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19th April 2021 Latest News Aged Care

Wellbeing for older South Australians at the heart of new partnership

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Partnership with leading SA ageing care provider ECH

Enabling South Australians to live confidently and have the best possible life as they age is at the core of an exciting new partnership between leading South Australian ageing care provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) and The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group.

THRF Group will become the official philanthropic partner for ECH, with the organisations working together to raise vital funds for trialling new and innovative technologies, piloting innovative models of care and investing in research projects that will translate into better quality of life and care.

THRF Group CEO Paul Flynn said the partnership represented an alignment in organisational values between two growing and impact-focused South Australian organisations.

“As a profit-for-purpose organisation that is fighting for every South Australian, we’ve always had a strong interest in enabling people to live to the fullest, no matter what stage of life they’re at,” Mr Flynn said.

“We applaud ECH for their progressive mindset and the development of a wellbeing model, integrating community care, health and wellbeing services, short-stay accommodation and serviced apartments into their new Care Hotel at College Grove, Walkerville.”

“This will be the initial focus for our philanthropic partnership as we raise funds for research aimed at evaluating this world-first service delivering high-quality care to South Australians. We believe this will be a game-changer for the broader landscape of aged care in Australia and make an incredible long-term impact on the community.”

ECH Chief Executive Dr David Panter said ECH is proud to announce the new partnership with The Hospital Research Foundation Group.

“ECH is thrilled to be working closely with a major not-for-profit South Australian organisation that is passionate about providing better health and wellbeing outcomes for all South Australians,” Dr Panter said.

“The partnership will enable us to achieve the aspirational goals we have for our ECH Care Hotel at College Grove. Through our innovative model of care, which provides flexibility in the way services are provided, we can help and re-enable older South Australians adapt so that they can return to live in their own home and community.”

ECH is one of the largest South Australian not-for-profit providers of integrated retirement living accommodation and aged care services with all profits being reinvested to increase and improve the services provided.

About ECH

ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) is a leading not-for-profit provider of services that promote self-determination and enable people to have the best life possible as they age. ECH supports more than 15,000 people and employs more than 650 staff, including home support workers, nursing, allied and other health professionals, maintenance teams and administrators.

ECH has 1,838 independent living units across 109 retirement villages throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Victor Harbor and Ardrossan, four Wellness Centres, four dementia-friendly Day Programs and a custom-designed Short Stay Respite Centre. ECH divested out of Residential Care Homes in 2014.

The purpose of this was to ensure that ECH could continue to invest and focus resources on supporting older people to remain living confidently and independently in their own homes for longer.

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About The Hospital Research Foundation Group

The Hospital Research Foundation Group exists for every South Australian. Our purpose is simple – together, fight for better health and wellbeing for our community through life-changing medical research and improved healthcare.

We are a profit-for-purpose organisation aspiring towards a healthy community and wellbeing for all. We raise funds through community donations, corporate support and proceeds from our lottery program, enabling us to fund and facilitate medical research and patient care services in South Australia.

We are a group of charities united – a collective tribe of causes rallying together to fulfill a mutual purpose and make an impact through efficiency and collaboration. From before birth, to end of life and the many diseases and illnesses in between, The Hospital Research Foundation Group is fighting for you.