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Mental Health Awareness

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RSL Care SA places a great deal of importance on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our residents. Some examples of mental health conditions experienced by residents within RSL Care SA are depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and confusion. These can be suffered by any resident at any time, and individuals respond differently to these conditions. To ensure that residents who are suffering from these conditions are receiving the best possible support, our staff will work closely with the resident, their families and various external organisations. Many of our veteran residents suffer with some of these conditions as a result of their service, and because of this, have a close relationship with the Jamie Larcombe Centre (JLC).

We would like to thank Darren Renshaw, JLC’s Veterans’ Health Advocate, for providing the helpful tips below, on caring for ones mental health, as well as services that can be accessed if the need arises.

Guest post by DARREN RENSHAW – Veterans’ Health Advocate, Jamie Larcombe Centre

What is a mental health problem?

Just as our physical health can vary from one day to the next, so can our emotional wellbeing. We can have good or poor mental health and everything in between, often depending on what’s happening in our lives and how we’re reacting to it. Growing older, career changes, moving interstate, deployment, leaving the defence forces, divorce, grief and loss can all affect our mental health and wellbeing. It’s normal to react to such events in our lives but sometimes our reactions could be a sign of a mental health problem, particularly if they persist. Mental health problems can be mild to severe. You can do something about yourself, and at other times you may need to seek professional help.

How can we care for our mental health?

There are simple ways to maintain good mental health.

  • Choose a balanced diet, regular exercise, low-risk drinking and don’t smoke;
  • Spend time with friends and family and do at least one pleasant thing each day;
  • Exercise and nourish your mind with interests and hobbies and meet new friends at the same time;
  • Connect with your community: your local council, church, club or neighbourhood centre will be a source of ideas;
  • Talk to family or mates – don’t bottle it up; and
  • Accept that it is normal to react emotional to difficulties – don’t be too hard on yourself for feeling down.

Getting help

It can be difficult and frightening to accept that there is something wrong. It’s hard to take the first steps to seek help. If you think that you or someone you care about is not coping, it is important to talk with a professional you trust. Your local doctor is a good first point of call and can help you determine if there is a problem and what the best approach might be.

A number of support services are available to all Australian Defence Force personnel, veterans and their families. These services allow you to speak to someone who is experienced in issues relating to military service.

Services include:

  • Crisis and Emergencies – For any crisis, including medical emergencies, call 000.
  • Australian Defence Force (ADF) All Hours Support Line – call 1800 628 036 for 24-hour counselling and support. This service is available to all ADF members and their families.
  • Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling – call 1800 011 046 for 24-hour Australia-wide counselling and support. This service is available to all veterans and their families.
  • The Defence Family Helpline – call 1800 624 608 for 24-hour support, information and help in connecting with your local community.
  • Lifeline – call 13 11 14 for free, 24-hour Australia-wide crisis support and suicide prevention services.
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) – 1800 555 254. DVA exists to meet the Nation’s commitment to care for our veteran and defence service community. DVA do this through programs of care, compensation, commemoration, income support and Defence support services. DVA’s aim is to ensure enhanced self-sufficiency, quality of life, financial wellbeing and community recognition for those they support. This service is available Monday to Friday during business hours.
  • The Jamie Larcombe Centre – call 1300 043 175. The centre provides mental health and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) services to veterans at the Glenside Health Service Campus.
  • Statewide Veterans’ Health Advocate – call 7087 1387. The Veterans’ Health Advocate provides a single point of contact for veterans and their families in regard to public health services, hospitals and health information in South Australia. This service is available Monday to Friday during business hours.

Information courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs “At Ease” program. Further valuable information can be found at https://at-ease.dva.gov.au/

Read about RSL Care SA’s Andrew Russell Veteran Living program and how we are helping contemporary veterans in need of transit accommodation.

The Janus Keys

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The Janus Approach is a philosophy of care, specific to RSL Care SA, that acknowledges residents are unique individuals, who have a variety of personal needs and preferences. In order to deliver the Janus Approach at RSL Care SA, we have identified speciality areas of care provision which are addressed through the ‘Janus Keys’. The leader for each respective ‘key’ is accountable for maintaining current evidenced based practice and applying this in the performance monitoring of care delivery to the residents of RSL Care SA. We currently have six Janus Keys and have intentionally designed this model so that as the approach matures and the needs of residents’ change, additional ‘keys’ can be added.

DIGNITY AND PERSON CENTRED CARE

“To me it is important to have the same routine I would have if I still lived in my own home… I like to read the paper with a coffee in the morning before I start my day”

Margaret, War Veterans Home Resident

The Janus Approach ensures that a comprehensive life history or “Life Story” is gathered for each resident in partnership with the resident and families who wish to be involved. From this life story and with resident and family collaboration, staff are able to determine what quality of life means to each resident. Life stories are taken by staff who have received specific training in this area of assessment and are generally conducted over several weeks as a relationship of trust is built with the individual resident (or family). Dignity for each resident is promoted through an understanding of their individualised goals of care, personal preferences and individual ‘life story’. Staff are assisted to familiarise themselves with these ‘life stories’ in order to deliver the appropriate care as well as adhere to RSL Care SA principles of dignity. These principles were developed in partnership with residents, representatives, floor staff, management and board of RSL Care SA.

MEANINGFUL AND ENGAGING PROGRAMS

“The thing I notice the most is the attention to detail given to the recreational opportunities offered. The staff always put in a big effort to make events special for us”

Kath, RSL Villas Resident

The Janus Approach recognises the need for social and leisure time programs as an integral part of daily living, however programs should have purpose through enhancing and strengthening the physical and psycho-social capabilities of the resident and increasing self-esteem and self-worth. Through this Janus Key we ensure that residents have a wellbeing program that is designed to promote each resident’s independence consistent with individual abilities and wishes, thereby promoting dignity and self-respect. Residents have the choice and opportunity to participate, or not, in programs and to change their mind regarding their preferences. Programs may be active or passive, formal or spontaneous according to the requirements of the individual. They may be provided for a group of residents with common interests, or for an individual to support their own personal interests and abilities.

SPIRITUAL CARE AND CONNECTEDNESS

“Spirituality is a very important part of my life. I believe that there is something in all of us that knows more than we do, and if we follow that line, we will be safe”.

Robert, War Veterans Home Resident

The Janus Approach recognises that all residents have spiritual needs which may not always be based on religious belief or lack of belief. Spirituality is the way we seek and express meaning and purpose; the way we experience our connection to the moment, self, others, our work and the significant or sacred. (Meaningful Ageing Australia 2014). This Janus Key recognises that the need for spiritual comfort can vary along an individual’s life journey. Needs can change when a resident is faced with emotional challenges and significant sense of loss, which can be associated with a move to a new environment, changed circumstance or adjusting to life in an aged care setting. Staff gain an understanding of what spirituality means for each individual and support resident’s spiritual care needs. These also include cultural practices, customs and rituals that residents have undertaken throughout their life and are not isolated to a country of birth

MENTAL HEALTH

“Mental health is important to maintain and improve upon for our residents because it underpins their overall wellbeing, social interactions, and ability to live out a happy and meaningful life”

Kane, Veteran Support Officer

Mental health illness and disorders are as important as physical care needs and often have as great an impact on physical and social wellbeing. Some examples of mental health conditions experienced by residents within RSL Care SA are depression, anxiety and confusion. These can be suffered by any resident at any time, and individuals respond differently to these conditions and staff work with residents and families to support residents diagnosed with these conditions, ensuring that all staff are aware of how to support residents to achieve the best outcome in-line with the resident’s goals of care.

SEXUALITY AND INTIMACY

“The opposite of Loneliness is not Togetherness , It’s Intimacy”

Richard Bach, Author

The Janus Approach recognises that the need for love, affection, physical closeness and contact continues throughout life, including for residents who are living within an aged care setting. People living in an aged care facility will often still have sexual desires and be capable of acting on those desires, as well as having a need to express themselves sexually, however, this may be difficult for residents to disclose as it has always been a topic kept private or only shared with people they trust. As part of this Janus Key and an individual resident’s quality of life, it is also important to understand the level of intimacy they need or desire. Support to achieve emotional connection and intimacy at any level are developed with the resident (or family), to support each individual resident’s need for intimacy and sexual expression in whichever form this may take.

PALLIATIVE APPROACH

“Good Palliative Care is about quality of life for those living with a life limiting or terminal illness. It is about helping a person to be as comfortable as they can, so they can live as well as possible. “Leaves grow old gracefully, bring such joy in their last lingering days. How vibrant and bright is their final flurry of life.” (by Karen Gibbs)”

Lynne, Palliative Approach Advocate

The Janus Approach adheres to the Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care (2005). This approach ensures that residents with life limiting illnesses are afforded quality of life throughout their journey within the residential aged care setting. This Janus Key affirms life and respects dying as a normal process. It neither hastens nor postpones death, but rather aims to enhance the quality of life whilst also positively influencing the course of the illness. This Janus Key also recognises that there are three very distinct phases of palliation (greater than 6 months to live, less than 6 months to live, and end of life approaching within a week) and ensures that within each phase the resident is provided with:

  • Autonomy, dignity, comfort and respect
  • Honest, open discussion about conditions and treatment options
  • Access to any available evidence-based treatment options
  • Effective management of pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Quality of life, as defined by them, in the circumstances
  • Assurance that any cultural or spiritual wishes will be upheld
  • Access to the people they wish to be present

Our staff will meet with residents and families on admission and throughout their admission period to ensure that staff and families have a sound understanding of the type of care the residents wishes to be delivered at each stage of palliation.

72 Bed Licenses obtained for Murray Bridge

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Residential aged care in Murray Bridge

72 Bed Licences obtained in the latest Aged Care Allocation Round (ACAR)

At the end of 2017, RSL Care SA purchased the Waterford Estate Retirement Village in Murray Bridge. The seamless transition has seen residents and staff at Waterford quickly become part of our RSL Care SA family.

Part of the Waterford Estate acquisition, was a large block of vacant land on the site. Board and management viewed this as an opportunity to increase our residential aged care offerings, while providing a much needed service to the Murray Bridge community.

Our vision became viable when the government announced an Aged Care Allocation Round (ACAR) late in 2018. This meant residential aged care facilities could apply for additional bed licences. Traditionally ACAR rounds have been very competitive with only a select number of bed licences released. In fact, RSL Care SA was unsuccessful in obtaining additional licences through this process in a previous round.

So, it is with great pleasure that we advise of our success in securing 72 new bed licences for our organisation. Our intent is to build a brand new Residential Aged Care facility on the vacant land at Waterford Estate (subject to the necessary council approvals).

RSL Care SA Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Klinge will be conducting several community forums in Murray Bridge in the near future to discuss our plans. The details of these meetings will be announced in due course, however if you have any queries in the interim, please do not hesitate to call our Corporate Office on 08 8379 2600.

Residents of RSL Care SA Answer Questions about their Early Life through Art

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A personal project by a year 9 student from Immanuel College

RSL Care SA was thrilled when Immanuel College year 9 student, Alina, asked to interview residents at the War Veterans Home for her Personal Project. Alina used her project to identify to her classmates the importance of respecting our elderly and recognising the lives they have lived and the history they can teach us. Alina achieved this by asking the residents questions about their lives as young men and women, giving them the opportunity to use art to express their stories.

Thank you for sharing your project with us Alina, you did a great job!

Occupational Therapy Australia Week

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October the 21st to 27th  is Occupational Therapy Australia Week, to coincide with World Occupation Therapy Day on Sunday the 27th of October

At RSL Care SA we are very excited to have a full time Occupational Therapist (OT) on our staff. Working closely with the Physiotherapists, Veteran Support Officer and Wellbeing department, our OT allows us to respond to the individual needs and preferences of our residents by delivering a range of tailored activities and services. This has allowed us to further explore the services we can offer to veterans living with PTSD, specifically the younger generation of Vietnam veterans who are now beginning to access residential aged care.

What is an OT?

Occupational Therapists are qualified health professionals who facilitate people of all ages and abilities to participate in activities that will allow them to live fulfilling lives. OT’s are client-centred and use ongoing assessments and observations to understand what is important to their client and what difficulties they may be facing that prevents them from participating in occupations of every day life. With the use of therapeutic activities, strategies, adaptions and/or equipment, OT’s will then work with the client to help them achieve their goals. This may include facilitating changes to the clients environment to make life easier and safer (e.g. have a pipe for a ball ramp so residents with limited arm movement can still play bowls). OT’s can also instruct direct care workers about how to safely support a person and respect their preferences in daily life. Essentially, OT’s work with people who, for whatever reason (physically, mentally, emotionally or environmentally), are having difficulties doing what need or want to enjoy life.

At RSL Care SA, our Occupational Therapist works as part of the Wellbeing Team to enable, facilitate and support the residents’ access to tasks and activities they wish to engage in. Working closely with the Physiotherapy department, our OT helps residents to balance abilities and task demands to help them maintain their independence while ensuring all care needs are met. Our OT also works with nursing and care staff in our Memory Support Unit to help residents adapt to their new lifestyle.

OT week activities

This years OT week theme is “Celebrating our global community” and we have lots of activities happening at both of our Residential Aged Care sites:

  • The Pick-Up-Stick challenge will teach residents new skills and ways to use helpful gadgets and aids
  • A ‘Tech Education’ session will help to advise and orientate residents to their technological gadgets
  • The 2018 Invictus Games are very fittingly being held on the same week as OT week! our residents will be watching and supporting the Invictus Games, learning about what the games are all about, how the athletes have adapted their performance to their unique and individual needs to reach their goals, and participating in a few adapted games themselves!

For further information about OT week and the OT profession  please visit the following links:

https://www.otaus.com.au/promotions-media/ot-week

http://aboutoccupationaltherapy.com.au/

Understanding Residential Aged Care Fees and Charges

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Residential Aged Care fees vary depending on an individual’s assets and income. RSL Care SA offers a number of accommodation options across all facilities, from platinum single rooms with private ensuits to share rooms with an ensuite. Accommodation fees vary depending on the accommodation type.

To ensure prospective residents with low assets and income are not disadvantaged from being offered permanent placement, accredited aged care facilities must reserve a percentage of their beds for ‘low means’ residents.

Asset and Income Assessment and Thresholds

Residents who are eligible to receive subsidised aged care fees are required to submit an Asset and Income Assessment to the Department of Human Services (Centrelink). Please see below for current asset and income threshold levels and the applicable fees:

ASSET & INCOME FREE THRESHOLD – Low Means Resident

Assets between $0.00 and $49,000, and Income below $26,985.40

  • Basic Daily Care Fee only
FIRST ASSET & INCOME THRESHOLD – Low Means Resident

Assets between $49,000 and $166,707.20, and income below $52,036.40

  • Basic Daily Care Fee
  • Accommodation Contribution
ABOVE FIRST ASSET & INCOME THRESHOLD – Financial Resident

Assets above $166,707.20 and income above $52,036.40

  • Basic Daily Care Fee
  • Accommodation Payment
  • Means Tested Care Fee

Figures shown reflect the Department of Health ‘Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care’ from 1 January 2019.

Fees and charges explained

BASIC DAILY CARE FEE

The Basic Daily Care Fee (BDCF) is paid by everyone. It is set by the Commonwealth Government and is approximately 85% of the single Aged Pension. The BDCF covers all living expenses and contributes to the costs of other services such as meals, personal care, recreation activities, laundry, cleaning and nursing care

Current daily rate $50.66

MEANS TESTED CARE FEE

The Means Tested Care Fee (MTCF) is paid by residents who exceed the government’s first assets and income threshold. As the BDCF does not cover 100% of the costs incurred by an aged care facility in providing its services, residents who are deemed to have the financial means are required to contribute more towards the cost of their own care. The MTCF varies depending on the asset and income level of the resident.

Current maximum daily rate $216.59                  Annual Cap $27,232.33                   Lifetime Cap $65,357.65

ACCOMMODATION CONTRIBUTION

The Accommodation Contribution is paid by Low Means residents only. It is reviewed quarterly and is subject to change; however a resident will not be required to pay more than what is advised from their asset and income testing. The facility has restrictions on how much it may charge based on its Low Means resident ratio and whether or not the facility is newly refurbished. The Accommodation Contribution may be paid as a lump sun equivalent, known as a Refundable Accommodation Contribution, which is 100% refundable.

Current maximum daily rate $56.59

ACCOMMODATION PAYMENT

The Accommodation Payment is paid by financial residents only. The price is set by the facility in accordance with government provisions and is nonnegotiable. RSL Care SA offers a range of accommodation prices:

War Veterans’ Home                                                                                 RSL Villas

$225,000 – Double shared with ensuite                                            $350,000 – Premium private single with ensuite

$275,000 – Standard private single with ensuite

$450,000 – Premium private single with ensuite

$550,000 – Platinum private single with Ensuite

There are three accommodation payment options to consider:

1. Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD)

The RAD option means paying the accommodation payment to the facility as a lump sum. RAD payments are 100% refundable and government guaranteed. RAD payments are invested securely by RSL Care SA and the interest received is used to cover accommodation costs.

2. Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP)

A DAP is when the accommodation payment is paid on a periodic basis (monthly). It is calculated as a daily payment by applying the government’s maximum permissible interest rate (MPIR) to the Accommodation Payment.

Current MPIR = 5.94%

3. Combination of both RAD and DAP

It is possible to combine the RAD and DAP payment options. The DAP will be calculated on the unpaid portion of the RAD. It is also possible for the DAP to be withdrawn from the RAD payment.

What Is Right For Me?

Moving into residential aged care is an important life decision and each person is coming from their own unique circumstances. For this reason, RSL Care SA is unable to give financial advice or provide specific guidance as to which option may be right for you.  We strongly encourage you to seek independent financial advice to ensure you choose the right option for your circumstances.

Please contact our Admissions Team on 8379 2600 for more information, or to book a private tour of our aged care facilities.
To place your name on our residential aged care waiting list, please complete our Application Form

Thank you for your donations

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Thank you to all who donate time, money or items to the various causes of RSL Care SA. Your generosity truly makes a difference to the lives of all those who access our accommodation and services. Check out some of the amazing support we have received below:

Shane McGrath and the Bowhill Progress Association

 

On Friday 27th July, ARVL program manager Ben Challinor attended the official opening of the Bowhill Kayak Fishing competition, where he was presented with a cheque for $2,500 by Shane McGrath and the Bowhill Progress Association. This is the second year Shane and the wonderful team of people within the Bowhill community have chosen to support our ARVL program, which provides emergency accommodation for homeless veterans, or those at risk of homelessness. We extend our thanks and gratitude to this wonderful team of people and wish them ‘tight lines’ for the competition!

Vietnam Veterans’ Federation (SA Branch) Quilting Group

 

We are very grateful for the generous donation we received from the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation SA Branch for our emergency housing program, Andrew Russel Veteran Living (ARVL). The lovely ladies from the Quilting Group donated 25 hand made quilts as gifts to contemporary veterans who come into our care through the ARVL program. The quilts were presented to CEO, Nathan Klinge at a morning tea on Monday June the 18th. Andrew Russell is the fallen soldier that ARVL is named in memory of, and RSL Care SA has developed a very special relationship with his parents, Bob and Jan. Bob himself is a Vietnam Veteran, so it was very fitting that they also attended the morning tea. Thanks again VVF Quilting Group!

PTSD: Mastering the Murray

Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL) was lucky to be the chosen charity of three ex-service men who kayaked the length of the Murray River to raise awareness of PTSD and veteran homelessness. The lengthy trip embarked on Saturday the 4th of March 2017 at Hovell Tree Park in Albury, NSW. The men hoped to kayak all the way to the Murray Mouth in South Australia in three months. Unfortunately they have been met with a few unexpected hiccups, but true to the veteran nature they will persevere and hope to finish what they started in 2018! Nevertheless, they presented a huge donation of $2,920 to the ARVL program. These funds will go a long way in helping RSL Care SA support contemporary veterans who are suffering from homelessness, PTSD and physical injuries; all issues that hit close to home for these fellow war veterans. Thanks again guys! We look forward to hearing of your completed journey!

Check out their Facebook page and show them your support: PTSD: Mastering the Murray

Adelaide Women’s Prison

CEO, Nathan Klinge, was invited to a morning tea at the Adelaide Women’s Prison on the 15th of June where he was presented with handmade knitted items for the residents in our care. Pictured is just a few of the many scarves, hats, gloves and headbands that were gifted. Thank you!

Keith’s old Magna

A big thank you to Keith Harrison for donating his old Mitsubishi Magna to assist the homeless veterans in our ARVL program! Keith first donated his vehicle to Workskil, which is an amazing organisation that provides unemployed people with hands on experience (for free) to learn valuable skills that will help them gain employment. After being overhauled through the Worksil Salisbury Workshop, the reconditioned vehicle was then donated to RSL Care SA to assist our ARVL program manager to transport veterans in need. What a great initiative by Keith to first provide a learning opportunity to those struggling with unemployment, before then helping out those at risk of homelessness. Thank you again!

RSL Care SA is a registered Public Benevolent Institution. All donations made to RSL Care SA go directly to the indented program. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Serving those who served

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RSL Care SA is privileged to share the extraordinary military experiences, stories and recollections of some of our veteran residents.

It is always a privilege to have ex-service men and women access temporary or permanent accommodation through RSL Care SA. Our Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL) program offers emergency and affordable housing accommodation options to contemporary veterans, while our Retirement Living and Residential Aged Care facilities offer accommodation to the elderly.

We are in a unique position to hear so many different stories about our residents military experiences. We think it’s important to share these stories with others as a reminder to be thankful for the freedom we experience today because of the ongoing service of others. We will be adding to this post regularly and hope you enjoy learning about our veterans as much as we do!

Flying Officer, Alex McKinnon

Alex enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in September 1941 at the age of 18. His initial training was at Fort Breckan Victor Harbor in the same intake as Keith Miller the famous Australian cricketer. Further training took place on Prince Edward Island Canada before being shipped to Brighton in the UK. After a short time in the UK, Alex was shipped to the Middle East where he was assigned as a Navigator to RAAF 459 Squadron. This squadron was located at an airbase called El Berka just out of Benghazi in Libya. Alex (Navigator) and three other crew members (Pilot, Wireless Operator and Gunner) flew Baltimore Bomber aircraft over the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas bombing German shipping and supplies as well as missions to Rhodes and Crete. In total Alex flew 28 sorties with 176.5 hours of flying.

Alex returned to Australia at the completion of the War as a Flying Officer, achieving the following Honours and Awards: 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Australian Service Medal 1939-45, Returned from Active Service Badge.

 

Squadron Leader, Murray ‘Lyne’ Skinner

Lyne enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on the 5th of December 1940 at the young age of 19, accompanied by his older brother John. After some initial training in Pearce and Cunderdin in Western Australia, Lyne was singled out as a pilot and sent to Sommertown on Prince Edward Island in Canada for the next stage of training, which would ensure he was at the standard level required for the Operational Training Unit in England. Lyne finished his training in the United Kingdom in Wiltshire, Chivenor and Devon.

Lyne’s first operation, as leading Aircraftman, was on the 14th of May 1942.  While it was quite an uneventful mission (unexpectedly cut short), it did not foretell the many hours of flying and ‘heart stopping’ moments that were to come. Lyne had several postings across the United Kingdom, the Western Desert in Egypt, Malta and Italy.  His missions included submarine operations, enemy patrols, dinghy searches, reconnaissance, navigation and even a mine laying operation! While Lyne flew many aircraft’s during his time in the RAAF, his favourite by far was the Spitfire.

Lyne’s last posting was with RAF 683 Squadron based at Stan Severa, Italy. In 1945 he was discharged as Squadron Leader, having achieved a whopping 1,114 hours (and 35 minutes) of flying.

Sadly, Lyne’s brother John was killed in a Blenheim crash in Kenya in 1941, never to return home.

Read the full account of Lyne’s service history on the Flight Publishing website at the following link (pages 28 to 39) http://www.raafa.org.au/sites/default/files/Wings%20Winter18-V2.pdf

 

Flying Officer, Colin Watt OAM, DFM

Colin Watt OAM DFM flew Lancaster aircraft with Bomber Command in WWII. Colin completed 25 missions totaling over 170 flight hours and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for his extraordinary service in exceptionally trying circumstances. Only three of the 14 pilots Colin trained with survived the war. The below photo was taken on the 29th of September 1942, with Colin flying the lead aircraft! Sadly, the two planes accompanying him were shot down shortly after this photo was captured.

 

Colonel Donald Beard AM, RFD, ED (Ret’d)

After completing his medical degree Donald Beard volunteered as a Medical Officer in the Army in 1949 serving in Japan and treating evacuated soldiers from Korea with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. Donald Beard was due to return to Australia on the 27th June 1950, but 4 days before his departure he was recall to his base unit where he reluctantly volunteered to serve in Korea. He served as Regimental Medical Officer during the famous 3rd Battalion (Old Faithful) in the Battle of Kapyong. The Battle of Kapyong involved a 15,000-strong Chinese division attacking the Australian, British and Canadian Battalions and the New Zealand 16th Field Regiment in two days and nights of fierce fighting near Seoul. Donald returned to Australia in December of 1951.

Donald was chosen as a member of the Australian contingent to attend and march in the coronation service of the Queen Elizabeth II in London on 2 June 1953. Part of a world goodwill tour lasting 5 months. In 1968, Donald again found himself serving in a war zone at Vung Tau Base, Vietnam. Donald had a long and distinguished career as a Doctor which included being the medical officer for the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). Donald’s extraordinary life has been documented by Ashley Mallett in the Wakefield Press book called ‘The Diggers’ Doctor, the Fortunate Life of Col. Donald Beard AM, RFD, ED (Ret’d)’. Donald very kindly signed 2 copies of his book while he was with us for 5 weeks of respite in August 2017. We look forward to having him back later this year!

 

 

Applying for an ACAT Assessment

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Accessing Residential Aged Care

RSL Care SA has two government funded residential aged care (nursing home) facilities; the War Veterans Home in Myrtle Bank, and RSL Villas in Angle Park. To access government funded services, such as respite and permanent care, you must first be approved for aged care by the Australian Government’s Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).

ACAT assessors are qualified professionals such as nurses and social workers. An ACAT can provide approvals for residential respite care, permanent residential care, and home care services. Depending on the types of services that are needed, ACAT will either conduct an interview over the phone, or will arrange a time to meet with the client in their own home.

Register for an ACAT assessment

ACAT’s are managed through the Australian government’s My Aged Care. There are three ways to register for an ACAT Assessment:

  • Phone – Please call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 and speak with a representative
  • Online – Please visit the following link to make a referral online https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/referral
  • GP – your GP or health care professional can provide a referral for an ACAT

ACAT assessments are FREE and a My Aged Care Client Record will be created. The initial referral can be made by anyone, however the person who the assessment is for will need to give their consent if a representative is required throughout the entire assessment process.

If you would like help in making a referral, please call RSL Care SA on 8379 2600 and a member of our admissions team will be happy to submit an online referral on your behalf. Your assessment results will not be provided to an organisation without your approval.

Many people have ACAT assessments done for peace of mind should there be a sudden change in their health or care needs. If you decide to apply for an ACAT assessment, there is no requirement to use the services that you have been approved for.

The ACAT Assessment process

  • Make a referral (online or over the phone)
  • ACAT will call the nominated contact person and arrange a time to conduct a short phone interview to assess the clients eligibility to access aged care services
  • During the initial phone interview ACAT will ask for details of the clients medicare card number and GP. The client will need to be available at the phone interview to give consent for a representative to speak on their behalf
  • At the conclusion of the phone interview ACAT will arrange a time for a formal assessment to take place in the clients own home
  • At the home interview ACAT will ask lots of questions about the clients health, care needs and other concerns. Learn more about what happens during an ACAT assessment here
  • Assessment results are usually processed within a few days (this can be done more quickly if the matter is urgent) and a letter will be sent to the client with information on the services they now have access to

The Aged Care Assessment Team can arrange for an urgent assessment for those who need it. Otherwise the entire assessment process usually takes about two-three weeks.

What’s Next?

To be offered a respite or permanent bed at an Aged Care Facility, or to be placed on a waiting list, the facility will usually ask to see a copy of the ACAT assessment. This is also known as a ‘My Support Plan’.  At the back of the My Support Plan are referral codes that relate to each of the services a person has been approved for. Aged Care facilities can look up the My Support Plan online using these codes.

If you have had your ACAT assessment and would like to be placed on RSL Care SA’s residential aged care waiting list, please complete our application form here.

Our Admissions team are always happy to answer any queries you may have regarding ACAT assessments or care options, so please feel free to call (08) 8379 2600 during office hours – Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

RSL Care SA Enrolled Nurse Wins SA Health Excellence Award

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SA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards

The South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards (Awards) recognise and acknowledge the significant contribution that nurses and midwives make to their professions and the wider community through their practice.

The Awards are firmly focused on recognising excellence in practice of all nurses and midwives and the significant contribution they make to their professions, their teams and to the community through their practice, leadership and research endeavours. The Awards are open to all Nurses and Midwives practicing in South Australia.

The awards event was held Friday 11th May at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, on the eve of International Nurses Day, with approximately 450 people celebrating the achievements of nurses and midwives across the state. It is with absolute joy that we celebrate the fantastic achievement of our Enrolled Nurse, Kylie Booth, who won the 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for Enrolled Nursing – South Australia. Kylie is truly deserving of this award. Her practice and the passionate nurse she is speaks unquestionably to this achievement. Congratulations Kylie!

Awards such as this reinforce the quality of our employees. Chief Operating Officer, Kellie Whelan, says “Nathan (Chief Executive Officer) and I are humbled that an organisation of our size is able to mentor, develop and advance it’s staff in many different and unique ways. This ability allows us to attract and retain the quality of staff we do, which further enhances the quality of life of our residents”.

International Nurse Day

While we recognise the many contributions that nurses make to our society, we also wish to celebrate all those who work alongside our nurses. Without each member of the team playing their part, we could not deliver the holistic care that we strive to provide to our residents. So in honour of International Nurses Day, we want to thank all of our staff for the work they do in providing or supporting the nursing and care profession.

About us

RSL Care SA believes that the ex-service community deserves the best care and affordable accommodation. RSL Care SA is an independently constituted not for profit organisation with links to the Returned & Services League of Australia (SA Branch).

Our mission is to support veterans and their dependents, although the ex-service community are our primary client group it is not exclusively so. The facilities and services are also available to the broader community.

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