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JUNE 2013 | ISSUE No. 148

Welcoming Oakden Estate’s first residents








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Welcoming Oakden Estate’s first residents




Fred Smeaton remembers


A view from the sky


Marching in remembrance


Improving our management of our property and facilities


Taking steps to prevent falls


Seasiders officially opened


Record number of volunteers at Victor Harbor


In praise of poets


Social pages


Join the family at Charles Young Residential Care Centre


Amazing achievements through Living Well


Wooden works of art




Dates to remember


Call on your local council


Stories from Southern Day Program


It all comes down to love


Committed to workplace safety and injury management


Guiding you through the maze


A kaleidoscope of skills and artwork


Energy saving tips for your home




Holiday unit booking form


Contact us


Welcoming Oakden Estate’s first residents

The first two residents of Oakden Estate, Claire Clark and Yvonne Paget, are already comfortably settled in their sparkling new homes and are thrilled to be there. The move to Oakden Estate is of special significance to both residents. For Claire, this is the first time she has lived in a brand new house while Yvonne feels she has found the perfect villa home she had been searching a long time for. Even better, these two groundbreakers are friends from way back and celebrated their first night at Oakden Estate by watching Downton Abbey together.

“I had been on my own for 17 years living in a big house with a massive yard,” Yvonne says. “I was tired of mowing lawns and keeping up with all the home maintenance. I had wanted to downsize for years.” Yvonne liked the idea of a villa home but the ones she saw, and liked, were out of her price range. Nine years ago, she put her name on ECH’s retirement living registration list, thinking of it more as a back up plan. “My mother was in an ECH home so I knew what a good organisation they were,” Yvonne says. Then three years ago Yvonne, doubtful she was ever going to find what she was looking for, decided to stay put and had a kitchen makeover instead.

Oakden Estate is ECH’s newest retirement village and is located ten minutes from the city with an entrance from Fosters Road. The village consists of 15 newly constructed villas which are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and specifically designed to enhance accessibility.

“I really intended to stay there,” Yvonne says. Then fate stepped in. “I regularly travel down Folland Avenue and noticed some houses being built. I didn’t take much notice until I saw an ECH sign go up,” she says. Yvonne was immediately interested as she knew the area well.

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Claire Clark

Yvonne Paget


There was a good shopping centre nearby, a lovely park at the back and her son lived just down the road. She contacted ECH and was invited to an information day. “Claire also went along to have a look,” Yvonne says. “When she saw what was being planned, she wanted in too!” “For me there will never be a more convenient location,” Yvonne says. She also liked that it wasn’t going to be a gated community and that there wouldn’t be an onsite manager. “It is more like living in your own little suburb,” she says. “So I did finally get that villa I was looking for except I won’t ever have to worry about maintenance again!” Claire’s position was similar to Yvonne’s. Widowed eight years ago, Claire was still living in her large family home. “I could manage the house because I had help,” Claire says. “It was the garden that was the problem. It was far too big.” Claire has knee and hip problems and had not been able to get out into her backyard for a very long time.

Not only was Oakden a perfect size for Claire, and in her price range, but it was in the same area she had been living in for the past 45 years. ”It is right near my doctor and the supermarket is so close even I can walk there. It’s close to my daughter too.” Claire says. “We have a lovely garden in the front which the gardener takes care of and one in the back which we can look after ourselves if we want to.” Claire has brought her treasured roses with her from her old home and is replanting them in her new, more manageable garden. Yvonne’s seven year old granddaughter came to visit her and commented that she missed her grandmother’s old house. “Well I certainly don’t!” was Yvonne’s heartfelt reply. Although more than half of the villas at Oakden Estate are sold, there are still a few left with a range of financial options available. For more information, please contact ECH’s Independent Retirement Living team on 8407 5115 or visit our website

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25th April 2013

ANZAC Day commemorates the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces in Gallipoli in 1915 as part of an allied invasion to capture the peninsula with the ultimate aim of taking Constantinople (now Istanbul). The word ‘ANZAC’ is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

ANZAC Day came into being officially in 1916 and many important rituals and customs have now become a part of the day’s commemorations. After World War II and subsequent military involvements, we have also come to recognise and remember the sacrifices of all who have served. Dawn services and marches are held on the day and ceremonies usually include traditions such as: • laying of wreaths • the recitation, including The Ode • sounding the Last Post • a period of silence • the Rouse and the Reveille • red poppies • the unknown soldier • reversed arms

“The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25th April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers had been killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli had made a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25th April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.” – Australian War Memorial

• the lone charger • the gun carriage • rosemary • flags at half mast • rifle volleys and gun salutes • the lone piper Information from – Australian War Memorial

The Ode from ‘ For the fallen’ By Laurence Binyon

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

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Fred Smeaton remembers For 25 years, Fred Smeaton participated in the ANZAC Day march by ringing the St Peter’s Cathedral bells. This year he did not attend the march in the ECH bus as he was settling into his new home at Walkerville Residential Care Centre but watched it on television. Fred was anxious to hear St Peter’s Cathedral bells ringing, fondly reminding him of his bell ringing days. Fred recalls World War I as a five year old in Sussex, England. He could feel the vibrations of the barrage fire falling inland 30 miles away. Despite the devastation, he also recalls a happy time when the official peace bonfire was held to celebrate the end of the war. During World War II, when everyone had to do a form of national service, Fred joined the British Civil Defence. He recalls using sand bags to prevent the spread of fire bombs and has memories of a fire bomb which bounced from the roof of his house onto his neighbour’s house and into their garden. The neighbour was cross because he had just finished planting a vegetable patch!

the radio communication of Sunderland Flying Boats Squadron 461, Royal Australian Air Force. This is where Fred first came into contact with Australian military personnel. After the war, there was an appeal for people to migrate to Australia. Fred and his family, along with 16 wooden crates containing his goods and chattels, were allocated a house at Ashton in the Adelaide Hills. Fred recalls having “good fortune” in those early days in Australia. One of his first jobs was cherry picking for Tom Playford (who later became a very well known politician). Fred is one of ECH’s oldest residents and has had a long association with the organisation. After being a volunteer visitor at Walkerville Residential Care Centre for ten years, he is now a resident, previously residing at ECH’s Kardella independent living village. Still settling into his new home, Fred enjoys outings to local churches to listen to the bells ringing. He also keeps up with modern technology, recently attending a three week training course to learn how to use his iPhone.

Fred later joined the Royal Air Force. Having worked in a bank it was suggested that he sign up as a clerk. Three months later, after a second interview, the Royal Air Force was in need of wireless mechanics, so Fred’s fate was chosen for him. He spent 12 months studying wireless mechanics and was then posted to an Australian squadron, servicing

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Ruth Adams was studying geology at university in England when World War II broke out. Many people were called up for service or to support the war effort and Ruth was no exception. Working with the British Royal Air Force as a weather forecaster, she was responsible for training and briefing pilots and navigators. Early in 1944, Ruth noticed a poster calling for women who wanted to learn how to fly. Responding to the call, she was selected among a group of twelve women to receive training. “I’d been working for the RAF for some time by then, so I just stuck my neck out,” Ruth says. Joining the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), an organisation of civilian pilots responsible for all non-operational flights, Ruth was given preliminary training in small dual cockpit planes. Her training was put on hold for several weeks after her instructor crashed the plane she was learning in. She suffered two breaks in her spine, but amazingly this was not discovered by medical professionals until 1951, six years after the war had ended.

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Further training was then given in a Harvard dual cockpit plane, and ATA pilots were given a small book containing notes on each plane that they could be expected to fly. This is the only education Ruth received for the majority of the planes she flew. “We flew a different plane every day,” she says, recalling when she once flew ten types of planes in a single month. “You didn’t know how the plane was going to respond,” she says. The Spitfire was her favourite plane to fly. Ruth says it was “a light, beautiful thing in the air”. The unpredictable English weather was her biggest danger. “The weather could turn from clear air to thick cloud in a minute,” Ruth says. Without radios and with only maps to guide them, pilots had to fly by sight and by feeling. “When you’re young, you take things as they come,” Ruth says. “It was a challenge and it was quite exciting.”

When the war ended, the need for pilots was significantly reduced so Ruth sought other work. Spending a short time as a journalist, she was appalled when she discovered that she was only being paid six guineas for the same work as her male counterparts who were earning ten guineas. The weather in England made her back injuries unbearable, so Ruth accepted a position in Bermuda running the Government Weather Office. It was here she met her husband, Keith Adams, who was in the army and became an “army follower”.

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With no desire to live in England, and with limited postings available overseas, they, along with their four children, became “ten pound Poms” and moved to Australia in 1958. Fifty-five years later, Ruth is now 92 and lives in her Kingswood home, receiving in-home support from ECH and other agencies. She is still up for a challenge, last year responding to an advertisement for volunteers to host a radio show. Ruth can be heard on Adelaide Radio 101.5 FM co-hosting The Legacy Hour.

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Marching in remembrance On ANZAC Day 2013, residents from Walkerville Residential Care Centre participated in the march along North Terrace and King William Street. Making the journey along the route in the bus, driven by volunteer Bob Daly, they proudly waved their Australian flags while remembering the service given and sacrifices made by themselves and others in various wars.

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Ned Holland, now 97, served with the Darwin Defenders during World War II and was also a sergeant in charge of one of the gun sites in Townsville. He also remembers the sacrifice of his brother in World War I who was a prisoner of war. Florence Wheeler marched in memory of her siblings who served in World War II. Her brother was a navigator in the Royal Australian Air Force and her sister was a nurse in the army. Marjorie Michael remembers her father’s service as a light horseman in World War I, serving from 1914-1918. Elsa Smith joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during World War II and also marched in memory of the service of her husband, son and father. William Tate was an armourer in the air force from 1939-1946. He was stationed all over the world, including Malaysia and India. His job was to load weaponry onto planes. Stephen Evison was called up to serve in the British Army from 1939, stationed in England until the invasion of Europe. He saw the war from start to finish, ending up in Germany. Don Wills served in the British Royal Air Force from 1942. He was an air force gunner, spending most of his time squished at the back of a plane in a space as small as one seat on a bus. Rhonda Naismith joined the march for patriotism, with a deep respect for ANZAC Day and its enduring significance. Jean Brittan remembers her father’s sacrifice. He served in the army during World War I and II. Wally Motyl has had an enduring military career. He has served with the Polish, American and Australian defence forces and was a captain in the Royal Australian Air Force. Dudley Whittington joined the army from 1939-1945 in the 2/10 Battalion. He took part in the siege of Tobruk and the battle of Milne Bay and Shaggy Ridge in New Guinea.

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Improving our management of our property and facilities A service review was undertaken in 2011/12 with the aim of looking specifically at how our facilities management system could be revised to better meet the needs of our organisation and improve our service delivery. A business case was presented to and endorsed by ECH’s Executive Team in January 2012. Many recommendations were put forward with the key recommendation being the introduction of a new approach to facilities management. The approach that has been adopted is called the Life Cycle Care Model. The model looks after each asset from its installation through to its replacement, taking into consideration its ‘life expectancy’. This systematic approach will lead to an improvement in the management of our assets (including, for example, washing machines and fridges). The implementation of the model was also recommended to ensure ECH better manages its facilities, maintenance requests, compliance and resources, and therefore achieves an improved standard of service delivery in a more cost effective manner.

The responsibility of introducing these improvements rests with ECH’s Maintenance Services which has transformed itself over the last eight months to enable the new model to come into effect. Some of the changes that have occurred include: • new organisational structure, including new roles and responsibilities • new property management area (leasing, keys, utilities etc) • new IT asset and job request system • improved planning and scheduling of planned and life cycle replacement To complete the transformation, Maintenance Services will now be called Property and Facilities Management. The new model will be rolled out across the organisation from 1st July 2013. Within Independent Retirement Living we will continue to operate our Maintenance and Grounds Services teams as usual so there will be no change to the friendly, familiar faces you are used to. The only thing you may notice is that when you contact us we will answer saying, “Welcome to ECH Property and Facilities.” If you have any queries relating to this announcement, please contact ECH Property and Facilities Management on 8159 4700.

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Missing some channels? Time to retune your television! In addition to the switchover to digital television, it will also be necessary for everyone to retune their digital televisions, set-top boxes or digital television recorders to ensure you are receiving all channels. In some areas the need for retuning has already occurred while other areas are scheduled progressively throughout the remainder of the year.

SBS and community channels are changing frequencies, making retuning necessary if you wish to continue receiving them. ABC and commercial channels will not be affected. To retune, please consult your manufacturer’s handbook or press ‘menu’ on your remote and follow the prompts. If you require more information or would like to know when your area is scheduled for retuning, please visit or call the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 201 013.

Important notice for residents: toilet blockages Maintenance Officers have received a number of requests regarding blocked toilets. Please be aware that materials such as baby wipes and paper towels should not be flushed down your toilet. These materials do not break down, forming a plaster-like substance causing blockages that are difficult, time-consuming and expensive to remove. Only toilet paper should be flushed. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact ECH Property and Facilities Management on 8159 4700.

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Taking steps to prevent falls April was Falls Awareness Month. According to SA Health, in South Australia alone, 26 older people were admitted to a public hospital each day in 2012 following a fall. Educating yourself about the risk factors, as well as making every effort to stay as fit and healthy as you can, is important in preventing a fall. It is never too early to start taking an interest in falls prevention.

• Visit the Falls Prevention in SA website This website covers information about all facets of falls prevention including healthy eating, eyesight, medications, dizziness, footwear, fitness and home safety.

There are many sources of support and information for older people to learn about falls and how to prevent them. Some of the steps you can take to find out more are listed below. • Make an appointment with your general practitioner to discuss your risk of falls, your general health and what action you can take. They can arrange for referrals to other health professionals if required.

• Join a fitness or wellbeing program involving education and support to improve your strength, flexibility and balance. ECH Therapy Services has a range of options available for older people. Contact your nearest location using the details listed on the back cover of this magazine.

Promoting the health benefits of Tai Chi at Southern Therapy Service • Contact information services such as askECH on 1300 275 324 or the Aged Care Information Line on 1800 500 853 for assistance. • Read the Australian Government’s information resource “Don’t fall for it”. A copy can be obtained by calling the Aged Care Information Line on 1800 500 853 or by downloading a PDF version from Contents

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In recognition of Falls Awareness Month, ECH’s Southern Therapy Service at Morphett Vale decided to promote the health benefits of Tai Chi by holding an open day on 10th April 2013. The core purpose of the day was to promote the significance of Tai Chi in falls prevention, alert new and existing clients to the sessions available each week, and to enable existing Tai Chi participants to share their skills with attendees. “Tai Chi has long been proven as an effective, low impact and relaxing form of exercise with multiple health benefits,” Occupational Therapist Rachelle Bassi says. “Not only does Tai Chi work to reduce falls risk by improving balance, it has also been shown to reduce stress, improve breathing, reduce blood pressure, stabilise blood glucose levels, reduce arthritic pain, enhance concentration and have an overall calming affect on the body.”

Moving more easily once more Roz Brookes has been suffering from the devastating effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the last 14 years. Eighteen months ago, Roz’s exercise physiologist suggested she take up Tai Chi to help improve her mobility and wellbeing. Signing up for classes at ECH’s Southern Therapy Service in Morphett Vale, Roz has been amazed at the changes in her health, particularly noting improvements in her balance, breathing, posture and flexibility. She is also calmer, less stressed and has increased energy levels.

The open day consisted of: • an advanced Tai Chi group demonstration from existing clients led by Therapy Assistants Jacqui Tilley and Ann Marie Michelmore • an education component covering the benefits of Tai Chi (by Physiotherapist Joanna Tan), explanation of the assessment process (by Occupational Therapist Rachelle Bassi) and onsite balance assessments. The presentations were followed by morning tea which featured Tai Chi posing gingerbread men (made by Joanna) affectionately known as ‘Ginger Ninjas’. “The morning was well attended and enabled both staff and clients to demonstrate the skills they have developed and also to encourage others to participate,” Rachelle says. “Attendees found the event to be very positive and inspiring and an influx of Tai Chi assessment referrals have been received as a result!” The initiative was also highly commended by the Southern Community Falls Prevention Team in their awards for activities held during Falls Awareness Month in the southern region.

Well done to the team at Southern Therapy Service! For more information about Tai Chi sessions at ECH Therapy Services, please contact your nearest location by using the details on the back of this magazine.

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“Southern Therapy is a very welcoming and warm place to visit,” Roz says. “All of the staff are respectful and very caring.” Roz also loves to dance but her health issues have previously prevented her from being able to keep up with her hobby. With such an amazing improvement in her health, Roz feels confident that she will soon be able to start taking dance classes. Speaking highly of the program, Roz encourages others to get involved in improving their health.

Would you like to take charge of your health? You may be capable of living a much more active life than you think! Speak to your general practitioner about referring you to your closest ECH Therapy Service or call your nearest location for more information by using the contact details on the back of this magazine.

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Balance conditioning brings confidence Identifying a need for further support for some clients who had completed the Steady Footsteps program, the team at our Therapy Service in Victor Harbor decided to create a balance conditioning class for those that needed continuing assistance to build on what had been taught. Led by Physiotherapist Caroline Crawford and Therapy Assistant Cassie Skewes, the class responds to and is based on best practice falls prevention guidelines and research. “Published research indicates a need for falls prevention, particularly in older age groups,” Caroline says. “Falls have been shown to lead to physical inactivity and decreased engagement in society as a result of decreased confidence.” Prior to commencing the balance conditioning class, clients completed the Steady Footsteps program which involves a program of exercises and education to increase awareness of falls risks and prevention strategies, minimise injuries from falls, and improve mobility, confidence and quality of life. The balance conditioning class is an extension of this program, providing ongoing, supervised balance and strength exercises to continue to facilitate falls prevention and maintain independence and quality of life for participants. “All exercise sessions start with a warm up followed by gentle flexibility exercises, lower limb strength exercises and balance facilitation exercises, with weights being introduced when appropriate,” Caroline says. “The remainder of the session consists of a variety of balance

Balance conditioning class participants Ann Overall, Alfonso Pietrobon, Ray Norton and Percy Gow

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and strength activities which are determined by each client’s individual goals.” Participants are also encouraged to continue with regular home exercise. Ray Norton and Ann Overall have been attending the group since it started in January 2013. Ray, who is juggling the effects of a stroke and a heart condition, reports that he has principally been attending for balance and has improved considerably. “I’m walking better,” Ray says. “And I haven’t had a fall since.” His confidence is returning and he reinforces his recovery by accessing other ECH therapy services for voice and breathing exercises, as well as to improve his dexterity. Ann agrees that the program has been greatly beneficial for restoring her health and her confidence. “It has definitely made a big difference in my health,” Ann says. “My balance is better. I was falling over before and I’m not now.” Previously, Ann was staying at home most days but now feels strong enough to walk around the town. “I can join in more now,” Ann says. It should also be noted that without the dedication of the participants in attending the sessions, working hard during them, then following up with a commitment to putting the exercises into practice at home, they would not have achieved these amazing results. For more information about the therapy programs and services ECH offers, please contact your nearest Therapy Service location using the details on the back of this magazine.

Seasiders officially opened ECH Chief Executive Rob Hankins

Seasiders, ECH’s newest day program centre celebrated its official grand opening on 5th April 2013. The facility was formally opened by Steve Georganas MP, Federal Member for Hindmarsh. Situated in a former community nursing home building in Henley Beach, the newly refurbished centre accommodates a range of community support and wellbeing programs, giving opportunities for older people with memory loss to be creative, seek new experiences and socialise in a friendly, welcoming environment. The grand opening was attended by over 160 guests including participants, their families and carers. Guest speakers included Rob Hankins, ECH Chief Executive, Dr Faizal Ibrahim, Consultant Geriatrician at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Gary Forrest, Seasiders participant.

Federal Member for Hindmarsh Steve Georganas MP

Steve Georganas was also taken on a tour of Seaside Wellness, ECH’s adjacent therapy service which has recently been expanded with new fitness and treatment rooms joining onto the Seasiders site. For more information on the community support and wellbeing programs offered at Seasiders, please visit our website or contact Betty Hurrell, Seasiders Coordinator, on 8356 5398. Scan using your Smartphone to see a video of the grand opening

Steve Georganas MP, Rob Hankins and ECH Community Services General Manager Andrew Stoll

Dr Faizal Ibrahim

Gary Forrest with wife Pat

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Record number of volunteers at Victor Harbor ECH is supported by a dedicated group of volunteers who offer their time and skills to provide a range of extra social activities for our residents and clients. Recently, Ross Robertson Memorial Care Centre in Victor Harbor reported that they now have over 100 volunteers! Volunteers at the care centre collectively gave 975 hours of their time in a three month period (January to March 2013). They are involved in a diverse range of activities including bus driving, café support, walking group, visiting, social outings, library services and much, much more. One of these volunteers is Steve Cook, who has been supporting the care centre for seven years. Steve was winding down from his 46-year career with Australia Post, doing less and less work, leaving him with more free time. Not being the type to stay idle, he sought volunteer work initially with Meals on Wheels. At the time they didn’t have any opportunities available and so, luckily for ECH, Steve offered his services to Ross Robertson Memorial Care Centre. “I absolutely love it,” Steve says. He spends three days a week with residents, mainly doing individual room visits but also helping out with craft group and social outings when required. An avid art collector, Steve shares his cherished hobby with residents by showing them his collection. Originally he physically brought the paintings in, having to carry them on his walk to the care centre. Now he photographs them and brings the images in on a tablet computer for the residents to admire. He has always been a social person and relishes the time he gets to spend talking to residents. “This is my forte,” Steve says. “I’m a chatterbox!” His volunteer hours vary anywhere from six to 20 hours per week, depending on the needs of residents. He also volunteers for the Royal Society for the Blind’s Talking Times service, reading the newspaper to

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people who are visually impaired. “I’ve got something happening every day,” Steve says. Steve believes that volunteering in aged care is a calling and that it is about giving something back to your community. “I believe that I get out of volunteering as much as I hope my friends here get out of it,” he says. “I have a real sense of worth about being here.” Interested in becoming a volunteer with ECH? We’d love to hear from you! A range of volunteering options is available. For more information, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kylie Maher on 8407 5151.

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“I believe that I get out of volunteering as much as I hope my friends here get out of it. I have a real sense of worth about being here.”

In praise of poets By Denis McGill Mervyn Graham Lodge, Victor Harbor My mind journeys back to the Masters Of language and good turn of phrase, Those poets whose words still yet linger In books we still read nowadays.

And let’ s not forget Thomas Gray His Elegy featuring Man,

All hail to the bard William Shakespeare, Whose sonnets then started a trend Of fourteen lines rhyming together And words all intended to blend.

His struggles to live his life detailed Till death ends the race he ran. And what of the great William Wordsworth, he poets who hailed from old Irelan Whose sonnet of old London townT Just pictures in lyrical detail Wilde, Shaw, Swift, William Butler That city of world-wide renown. The tiger alive in the jungle So many words then put to music John Blake seeks to immortalize, Like Danny Boy and other such great That creature so fearsome of countenance Such piercing, hypnotic eyes. Australia had its share of poets A tale of an old ancient mariner Was Coleridge’s main claim to fame, Contributing their talents to fame A tale of the death of an albatross With mariner shouldering the blame. Like “Banjo” and Gordon and Lawson And let’s not forget Thomas Gray’s work, Will ever their likes come again? His Elegy featuring Man, His struggles to live his life detailed And here am I, tired and weary Till death ends the race he ran. Attempting to put down in rhyme The poets who hailed from old Ireland – Wilde, Shaw, Swift, William Butler Yeats So many words then put to musicMy ideas and thoughts about living Like Danny Boy and other such greats. Until I have out-lived my time. Are you a Australia had its share of poets poet or a w riter f shout lot ons (tthis journey Contributing their talents to fame For such ois ort storie rue or Like “Banjo” and Gordon and Lawson. fictitious)? If y o u would of days Will ever their likes come again? From birth-date like to con to ending tribute to t he ECH And here am I, tired and weary We strive o! make magazuse to our talents ine, of please Attempting to put down in rhyme send your submissio My ideas and thoughts about livingIn hopefowe ns praise! earn others’ r concan s id e r a t io nt Until I have out-lived my time. For such is our lot on this journey From birth-date to ending of days We strive to make use of our talents In hope we can earn others’ praise!

o the Publication s Coordina tor, 174 Green hill Road, Parkside S A 5063 or e mail publication s@ech.asn .au.

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Dancing the night away On 13th January 2013, residents at Charles Young Residential Care Centre were treated to a ballroom dance, bringing back happy memories from younger years. Dancers twirled around the floor in formal attire and lovely, flowing dresses. Then residents were invited to take to the floor, with many taking the opportunity to kick up their heels.

Social Pages Celebrating 90 years Dulcie Freeman from ECH’s Maurice Court has been involved in rigorous sporting activities from a young age. She feels this love of sport, as well as a commitment to keeping her brain active and staying positive, has been instrumental in her reaching 90 years of age. “I’ve always been involved in sport, either playing, coaching or umpiring,” she says. Today, Dulcie is still very much involved in sport, now playing the physically and mentally challenging game of croquet. Born on 21st January 1923 in Loxton, Dulcie moved to the Eyre Peninsula where she began playing netball at primary school. At the age of 19, she joined the army and spent four years as a searchlight operator at various bases in South and Western Australia. It was during this time that she met her husband Brian. They were married in 1946 and had two children, Colin and Julie. After living in Adelaide for a time, they moved to Robe to work on a farm. The conditions were harsh and the rewards were few, so they moved their family back to Dulcie’s hometown of Port Lincoln. When her children were in high school, she took a relieving position at the local hospital, intending only to stay for a month but ending up working there for the next 20 years as a housekeeper.

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After this time, Dulcie relocated to Adelaide for a new adventure, and soon registered with ECH. Presented with a unit in Unley, she found the offer too good to pass up and quickly agreed to move in. She is still in the same unit today, almost 27 years later, and has even encouraged other family members to make the same move with her sister Audrey living at Bowden Towers and her sister-in-law Mavis living at Robertson Miller Lodge. Dulcie is hardly ever home, always out and about playing something or meeting someone. Not having driven since her 70s, she has managed to maintain her independence despite a heart condition with the use of a motorised scooter. “It’s my salvation,” she says. “I’d be lost without it.” She even takes it aboard the tram and regularly enjoys a visit to Glenelg. It also gets her faithfully to her Hyde Park Croquet Club commitments, which she has been a part of for over 25 years and has recently been made a life member. She enjoyed two celebrations for her 90th birthday. The club hosted an afternoon tea with speeches and mountains of food. On her actual birthday, Dulcie had a dinner with family members from all over the state as well as from Sydney.

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New production shining light on memory loss Synopsis Max, 16, is becoming an angry young man, seduced by risk and danger. Darcy, 11, has become too big for his boots, alienating friends and teachers alike while Chloe, 14, (through whose eyes we view the story) is silently noticing a change in Tom, their Dad. Little changes at first, but as the months pass Tom’s condition worsens. His behaviour grows ever more strange and unpredictable. The fabric of this tight-knit family is stretched to its limits. Loyalties are tested and blood-ties challenged, and when hard decisions need to be made, this family drama builds to an explosive and heartwrenching conclusion. The Visitors is the latest production from award-winning playwright Sean Riley and Urban Myth Theatre Company, the creators of the internationally award winning play Also a Mirror. Like Also a Mirror, the play shines a light on some of the issues surrounding memory loss and draws from the experiences of families supporting a loved one with dementia. The production was sponsored by ECH. The Urban Myth Theatre Company regularly brings productions into our care centres for the enjoyment of residents.

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The Visitors was performed at The Goodwood Institute during the Come Out Festival.

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Join the family at Charles Young Residential Care Centre Charles Young Residential Care Centre is located in southern metropolitan Adelaide, near Morphettville Racecourse, and is a short drive from the Glenelg foreshore and Marion Shopping Centre. Nestled in a quiet suburban setting, the care centre is open and spacious with a warm and homely atmosphere. The centre accommodates more than 150 residents in 119 single and 13 double rooms. Every room has an ensuite bathroom, access to telephone and television sockets, and an individually controlled air conditioning unit. Care is provided to residents in respect of ensuring that, wherever possible, daily life reflects what they would have experienced while living in the community. This is called our Lifestyle Model of Care which also places a high priority on enabling residents to continue making choices about their lifestyle. A creative lifestyle program offers a diverse range of activities, for both groups and individuals, to promote socialisation and to encourage residents to retain their interests or try something new.

Charles Young Residential Care Centre has homely furnishings and décor, and features: • comfortably furnished lounges and dining rooms • private dining and lounge areas which can be booked for celebrations and family gatherings • hairdressing salon • large activities hall • onsite laundering and labelling service • landscaped gardens and courtyards • coffee shop serving drinks and light snacks • a Memory Support Unit for residents who require secure accommodation • ‘ageing in place’ which minimises the need to move rooms despite changing care needs

Levels of care offered High: Yes Low: Yes Respite: Yes Transitional: Yes Awaiting placement: No

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A lovely place to be Evelyn Newman (pictured above left) came to live at Charles Young Residential Care Centre in 2008 and thinks it is a wonderful place to reside. Over the years she has made many friends, feeling as if they are one big family. “It’s our home,” Evelyn says. “We are never bored! With weekly activity programs to be involved in there is always something to do.”

Evelyn makes regular use of the special features of the care centre, meeting family and friends in the café when they come to visit and using the hairdressing salon on a weekly basis. “The staff are always helpful, respectful and caring while catering to our needs,” Evelyn also says. “It’s a lovely place to be,” Evelyn says. She encourages others to come join the family!

Admission and tours If you would like to learn more about residential care, please contact ECH’s Referral Officer by phoning 8407 5192 or emailing If you, or a relative or friend, are considering living at Charles Young Residential Care Centre, booking a tour can be arranged by phoning the care centre on 8350 3600. Tours are held monthly.

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Change can happen at any age Before participating in ECH’s Northern Living Well program, Pam Marsh spent most of her time at home, frightened to face other people. She found it difficult to do regular activities such as shopping and withdrew from physical contact with her family. Her upbringing was tougher than most people’s. Born in Victoria into a family of nine children, her mother abandoned them when Pam was young, leaving her father to care for them. Put into an orphanage at eight years of age, she spent the next six years of her life without the love and care a child needs. “We were just sheep,” Pam recalls. “My number was 17.” Leaving the orphanage at 14, she was barely old enough to take care of herself. “I was still a baby,” she says. “I was so scared of people.” Pam went on to get married (divorcing later) and had three children who she absolutely adores. However,

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her fear of people still plagued her and is something she has struggled with throughout her life. She lost touch with those close to her and became what she describes as a ‘hermit’. However, if you met Pam today, that description no longer applies. Introduced to Project Officer Ashling O’Boyle from Northern Living Well through a Home Assist referral, Pam revealed that she wanted to change her life, reconnect with her children and create a social network. “I needed to get out but I was scared,” Pam says. Ashling earned Pam’s trust and helped to build her confidence in her abilities to achieve these goals. Initially, Ashling accompanied Pam to investigate various social opportunities, including computing classes and a genealogy group at the Jack Young Centre*. “At first I couldn’t even look at anyone,” Pam says. Ashling continued to support Pam until she felt comfortable attending on her own.

Thank you

Pam wishes to thank the following people:

Tony (counsellor) - for his guidance and support over the last two years

Michael (Jack Young Centre) – for making her feel safe, supported and welcome

Sue (Jack Young Centre) – for taking Pam under her wing after the Northern Living Well program ended and introducing her to volunteering Michelle (Jack Young Centre) – for always greeting her with a smile and for teaching her new skills in the kitchen Ashling (ECH) – “I’d still be back there if it wasn’t for her. I am very grateful for what she has helped me with,” Pam says. *The Jack Young Centre is run by the City of Salisbury. It is a fully accessible leisure centre offering a diverse range of programs, activities and services for people over 50 (or younger with a disability). A café service is also provided onsite offering nutritious and affordable lunch meals and a frozen meal service. For more information, please contact the centre on 8258 7286.

“I started to be happy for the first time in my life,” she says. “And it’s just grown from there.” Pam also became involved in a scrapbooking and card-making club at Para Hills. “I’ve been able to put roots out,” she says, finding that her social network has expanded much wider than she ever imagined it could. Since finishing the program, Pam’s achievements keep multiplying. She now volunteers at the Jack Young Centre in the café and is adding more skills to her repertoire. “This is the first time I like my name and I’m proud to wear my name badge,” Pam says. “I’m really proud of what I have learnt.” Walking around with her head up, she now enjoys a trip to the shops and welcomes a hug from her close friends. Most excitingly, Pam, along with her friend Nan from the genealogy group, recently travelled to the Northern Territory on the Ghan to visit her son who she hadn’t seen for almost thirty years. “My wishes are coming true,” Pam says.

Holding on to a lot of resentment towards her early life, she has now been able to turn this around with the help of her counsellor Tony. He has also shown her how to manage her emotions and taught her how to relate to people. “I never thought I’d get to where I am now,” she says. Other people have noticed a change in Pam too, even her long-serving optometrist has commented on the difference! “This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” Pam says. While Pam now enjoys going out, she also loves to spend time at home with her pets Gilly, Tom and Tiger. She is also a devoted Hawk’s supporter and recently even ventured out to watch a match at AAMI Stadium with Tony and his son. “I can’t believe that I’ve gone this far but I am going to go further.” Pam says.

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Amazing achievements through Living Well Unexpected reconnections Luke Kennedy was referred to the Northern Living Well program with hopes of finding more social outlets, a desire to purchase and learn how to use a computer, and a dream of reconnecting with his daughters who he had lost touch with 20 years ago. Recently having moved from Elizabeth to Mawson Lakes, Luke had the added challenge of becoming familiar with a new area. He was further isolated by the nature of the apartment style housing in which he currently resides. With these goals in mind, Project Officer Ashling O’Boyle introduced Luke to computing classes at the Jack Young Centre and assisted him to purchase a computer through Work Ventures1. Originally from Belgium, Ashling also searched for cultural groups which could be of interest to Luke. With only a beer-drinking Belgian club available locally, she introduced Luke to the Dutch Club2 at Greenfields, given that the Dutch language is also spoken in Belgium. Here Luke has been able to meet new people, enjoy hearty Dutch meals and re-learn his native language. Meanwhile, Ashling linked Luke in with the Salvation Army Family Tracing Program 3 in the hopes they would be able to find some information about his daughters. Things progressed much faster than they ever imagined, with one of Luke’s daughters also eager to make contact, and Luke soon received a long-awaited call. “I didn’t know what to say at first,” Luke says. “I didn’t expect it.” With his daughter living interstate, they met up in person for Christmas and plan to meet up again in June for his birthday.

Luke has since spoken to his other daughter over the phone and is looking forward to meeting up with the rest of his family which includes grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Luke feels much more content now that he has a range of social avenues and especially since reconnecting with his daughters. His next project is to reignite his passion for leatherwork at the Edinburgh Men’s Social Club 4.

Living Well: an achievement available to everyone Would you like some support with broadening your social networks? ECH’s Living Well programs offer twelve weeks of one-on-one personalised coaching sessions for people aged 60 years and over who live in the council areas listed below. ECH independent living unit residents are eligible to access the Living Well program regardless of their address through a program established especially for them.

Cities of Charles Sturt, West Torrens and Port Adelaide Enfield (old Enfield region only) Tamara Featherston, Project Officer Ph: 8356 3169

Cities of Salisbury, Playford and Tea Tree Gully Ashling O’Boyle, Project Officer Ph: 8406 8288

ECH independent living unit residents Tamara Featherston, Project Officer Ph: 8356 3169

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Dutch Club Dutch Aged Care Ph: 8250 4588


Salvation Army Family Tracing Service Ph: 8408 6900


Edinburgh Men’s Social Club John Leicester Ph: 8209 6947

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Ashling O’Boyle with Luke Kennedy outside the Dutch Club

Wooden works of art Every Monday morning at Ridgehaven Residential Care Centre you will find a dedicated group of male residents chipping away at a variety of intricate woodwork projects. Providing an opportunity for the men of the care centre to use their skills, these sessions see residents working away on tasks including sanding, sawing, gluing, trimming and painting. Once projects are completed they are often placed on display, used by the residents, and occasionally presented as gifts to friends and loved ones. This group, as well as several other groups held at the care centre, also provides opportunities for residents to build friendships, engage in light, physical activity, and enjoy the company of others in a productive, social setting. The woodwork group is of particular significance because of the importance of specialised activities in care centres to ensure residents have the opportunity to be involved in skilful and meaningful ventures, as they would have had while living in the community. The members of the woodwork group are currently working on crafting several sets of dominoes which will soon become available for residents to use. Past assignments involved residents helping to create wooden aeroplanes, trucks, trains, ships and themed items such as Christmas decorations and kangaroos for Australia Day. The social aspect of the group has even benefitted those who are not able to participate due to mobility restrictions. Resident Bob Rutter is one such example. He attends regularly and, although he is unable to participate in the actual woodwork, he enjoys watching the hive of activity going on around him. Volunteer Peter Wotton assists the residents and has helped to coordinate a number of the woodwork projects. “I love doing this,” Peter, a skilled woodwork craftsman, says. “Being able to come in and help, have a cup of tea and chat with the fellas.” Gail Bawden, also a volunteer, enjoys helping out in several group activities and occasionally brings along special treats such as baked goods for residents to enjoy.

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Dates to remember June Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 24th-30th World Continence Awareness Week

July Eye Health Awareness Month 7th-14th NAIDOC Week 14th-20th National Diabetes Week 22nd-28th National Pain Week 26th Stress Down Day

August 4th-10th National Healthy Bones Week 5th Picnic Day (NT) 23rd Daffodil Day 25th-31st Hearing Awareness Week

Do you know someone who prefers their ECH publications in large print or on audio CD? This can be arranged as the Royal Society for the Blind kindly translates our publications into your preferred format. For a copy contact: Publications Coordinator ECH Inc Reply Paid 83158 Parkside SA 5063 Telephone: 8407 5160 Email:

September 1st-7th National Asthma Awareness Week 9th-15th National Stroke Week 16th-22nd Dementia Awareness Week 17th Australian Citizenship Day 21st World Alzheimer’s Day 25th-30th National Parkinson’s Week

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October Every Generation Festival Foot Health Month 6th-12th Mental Health Week 7th Labour Day (SA) 12th International Arthritis Day 13th-19th Carers’ Week 20th World Osteoporosis Day 28th Pink Ribbon Day

November Movember (men’s health) 5th Melbourne Cup 18th-24th Antibiotic Awareness Week

December 25th Christmas Day 26th Proclamation Day/Boxing Day 31st New Year’s Eve

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Call on your local council In March, Robyn Geraghty MP, Member for Torrens, hosted a forum for seniors at the Hillcrest Community Centre to inform older people within her electorate of useful services and information. ECH’s Greenacres Therapy Service had an information booth at the forum, giving us the chance to speak to older people about the wellbeing programs available to them. Several guest speaks were also invited to present to the large group gathered at the community centre, and a topic of particular interest was the home maintenance and transport services available to older people living within the Port Adelaide Enfield region. These services are offered to older people who require assistance around the house and support to remain involved in regular activities so that they may be able to remain living in their home. Most councils offer similar services to older people living within their boundaries. Common types of support you may be able to access through your local council include: • transport to appointments, shopping centres etc • community bus transport • in-home assistance such as washing, cleaning and maintenance (please note: ECH independent living unit residents must contact Property and Facilities Management, formerly known as Maintenance Services, on 8159 4700 for any maintenance requests) • social clubs • community centres offering a range of activities • home library deliveries • support with meals In many cases, small fees and eligibility criteria apply. Please contact your local council for details on how they can help you.

Some interesting support and social options from various councils are listed below. City of West Torrens Home Library Service: items of interest from the library are dropped off to you at home and picked up again. Contact 8416 6260. City of Onkaparinga Home Assist: offering home maintenance, security and cleaning services for frail older people. Contact 8392 6900. Darwin City Council Nightcliff, Lyons and Malak Community Centres: available for hire for activity groups or social functions. Contact 8930 0300. District Council of Mt Barker Wallis Cinema Outing: monthly meeting at Wallis Cinema in Mt Barker to enjoy morning tea, quiz and movie with popular personality Willsy. Contact 8391 7234. Cambelltown City Book Club: for socially isolated residents, involving small group meetings at the library or local cafés to take part in discussions about set readings. Contact 8366 9203. Marion City MarionLIFE Community Garden: a place to share knowledge, enjoy healthy produce and get involved. Contact 8277 0304. City of Port Adelaide Enfield Chicago Quilters Group: for learning a range of quilting techniques. Located at the Kilburn Community Centre. Contact Yvonne on 8449 8991. City of Mitcham Lunch Clubs: for social time, gentle exercise, outings and meals. Contact 8372 8859.

Elena Russo from Greenacres Therapy Service with Robyn Geraghty MP.

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Stories from Southern Day Program Ern and Monica Warren came to learn about ECH’s Southern Day Program through the Alzheimer’s Association, after Ern received a diagnosis of early onset dementia. Initially skeptical about attending the program, which provides social opportunities for older people with memory loss or who are socially isolated, Ern was pleasantly surprised by how much he enjoyed attending and now looks forward to going each week. He has been participating in Southern Day Program weekly since August 2012. Sharing in the benefits of this program is Ern’s wife Monica. Knowing Ern is able to have an enjoyable time in a safe environment allows Monica time to rest and catch up on other activities. Both Ern and Monica highly recommend the program to others requiring similar support and opportunities for social activities.

Recently the couple received some unexpected and delightful news. Monica had been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her commitment to volunteering. Ern proudly escorted Monica to the investiture at Government House on 17th April 2013 where she received her medal from His Excellency Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia (see image below). Celebrations continued afterwards with family at a luncheon at Government House. “Winning the award was a very humbling moment and was completely unexpected,” Monica says. Monica began volunteering for Camp Quality 11 years ago after hearing through a friend about selling baked goods to donate the profits to charity. Thinking it would be a great way to get involved and give something back to the community, Monica began fundraising in this way and raised an amazing $10,000 in a five year period. She continues to volunteer and raise funds for Camp Quality. If you would like to know more about ECH’s Day Programs, please contact your nearest location. Details are on the back cover of this magazine. For more information about Southern Day Program, please contact Chris O’Brien on 8381 4901.

Ern and Monica Warren

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It all comes down to love Sitting at the edge of the dance floor with a group of other young girls, Betty noticed a young man break away from the pack standing in their usual spot by the doorway. His name was Harry Bament and he couldn’t resist asking Betty for a dance. This is where their story began. It must have been love because Harry would regularly walk through the cemetery that separated their Cheltenham homes to court Betty. Back then the cemetery was surrounded by farmland which housed work horses. Betty and Harry can still recall the times the horses would thunder wildly through the paddocks. They were married in an evening ceremony on 17th April 1948 at Woodville Presbyterian Church. With restrictions still in place from the war, they honeymooned in Mount Gambier. “It was the only place you could go,” Harry says. A permit was required to travel interstate. With rations also in place for food, clothing and petrol, the newlyweds made the trip together by bus. Harry’s original trade was as a carpenter and joiner, and he built their family home with the assistance of an electrician and plumber. They went on to live in this house for 38 years. In 1955, they expanded their family with the arrival of their daughter Kay. They welcomed their second daughter Vonnie-Lee in 1959. Always remaining close, they spent most of their time together. Harry’s work was nearby their family home so he would often stop by for lunch. School pick-up was a novelty as Harry would let Kay sit in the sidecar of his motorbike.

They enjoyed many caravanning trips together, visiting every state of Australia over a span of 40 years. Port Fairy was one of their favourite spots due to Harry’s love of fishing. “You could pull your car right up to the water and throw the line out the window,” Betty says. “We went back often over the years.” In 1978, Harry and Betty purchased an old cottage in Victor Harbor to renovate as a holiday home. Victor Harbor became a cherished holiday destination and, after Harry had officially retired, they made a permanent move to the seaside town in 1989. Betty had a stroke in 2011 and spent ten weeks in the Repatriation General Hospital in Daw Park. “Harry came to see me every day,” Betty says. After her return home, Betty began receiving in-home support from ECH. Harry also attended some classes at the local ECH Therapy Service to improve his balance. They are grateful for the assistance which doesn’t intrude on their independence and offers them the support of their choosing. This is particularly convenient as Harry likes to take command of the kitchen. “I’m a good cook,” he says. With Betty mostly confined to a wheelchair, they have also creatively devised their own pager system using a doorbell. Harry carries the base with him whenever he is outside and Betty keeps the bell close by in case she needs him. Recently celebrating their milestone 65th wedding anniversary, the couple says that a lasting marriage requires patience and understanding. “But the main thing is love,” Harry says.

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Committed to workplace safety and injury management WorkCover SA recently concluded a comprehensive evaluation of ECH’s workplace safety and injury management systems. The evaluation was based on WorkCover’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS&W) and Injury Management performance standards. Following a successful evaluation, ECH has been awarded a level three ‘Superior Performance’ ranking. This ranking is awarded to organisations that are able to demonstrate full conformance with WorkCover’s comprehensive OHS&W and Injury Management performance standards. This outstanding result is a reflection of ECH’s dedication to continuous planning and the effective management and implementation of its OHS&W and Injury Management systems to high standards.

Returning to work John Fridmanis spent four years on WorkCover following a previous workplace accident. After his recovery, John experienced difficulty returning to work due to post traumatic stress resulting from his injuries. After several attempts to return to the workforce John was introduced to ECH where he met with the Property and Facilities Management team and the Rehabilitation and Safety Manager to discuss work placement opportunities.

ECH would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and dedicated participants for their contribution during the evaluation period, particularly the representatives at various sites including Community Programs South as well as Holly, Walkerville, Marten and Charles Young Residential Care Centres.

“Since starting with ECH I have gone back to enjoying my work and what I do, and still have the support of the people I work with. I always had the impression that after the accident, and with the stigma of WorkCover, I would never be able to get back into the workforce, let alone stay there,” John says. “I would always encourage people who are on WorkCover to get back into the workforce as soon as possible as the longer you are off the harder it is to go back. I have ECH to thank for their assistance in my return to work.”

Following this meeting, John was offered an employment opportunity with the Maintenance Services team beginning with an eight week trial. This opportunity allowed John to gain experiences in different departments including the office, warehouse and onsite alongside Maintenance Officers. John comments that during this time he felt the support of everyone at ECH, especially those he came into contact with from the management team to warehouse staff. Following probation, John was offered a permanent position as a Maintenance Officer and five years on has progressed into the role of Coordinator, Independent Living Unit Maintenance, in the Property and Facilities Management team. Rehabilitation and Safety Manager Cos Lamberto with John Fridmanis

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Together we can create real choices

Guiding you through the maze When Jacqui Kurtzer’s husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she began a quest for information. She didn’t know where to turn to and was in need of support and guidance to help manage her husband’s condition at home. “I was stumbling around in the dark and didn’t know what to do to get help,” Jacqui says. Initially overwhelmed by the abundance of information available to her, Jacqui soon contacted askECH and was offered specific advice on a range of services available to support her and her husband. “askECH was very helpful,” Jacqui says. Through askECH Jacqui received information on therapy centres offering exercise classes for people with Parkinson’s disease, and was also placed in contact with the Independent Living Centre which assists clients to remain

independent through specialised products and services. The Independent Living Centre further partnered with Jacqui to explore available options such as the installation of hand rails around the home and equipment to help her husband get in and out of bed. If you are feeling lost in the maze of aged care services and confused over where to start or who to turn to for assistance, askECH can provide support to you or your loved ones in navigating the aged care system.

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm T. 1300 275 324 (1300 askECH) E.

“After my operation I was very happy with the support from askECH. I’m now attending physio and it has been absolutely terrific. A very positive experience. Valuable information given in adequate time.” Elizabeth Huezenko

“Refreshing to find genuine interest, support, and follow up in managing aged support options. Heartfelt thanks.” Margie Monk

“I was overwhelmed by the amount of help that was out there for us and how the ECH advisor seemed to have it all at her fingertips. I will call when I am in need.” Christine Mackintosh

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A colourful, inspiring and diverse array of artwork is being created at ECH’s Walkerville Day Program by an interesting collaboration of high school students, day program attendees, ECH staff and an experienced artist. Once again, the popular art project, which has been running successfully for several years now, is bridging the generation gap to bring younger people together with older people in a supportive environment encouraging expression and creativity in many artistic forms. “This year’s theme is Kaleidoscope because of the variety of pieces being produced and the diversity of subjects being represented in the artwork,” Walkerville Day Program Coordinator Sharyn Blows says. “We are really exploring what is meaningful to each participant and this is being brought out in each piece they create.” The nine-week project involves seven attendees from the Walkerville Day Program and ten students from Pembroke School, led by Sharyn and artist Violet Cooper. Violet has a Bachelor of Visual Communication and has been focusing predominantly on her passion for art for the past ten years. In particular, she enjoys creating “arty nic nacs” such as humorous clocks, plastic jewels, paintings, collages and mosaics*. The project has been a new experience for Violet who has never been involved in guiding such a varied group of budding artists before.

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By the end of the project, the participants will have completed a range of artwork including: • glass mosaics • canvas paintings • silhouette drawings • paintings on plates • decorated clocks • clay models Kevin Stewart, 83, has been involved in the last three art projects and finds great value in being involved. “I feel privileged to be able to do this,” he says. Kevin, an engineer by trade, was accustomed to using computer assisted drawing programs and drawing tables but had limited experience with freehand drawing and painting before his first art project venture. This hasn’t worried him though as he relishes the opportunity to try his hand at each medium offered. “If you think you can’t do it then you won’t be able to but if you think you can then you will,” he says. Kevin has mainly been working with Pembroke School student Ashley Kimber, 16, who is enjoying getting to know Kevin and also finds the uniqueness of the project highly valuable. “I’ve never really done anything like this before,” Ashley says. “If it wasn’t for this project I wouldn’t have had the opportunity.”

Being involved in these projects, which always culminates in a public exhibition, has been of particular significance to Kevin as it has allowed him to share his accomplishments with his friends and family. During his working life, Kevin was the Plant Manager at Mitsubishi. He was responsible for 3,700 employees and worked long hours, rarely having the time to share the achievements of his working life with his family and friends. A severe stroke turned his world upside down and he quickly went from being a healthy and highly paid corporate professional

to someone who had to learn to walk and talk again, causing him to feel insignificant in the community. Through the various art projects Kevin has participated in, he has been able to showcase his creations publicly, bringing him a great sense of achievement and pride. With the Kaleidoscope exhibition coming up on 8th August 2013, his excitement is growing and he plans to send invitations to his wide network of family, friends and carers who are constantly amazed by what he and the other participants are producing.

Please join us in sharing in the achievements of the art project participants at a public exhibition of Kaleidoscope. The opening evening will be held on 8th August from 6pm at Pembroke School’s Parents’ and Friends’ Gallery, Park Road, Kensington Park. If you wish to attend, please advise Sharyn Blows on 8342 8367 or email The exhibition will also be open by appointment from 9th August to 16th August 2013. If you wish to make an appointment to view the artworks, please contact Michael Ferrier on 8366 6247.

*Violet’s work can be viewed on her website

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Energy saving tips for your home Although electricity costs may be rising, there are several things you can do around your home to reduce your bill as much as possible. • Set the thermostat on your air conditioner to 23 or 24 degrees when cooling and between 19 and 21 degrees when heating. • Ensure your air conditioner’s filter is cleaned annually. (ECH independent living residents please note: to assist with the efficient running of your air conditioner, we have an annual Preventative Maintenance Program in place to clean your air conditioner filters). • Draughts cause air conditioners and heaters to work harder. Check your home for obvious draughts, particularly around doors, windows and the stove.

• Unplug kitchen appliances and computers when they are not in use. • Switch off televisions, DVD players and stereos at the wall. If these are attached to a power board it is easier to turn them all off at the same time. • During the warmer months, keep the curtains and blinds closed during the hottest part of the day to maintain a cooler home. • Turn lights off when leaving a room. • Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible. • Small loads in your washing machine or dishwasher use the same energy as a full load. Save energy by waiting for a full load.

• Set your fridge temperature between four and five degrees Celsius and your freezer between -15 and -18 degrees Celsius.

• Wash clothes in cold water. With today’s soap powders and liquids it is just as effective.

• When boiling water, keep the lid on the pot to prevent any heat loss.

• Borrow the Home Energy Toolkit from your local library to carry out a home energy audit and identify areas where you can increase savings.

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• Reduce your shower time and save water.

?? Quiz: capital cities

Name the capital cities of the following countries:

If you are experiencing difficulties in paying your energy bills you may wish to consider the following: • Contact your energy provider and talk to the Hardship Officer who can help you work out a plan to pay the bill in instalments. They can also help you to apply for emergency utility bill vouchers that you can use to meet minimum payments. • Call the Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS) Helpline on 1800 007 001 to: • understand your energy bills • work out whether you are getting the right rebates • devise a budget and manage your money • find out ways to use less energy in the home

Compare your energy plan Compare utility providers and plans to ensure you have the best plan available. Switchwise allows you to compare a variety of energy plans from several suppliers. You will need your bill to help you answer a series of questions regarding your current plan and usage. Contact Switchwise by calling 1300 867 948 or by visiting


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

Argentina Australia Austria Belgium Brazil Cambodia China Costa Rica Cyprus Denmark Egypt Fiji Finland France Germany Greece Haiti Hungary Iceland India Iran Iraq Ireland Japan Jordan Kenya Lebanon Libya Malaysia Malta Nepal New Zealand Norway Philippines Poland Russia Solomon Islands Switzerland Turkey Vietnam

Answers: 1. Buenos Aires 2. Canberra 3. Vienna 4. Brussels 5. Brasilia 6. Phnom Penh 7. Beijing 8. San Jose 9. Nicosia 10. Copenhagen 11. Cairo 12. Suva 13. Helsinki 14. Paris 15. Berlin 16. Athens 17. Port-au-Prince 18. Budapest 19. Reykjavik 20. New Delhi 21. Tehran 22. Baghdad 23. Dublin 24. Tokyo 25. Amman 26. Nairobi 27. Beirut 28. Tripoli 29. Kuala Lumpur 30. Valletta 31. Kathmandu 32. Wellington 33. Oslo 34. Manila 35. Warsaw 36. Moscow 37. Honiara 38. Bern 39. Ankara 40. Hanoi

Utilities Bills

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2013 Holiday unit booking form

Please complete the form below and return it to: Corporate Office Reception ECH Inc 174 Greenhill Road Parkside SA 5063





ARDROSSAN Unit 14, 32 Oval Terrace Fee for seven night stay 1 person/per night $20 = $140.00 2 people/per night $30 = $210.00 3 people/per night $45 = $315.00 4 people/per night $60 = $420.00 Note: No taxi service is available, bus service arrives at Ardrossan in the evening.

VICTOR HARBOR Unit 13, 7 Acraman Street Fee for seven night stay 1 person/per night $20 = $140.00 2 people/per night $30 = $210.00 3 people/per night $45 = $315.00 4 people/per night $60 = $420.00 BOOKING PREFERENCES 1. 2.

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Holiday unit bookings ECH provides two well appointed holiday units at Ardrossan and Victor Harbor which are available to independent living unit residents. Making a booking is as easy as completing the form opposite, cutting it out and returning it to Reception at ECH’s Corporate Office in Parkside. The holiday units at Ardrossan and Victor Harbor are two bedroom, catering for a maximum of four people (one double bed and two singles). A few things to remember: • The holiday booking is for seven nights. • Your week commences on a Thursday with check in after 2pm and check out prior to 10am the following Thursday. • You will receive a phone call upon receipt of your booking request. •

You will also receive a confirmation letter one month prior to your holiday with all the relevant information about what you need to take with you. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us on 8407 5151.

ECH wishes you a happy and enjoyable holiday!

Contact us Corporate Office askECH

174 Greenhill Road 174 Greenhill Road

Parkside Parkside

5063 5063

8407 5151 1300 275 324

Independent Retirement Living Accommodation Services Independent Living Services Maintenance Services

8407 5115 8407 5111 8159 4700

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