RECOGNISING THE NEED FOR HOUSING and quality services has been at the heart of ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) since 1964. Originally supporting ageing war widows, the not-for-profit has moved with the times, expanding its client base to be more inclusive. This has enabled people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including those in the LGBTI community, to remain living confidently and independently at home as they age.
Although ECH has continued to evolve, one thing has remained constant: its unwavering commitment to ensure people are able to live life well, no matter their age or stage in life’s journey.
Employing more than 850 staff, ECH – which has 110 villages across SA, four Wellness Centres, four Day Programs and a Care Hotel – encourages its clients to ‘get MORE out of life’.
“At ECH, we do things a little differently,” says ECH CEO, Claire Scapinello.“We understand it takes a special person to work in aged care – someone who is caring and passionate about making a real difference.” Take ECH client Helen, for example, who walked around the village gardens for the first time in 13 years with her Occupational Therapist.
Anyone who’s started on the aged care path knows that the Australian aged care system can be overwhelming. The team at ECH are continually trained in their respective fields so they can provide information clearly that helps clients make informed decisions.