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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

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!

 

 

ANZAC Day 2018

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RSL Care SA Anzac Day 2018

Anzac Day 2018 Dawn Service

Every ANZAC Day Dawn Service is special and significant at RSL Care SA, and Anzac Day 2018 is certainly no different.

At 6am on Wednesday 25th April, the War Veterans Home will once again be conducting an ANZAC Day Dawn Service which is open to the community, followed by a gun-fire breakfast in the park for those in attendance.

Students from Immanuel College will be attending the ANZAC Day Dawn Service as part of a collaborative art project that the students created themed on ‘Soldiers coming home from war’. The two large panels the students created will be on display during the Dawn service and will be installed within the grounds of the Home afterwards, as a visual gateway for the new discovery path being developed.

Poppy Wall of Remembrance

The poppy Wall of Remembrance has commenced on the front fence of the War Veterans Home along Ferguson Avenue. This year the Wall of Remembrance was started by a group of children from Bertram Hawker kindergarten along with a group of our War Veterans Home residents. The Wall of Remembrance will be in place for the month of April, so if you’re in the neighbourhood or going past, please take a moment to place a poppy on the wall in remembrance for those men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.

An ANZAC Service will also be conducted at the RSL Villas at Angle Park, however, due to renovations and building works occurring, it will be an intimate Anzac service held on Tuesday the 24th of April for residents, families and staff.

The War Veterans Home has a rich history of over 100 years. Find out more about our organisation and the history here

Would you like more information? Call us on 08 8379 2600.

Low Means Residents Welcome at RSL Care SA

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Did you know that RSL Care SA reserves 40% of permanent residential aged care accommodation for residents with low means?

Residential Aged Care fees vary depending on an individual’s assets and income. 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. At RSL Care SA we aim to keep our low means resident ratio at 40%, giving special preference to veterans and their families.

There are two different asset levels a resident can fall under to qualify as low means:

Asset Free Threshold

Currently set at $47,500, residents with assets under this threshold will be required to pay a;

  • Basic Daily Care Fee

First Asset Threshold

Currently set at $162,815.20, residents with assets under this threshold will be required to pay;

  • Basic Daily Care Fee
  • Accommodation Contribution

The Basic Daily Care Fee

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

Accommodation Contribution

This fee varies depending on the resident’s asset level. It is reviewed quarterly and is subject to change. At both the War Veterans Home and RSL Villas, as at 20 September 2017, the maximum a resident can be asked to pay for an Accommodation Contribution is $36.13 per day.

All rooms at RSL Care SA facilities are single rooms with private ensuite. Please contact our Admissions Coordinator for more information, or to book a private tour.
To place your name on our residential aged care waiting list, please complete our Application Form

Click on the links below for more information on;

Residential Aged Care

War Veterans Home

RSL Villas

Figures shown reflect the Department of Health ‘Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care‘ from 20 September 2017

2017 Better Practice Award Presentation

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2017 Better Practice Award

RSL Care SA receives the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency ‘Better Practice 2017 Commendation Award’

Today staff and residents were thrilled to welcome Ms Philomena Mitolo, Assistant Director SA/NT of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA), to present RSL Care SA with the ‘2017 Better Practice Award’ trophy and certificate for the ‘Social Connectedness for Mental Wellbeing’ program. Every year there are 37 Better Practice Awards presented nationally and RSL Care SA is proud to be one of only five awarded in South Australia.

Social Connectedness for Mental Wellbeing

Our ‘Social Connectedness for Mental Wellbeing’ program was developed in response to an increasing number of post-World War Two veterans entering aged care that have experienced, and continue to experience, complex mental health diagnosis and/or substance abuse issues along with secondary co-morbidities associated with their service. The significant age difference between existing residents from the silent generation and the incoming baby boomers (currently aged 67-74) results in difficulty assimilating when seeking social support. Lifestyle activities are traditionally tailored toward the silent generation resulting in the incoming baby boomers feeling “left out” of activities relevant to them. This emerging need has been particularly highlighted from within our organisation, due to the prevalence of complex mental health conditions within this cohort.

Mental Health Services

Working closely with mental health services within SA Health, the opportunity to develop a community based day program to support existing residents, residents from other facilities, and potential residents, with their mental health became apparent. At the time of inception, there were limited community engagement options available where residents could increase and strengthen their social support networks in an environment that valued their individual and collective experiences. In response to this identified need, our organisation set about developing a proactive approach in supporting this emerging cohort of veterans with their mental health, through a purposeful social engagement program that sought to reap benefits from the existing sense of identity and belonging that these residents feel towards their service.

The social program is open to residents of our organisation, including veterans living in other aged care facilities, as well as members of the general community who require mental health or social inclusion support. The community mental health support may be accessed through either in-patient or out-patient services within sectors of SA Health’s mental health services. Particularly for outpatients who require admission to residential care in the near future. The social program occurs weekly and includes visiting guests, usually over a lunch that enables the gathering to remain relaxed and open. Over the course of the week there are many informal gatherings and activities that have now arisen as a result of this program. Participants are supported to develop social connectedness with their peers and are encouraged to continue the development of these relationships outside of the social group formalised gatherings. Residents are developing relationships within the program, and are now more engaged and willing to participate in choices that will enhance their mental wellbeing. We provide access to healthy choices, as well as providing positive support for other co-morbidities they have.

We are immensely proud of the positive impact this program has had on the lives of our residents.

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Winners in the ACSA Excellence Awards 2017

  • John Dennis, Winner of ACSA Volunteer Award 2017

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ACSA Excellence Awards 2017

Congratulations go to our wonderful long serving volunteer, John Dennis OAM and Enrolled Nurse, Julie Chapman. John and Julie were finalists in the Volunteer and Employee categories. The ACSA Excellence Awards 2017 were held on Friday 23rd June at the National Wine Centre.

RSL Care SA volunteer John Dennis won the Volunteer category of the Awards. John has been a volunteer at our War Veterans Home site in Myrtle Bank for the past 16 years, and John has positively impacted the lives of many of our residents and staff. This impact led to his nomination for an Order of Australia, which he received in 2016. John’s commitment and dedication is outstanding. He is a very worthy recipient of the Award.

Julie did not win the Employee Award, but Julie’s nomination testifies to the great care taken in her work with our residents. Julie also volunteers her time to assist with our weekly Vietnam Veterans Social program. She directly contributes to improving the health and wellbeing outcomes for this cohort of residents.

Well done John and Julie!! We are very proud of you both.

Well done to all the nominees for their hard work, care and devotion.

The ACSA Excellence Awards

The Aged and Community Services Association Awards promote and recognise excellence in a range of areas that contribute to the quality of life of older people, people with disabilities and/or their carers.

To see a complete list of nominees and winners check out ACS SA & NT Awards for Excellence

Volunteering at RSL Care SA

Have you considered volunteering at a not for profit organisation? We would like to hear from you. Find out more information about volunteering at RSL Care SA here.

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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