1964) ECH is a non-faith based profit-for-purpose organisation…

Home Services

If you provide care for someone either in their home or your own, you might find you have less time for household chores and home and garden maintenance.

In-home Equipment

As you age, so too does your body.  Innovative equipment or technology can be another way to make your home more comfortable, safer and easier to get around, or simply make everyday tasks easier to do. Equipment such as grab rails or a ramp can make using and accessing your home safer and easier. while walking frames or canes can make getting out and about  more enjoyable. An extensive range of devices are available that can make everyday tasks simpler such as modified eating utensils or aids to help you dress and put on shoes. Personal alerts can aid in calling for assistance should you be unable to get to the telephone, while new technology such as Billy can provide peace-of-mind through non-intrusive monitoring to detect changes to daily routines. Not sure what you need? A qualified ECH Physiotherapist, Podiatrist or Dietician can help you choose the best aids to meet your individual needs, taking into account any specific conditions you might have such as arthritis or vision impairment. ECH also has qualified Occupational Therapists who can help you in developing a holistic approach to remaining in your own home. After learning about your goals and lifestyle and conducting a full home safety assessment, ECH will provide you with a recommendation suggesting the most appropriate types of modifications, equipment and exercises for you to consider. Next steps You can arrange an in-home assessment on a self-funded  basis no matter what your age, or you may be eligible for a…

Massage

If your muscles are sore and tight or you are feeling the effects of stress or anxiety, massage therapy could help relieve some discomfort. Massage can also help to improve recovery and mobility and enhance relaxation. The services of qualified and accredited Massage Therapists are available at all ECH Wellness Centres. They are highly skilled in working with people who may require remedial message for chronic health conditions or recovery from injury or illness, as well as people who would like to enjoy the benefits of a relaxed body and mind. Your Massage Therapist can concentrate on specific areas of your body such as your neck, hands, legs, feet, back and shoulders. You can be assured that your massage will take place in complete privacy and comfort. Depending on your location, massage may also be available in the comfort of your own home. No matter your age, ECH Wellness Centre services are available to you on a self-funded basis. If you have private health insurance you may be able to seek rebates from your provider. If you are aged 65 years or over, you may qualify for a Home Care Package (HCP) and you may be able to use some of this funding to access ECH Wellness services, including massage therapy. To learn more about ECH massage therapy services, make a booking or buy a gift card, call ECH on 1300 275 324.

Medication Management

Keeping track of your medications can be challenging especially if you are taking multiple medications. Appropriate medication management is central to your ongoing health and wellbeing not to mention your ability to remain living confidently and independently in your own home. How does ECH cater for your needs? ECH can provide qualified staff to assess your medication needs, develop plans to help you administer your medication or assist you in taking your medications. If you would rather self-administer your medication, there are services and assistive technology that can make your medication management easier such as automatic dispensers and electronic reminders. ECH is available to support you to continue your medications at home by regularly reviewing your situation. Together with your GP, pharmacist and your other health professionals, ECH can work with you to keep track of your medication routine and identify where any adjustments can be made to further support your wellbeing. The administration and management of your medication is a serious responsibility and only registered nurses, enrolled nurses or a medication competent employee may undertake the role of medication management. No matter your age or medical circumstances, medication management services are available to you on a self-funded basis. If you are aged 65 years and over, you may qualify for a Home Care Package (HCP). Contact ECH today to learn more about managing your medication at home. Learn more about why thousands of South Australians trust ECH to provide home services here.

Nursing Services

If you have had an accident, illness or are looking to return home after a stay in hospital, the support of a qualified and experienced nurse can make all the difference to your recovery. Using a nursing service in your home can also help you manage chronic health conditions and may prevent you from needing to be admitted to hospital or moving into a residential care home. All ECH nursing staff are qualified and experienced, with a compassionate and responsive approach to meeting your needs as an individual. They can support you to remain living confidently in your own home by providing the following services: Wound management and care Continence assessment and advice Nutrition assessment and education Pain assessment and support General health assessments Medication management Diabetes assessment and support, including blood glucose testing Dementia assessment and support to both the person living with dementia and their carer/s Medical tests, including blood pressure, urinalysis, INR testing (a blood test that checks how long it takes for blood to clot) and oxygen levels testing Assessment of and education on stomas Mental health support Chronic disease support Palliative care It is important that you feel confident about the people that you allow into your home and you can be sure that your ECH nurse will make your safety, security and comfort their priority. No matter your age or medical circumstances, ECH nursing  services are available to you in your own home on a self-funded basis.  If you are aged 65 years and…

Occupational Therapy

Sometimes due to illness, injury or the natural process of ageing, daily tasks and activities become more challenging. Perhaps getting dressed or opening food jars are no longer the simple tasks they once were. ECH Occupational Therapists can work with you to make adjustments to your life so that you can remain as active and confident in your own home for as long as possible. What should I expect? During your initial consultation in your home or at one of the ECH Wellness Centres, your Occupational Therapist will seek to understand your concerns, goals and physical abilities. They will then work with you to create a personalised plan to work towards your goals, which will enable you to feel more confident about your abilities and more secure in your environment. Following your assessment, your Occupational Therapist may recommend simple adjustments to your home such as the installation of handrails or a ramp or rearranging furniture to minimise risks of bumps and falls. You may also be taught exercises and skills to make daily tasks like dressing yourself simpler or be introduced to occupational therapy equipment or assistive technology that can make everyday tasks easier. If needed, your ECH Occupational Therapist can also work closely with your GP and any of your other health practitioners to make sure your care plan is integrated and you can achieve your health goals. No matter your age, ECH Wellness Centre services are available to you on a self-funded basis. If you have private health…

Overnight Respite

Caring for someone living with dementia or memory loss can leave you little time to care for yourself so it is important to take a break to re-energise. The ECH Overnight Respite Centre at Henley Beach can help you do this by providing a safe and comfortable environment for the person you care for. Guests can stay for one night, a few days or a few weeks depending on your needs. The centre has been custom designed to meet the needs of people living with dementia or cognitive decline by combining professional care, modern accommodation and recreational activities. It features six rooms with private ensuite, wall-mounted television, state-of-the-art security and contemporary furnishings. Guests can enjoy time alone or interact with others in the welcoming living area and adjoining Day Program, which offers a range of activities. You can feel comfortable knowing that attentive staff are on hand 24 hours to provide the same high level of care that you do at home. What is included? With all meals, refreshments and linen provided, guests only need to bring their own clothes, toiletries and any personal affects they would like with them. If you would like to stay with the person you care for during their first night at the centre to make sure you both feel comfortable, then please contact ECH to find out more about the options available. Guests are usually aged 65 years and over, however younger people are also welcome. The ECH Overnight Respite Centre offers an…

Personal Care and Support

If looking after yourself is proving a bit more challenging than usual, perhaps due to an accident, illness or just the natural process of ageing, some extra assistance to do everyday activities could be beneficial. You might want personal assistance with washing or styling your hair, shaving, showering, dressing and undressing, cooking, getting in and out of bed or even transportation to an appointment. How do I arrange personal care in my own home? If you would like some support with personal care, you can arrange for a trained and professional ECH team member to come to your home between 7am and 8pm Monday to Friday (including Public Holidays). The services you receive during your appointment are completely flexible. You might want your nails painted or your hair washed or your trousers ironed instead of a shave. It is important that you feel confident about the people that you allow into your home and you can be sure that your ECH team member will make your safety, security and comfort their priority. No matter your age, ECH personal care services are available to you on a self-funded basis. However, if you are aged 65 years and over, you may qualify for a Home Care Package (HCP) or Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). Contact ECH today to learn more about the personal care and support services that are available to help you remain living independently and confidently in your own home. Learn more about why thousands of South Australians trust ECH…

Physiotherapy

Improve your mobility, flexibility, balance and pain management with support from an ECH Physiotherapist. Physiotherapy can help...

Podiatry

Your feet do a lot of hard work as you go about your daily life but they are often overlooked. If you are experiencing foot, ankle or heel pain, the services of a qualified ECH Podiatrist could assist you. ECH Podiatrists can diagnose and help you manage conditions such as calluses, corns, in-grown toenails, heel spurs and joint disorders such as arthritis. They can recommend an approach to lessening or even stopping discomfort and may perform direct treatment on your feet if needed. They can also provide toenail cutting and explain how you can improve your foot care. The services of qualified Podiatrists are available at all ECH Wellness Centres located at Henley Beach, Greenacres, Morphett Vale and Victor Harbor. No matter your age, ECH Wellness Centre services are available to you on a self-funded basis. If you have private health insurance you may be able to seek rebates from your provider. If you are aged 65 years or over, you may qualify for a Home Care Package (HCP) and you may be able to use some of this funding to access ECH Wellness services, including podiatry. To learn more about ECH podiatry services or to book a consultation, call ECH on 1300 275 324.

Shopping

Do you need to re-stock your pantry? Or perhaps you would like to get a new outfit for a special occasion that is coming up. If you need some assistance with your shopping, an ECH team member can join you for a trip to the local supermarket or shopping centre. Or if heading to the shops is not something you enjoy, you can have an ECH team member take care of the shopping for you or help you set up an online shopping account with your favourite supermarket. Online shopping allows you to browse the aisles from the comfort of your own home and choose your groceries, which will then be delivered to your door. If you would like some help putting your groceries away or preparing your evening meal, then your ECH team member can also assist. No matter your age, ECH services are available to you on a self-funded basis. If you are aged 65 years and over, you may qualify for a Home Care Package (HCP) or Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). Contact ECH today to learn more about shopping, transport and other services that can assist you to remain living independently and confidently in your own home. Call ECH on 1300 275 324 or email ask@ech.asn.au. Learn more about why thousands of South Australians trust ECH to provide home services here.

Social Visits

Staying active and socially connected is important to maintain an independent lifestyle where you feel confident and in control. No doubt there are friends and family members you like to see as often as possible and activities you enjoy doing on a regular basis. However sometimes challenges can arise that get in the way of socialising and doing the activities you love to do. Perhaps you are no longer able to drive, or simply no longer want to, and public transport is not convenient. If you want to expand your social networks, take up new interests or join a social club, ECH can help you achieve it through a range of social activities. Or perhaps you would like someone to accompany you to a concert, theatre performance or sporting event or just drop by your home for a friendly chat. Support for carers If you are caring for someone who is recovering from an illness or accident, or perhaps they have a chronic health condition or live with dementia, ECH can help you take a short break through at-home respite or access to day, evening and overnight respite options. As a dementia-friendly organisation, ECH offers an extensive range of services for those living with dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or other cognitive conditions. These include day programs, evening programs and a state-of-the-art Overnight Respite Centre at Henley Beach offering accommodation 24 hours, seven days a week. No matter your age, ECH services are available to you on a…

Speech Pathology

Being able to communicate with other people is an essential human need as it allows you to express yourself, share your thoughts and interact with family and friends. If you are experiencing challenges with communicating perhaps due to a stroke, Parkinson’s disease or another medical condition, you may feel distressed or frustrated. Working with a qualified Speech Pathologist at an ECH Wellness Centre may help you to improve your communication if you are experiencing difficulty articulating or understanding speech or if you have difficulty chewing and swallowing. What should I expect? During your initial consultation in your home or at one of the ECH Wellness Centres, your Speech Pathologist will conduct a full assessment of your speech disorder and then work with you to develop a personalised and evidence-based treatment plan. They will identify your goals to improve your language abilities and/or swallowing difficulties and work with you to achieve them. No matter your age, ECH Wellness Centre services are available to you on a self-funded basis. If you have private health insurance you may be able to seek rebates from your provider. If you are aged 65 years or over, you may qualify for a Home Care Package (HCP) and you may be able to use some of this funding to access ECH Wellness services, including speech pathology. If you have a chronic health condition, speak to your GP about how you might be able to access ECH speech pathology services under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). To learn…

Transport

Getting out and about to socialise with friends and family members or participate in activities you enjoy is important in leading an independent lifestyle where you remain confident and in control. If you are no longer able to drive or choose not to and public transport is not convenient, ECH can assist you in arranging transport so that you keep mobile and socially connected. ECH can arrange for a team member to escort you to appointments and social events or take you shopping. Of if you prefer, ECH can arrange a taxi for you or taxi vouchers that you can use whenever you wish. No matter your age, you can access ECH transport on a self-funded basis. However, if you are aged 65 years and over, you may qualify for a Home Care Package (HCP) or Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). Contact ECH today to learn more about transport and other services that can assist you to remain living independently and confidently in your own home. Learn more about why thousands of South Australians trust ECH to provide home services here.

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Victor Harbor Bus Trips Tuesdays

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Monday 27 May 2019 at 9:00am - 4:00pm
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