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Retirement Living extends to regional South Australia with acquisition of Waterford Estate in Murray Bridge

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RSL Care SA has acquired Waterford Estate in Murray Bridge.

Waterford Estate in Murray Bridge is a picturesque retirement village overlooking the Murray River approximately 50 minutes from Adelaide.

The village consists of:

  • 133 homes
  • Large Community and Function Centre
  • parking area for caravans
  • 2.5 acres of wetlands and walking trails
  • a vibrant community of active and welcoming residents.

Waterford Estate is located along side the River Murray and has developed from farming land 20 years ago, to a vibrant and lively community of approximately 200 residents. There is a parcel of vacant land within the village which will provide RSL Care SA with future growth opportunities. It has not yet been determined what use the land will have at this stage, RSL Care SA will be looking to explore various options in the coming months.

CEO, Nathan Klinge said “many of the residents I’ve spoken with are very pleased to see ownership of the village transfer to RSL Care SA, as they not only regard the mission and values of RSL Care SA highly, but they are also reassured by our position as not for profit operator that has been around for over 100 years”.

RSL Care SA welcomes Waterford Estate residents and staff to the RSL Care SA community, and we are particularly delighted to be developing these new relationships in such an important regional centre for South Australia.

RSL Care SA Retirement Living Villages

RSL Care SA has 3 other retirement living villages located in: Myrtle Bank, Glengowrie and Marion. For more information on Living in Good Company with RSL Care SA, phone 8379 2600.

RSL Care SA Life Membership awarded to Dennis Chamberlain

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RSL Care SA Life Membership awarded

RSL Care SA Life Membership awarded to Dennis Chamberlain for his outstanding contribution and dedication to our organisation. Dennis served on the Board of RSL Care SA from 2013 to 2016, as a director with  specialist aged care knowledge.

In addition to Dennis’ time on the RSL Care SA board, his life membership also recognises his time as CEO of James Brown Memorial Trust, an organisation that delivers aged services through residential aged care and retirement living. During Dennis’ time as CEO, James Brown Memorial Trust managed the day to day operations of the RSL Villas aged care facility and was instrumental in the successful merger of the RSL Villas operations and assets to RSL Care SA.

Dennis has also served as a Board member of not for profit Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) for a number of years and held the position of State Chairman.

RSL Care SA is an extremely well governed and trusted not for profit which is due to the expertise, tireless dedication and numerous years of experience that our volunteer board members bring to the organisation. We extend our thanks to Dennis, and to all our past and present Board members for their dedication and commitment to RSL Care SA.

Get Involved with RSL Care SA

Please see below for information on how you can be involved in the wonderful work RSL Care SA does.

Volunteering with RSL Care SA

Volunteers are highly valued and welcomed at RSL Care SA. To enquire about volunteering, please contact us here or phone 08 8379 2600.

Read about one of our volunteers who was recently honoured with an Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) Excellence Award here.

Donate Online to RSL Care SA

All donations to RSL Care SA over $2 are tax deductible and gratefully received. Donations help us to continue providing care and assistance to many senior Australians as well as contemporary veterans. Please click here to donate now.

Anzac Day Services 2017

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Anzac Day Services 2017

Both War Veterans Home and the RSL Villas conducted Anzac Day Services 2017.

RSL Villas held their Anzac service on Monday 24th April which was well attended by residents, staff and volunteers. Thanks to everyone involved in organising the service, the West Croydon Singers, Graham Nybo, Liz Lees and John Martin.

The War Veterans Home conducted a very special 100th Dawn Service on Anzac Day, which again was extremely well attended by residents, staff, volunteers and the local community. Our thanks to Pastor Glenn Clark, Bugler David Lang, Australian Air Force Cadets SQN 617 Unley, Burnside Youth Concert Band, Nick Atkins, Lew Harman, Valentine Starkey and the many volunteers and staff that assisted leading up to, and on Anzac Day.

Lest we Forget

Support for Trojans Trek

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Luncheon in Support for Trojans Trek

On Thursday 11th May, RSL Care SA hosted a networking Luncheon in support for Trojans Trek where RSL Care SA Chair, Loretta Byers presented a cheque for $10,000 to Lieutenant Colonel Moose Dunlop OAM (Retd) from Trojans Trek in support of their veteran programs.

What is Trojans Trek?

Trojan’s Trek plan, conduct and evaluate wilderness based peer support interventions to assist service and ex-service personnel, adversely affected by their service. Trojan’s Trek is the only Australian evidence-based peer to peer therapy for ex-service people. Research shows the programs have a lasting effect on lifestyle long after leaving the trek.

As Trojans Trek state on their website, the trek is a trek in name only. The journey is not physical, it is more in the mind than skeletal. The approach taken by Trojans Trek is that it is not an extreme event designed to test body and soul, it is the start of a new approach to life; a new way of looking at their existence and the people they love and deal with.

RSL Care SA is proud to have been providing this level of financial support to Trojans Trek since 2014 and is pleased to be involved in bringing about positive change in the lives of veterans.

Looking forward to our next 100 Years at RSL Care SA

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Our Next 100 years at RSL Care SA

Letter from our CEO Nathan Klinge

To all residents of RSL Care SA

As you may have seen in the Advertiser this morning the State Branch of the RSL has been placed into Administration. Whilst this is an unfortunate outcome it has not come as a complete surprise to the Board and Management of RSL Care SA, given that many of the challenges being faced by the RSL SA State Branch have been known to us for some time.

I would like to personally reassure each and every resident and tenant of RSL Care SA that the situation facing the RSL has nothing to do with RSL Care SA, and that we remain a profitable, stable and very well-governed organisation. RSL Care SA is its own legal entity completely separate from the RSL, and we have our own governance structures, finances, and Constitution.

Through sound financial practices and good governance over many years RSL Care SA is well positioned to grow and prosper, and whilst the issues facing the State Board of RSL SA are regrettable, they do not pose a threat to the viability of our own organisation. RSL Care SA remains committed to providing accommodation, services and support to Veterans and the ex-service and wider community, as we have done for the past 100 years at RSL Care  SA.

Over the coming weeks I am sure that there will be much media coverage and speculation regarding RSL Care SA, not only because of our relationship with the RSL but also because we are owed $600,000 by the RSL SA State Branch which is something that we will work with the appointed Administrators to resolve. Whilst this is a large sum of money it by no means places us in any financial risk, so we will simply work with the Administrators to generate the best outcome that we can for our Association.

With the above information in mind I would like to personally reassure you all that your tenures in our Residential Aged Care sites are completely safe and secure, as are your investments in our retirement villages and your tenancies in our affordable housing. We aren’t going anywhere!

I hope that this information is sufficient to give you comfort, however if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the Corporate office on 8379 2600.

Yours sincerely,

Nathan Klinge
Chief Executive Officer

War Veterans Home 100th Anniversary

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War Veterans Home 100th Anniversary

On Friday 24th March 2017, the RSL Care SA in Myrtle Bank celebrated the War Veterans Home 100th Anniversary of care and support to the veteran community. On the 24th March 1917, Colonel Stanley Price-Weir, Commander of the 10th Battalion, AIF at Gallipoli, officially opened what was called the ‘Soldiers’ Home’.
Exactly 100 years later to the day, RSL Care SA celebrated the War Veterans Home centenary with residents, staff, volunteers, guests and members of the Defence and veteran community.

Andrew Russell  Veteran Living Launched

It was a wonderful evening which also included the launch of RSL Care SA’s veteran homelessness program, Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL). ARVL is named after Sergeant Andrew Russell who was a South Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2002. Andrew’s parents, Bob and Jan Russell, cut the ribbon to officially open the program at the 100th Anniversary.

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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