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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.

Free flu vaccinations for RSL Care SA employees

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Free Flu Vaccinations

As an organisation providing care and services to the aged in our community, RSL Care SA happily supports the Federal Governments legislation on staff Flu vaccinations in aged care facilities. Minister Wyatt moved the legislation earlier this month, and it is now a requirement for all aged care facilities to have a staff influenza vaccination program in place, with an anticipated vaccination rate of 95% for the industry.

RSL Care SA strives to create a safe environment for all who visit our aged care facilities, but especially for our beloved residents. By encouraging a high community uptake of flu vaccination within our community, we can significantly reduce the risk of spread to our elderly and often vulnerable residents from this deadly virus.

Our Flu vaccination program for all staff commenced on the 30th of April, with CEO Nathan Klinge first in line to receive his flu vax. Over the coming weeks we will be encouraging all employees to have their flu vaccination, which is provided free of charge.

Read more about the influenza vaccine from SA Heath here 

Read more of RSL Care SA’s latest news here

 

 

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.

RSL Care SA – Industry Leaders in Waste Management

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Best Practice Waste Management

On Friday 23rd February, War Veterans Home Maintenance Officer, Nick Atkins, was asked to present RSL Care SA’s waste management initiatives to the ACSA Finance Symposium held at the Morphettville Racecourse.

RSL Care SA has become recognised as an industry and State leader in efficient waste management. We are extremely proud of this achievement and in our waste management improvements across all facilities.

In 2011, we reviewed our waste and recycling activities and volumes and identified opportunities for improvements that could increase what was being recycled and also make cost savings.

Separately sorting waste enabled us to easily identify where waste was being generated.  This facilitated management to establish simple strategies to cut waste across the business. In addition to creating an environmentally friendly workplace, implementing correct waste management procedures has provided staff with a greater awareness of waste issues.

We conducted a second review in 2017 to monitor our performance, and following are the results:

  • Landfill volumes down by 42% (from 44.8 to 25.7 tonnes/year)
  • Food waste reduced by 30% (from 7.3 to 5.1 tonnes/year)
  • Recycling of 10 different waste streams
  • Only stream sent to landfill is continence waste (currently no option to recycle)

Our overall waste costs have remained consistent with 2011 costs. This is despite higher costs across South Australia for waste disposal. South Australia’s waste levy currently sits at $87/tonne (up from $26/tonne in 2011).

Reducing our waste disposal has allowed us to mitigate against further waste levy increases, which are set to rise to $103/tonne by 2020.

Nick Atkins has been spearheading this important initiative. We are very pleased that Nick was asked to present to this forum targeting Chief Executives Officers, Chief Finance Officers, General Managers and the like. We hope all other aged care providers join us in achieving Best Practice Waste Management.

Click here to read more of our latest news!

Andrew Russell Veteran Living Accommodation Officially Opens

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Helping our homeless veterans

On Friday 16th February 2018, exactly 16 years after South Australian born SAS soldier Sergeant Andrew Russell was killed in Afghanistan, the homeless veteran accommodation named in his honour was officially opened.

RSL Care SA’s Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL) program assists contemporary veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with transit accommodation.  ARVL has provided nearly 6,000 nights of accommodation to veterans and their families.

During the pilot program, RSL Care SA utilised residential college rooms at the Australian Lutheran College in North Adelaide. As the program became more widely recognised and the referrals of homeless veterans intensified, RSL Care SA identified the need to look for more suitable and permanent accommodation for the program.

Thankfully a wonderful opportunity arose and we are very pleased to announce the purchase of a 10 unit block located in Sturt. The new ARVL accommodation was officially opened on Friday by Andrew’s parents, Bob and Jan Russell, with the unveiling of a memorial plaque, funded via a grant through Veterans SA, that now sits proudly at the front of the units.

Following the unveiling, approximately 60 guests from the veteran community, mental health sector, Members of Parliament, senior representatives of Army, Air Force and Navy, as well as other special guests attended a function at the Marion RSL.

Department of Veterans Affairs, Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) Grant

With 10 empty units waiting for veterans to transfer over, the next step was to organise furniture and utensils to ensure the units were fully functional and ready for emergency housing.   This was made possible with our successful application for funding through the Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) Grant by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The SYV grant program was established to support the needs of younger veterans as they leave the Australian Defence Force and integrate into civilian life, with all the challenges that accompany that unique transition. The Minister for Veterans Affairs, Dan Tehan, identified veteran homelessness as a significant & complex issue. RSL Care SA has responded to this issue through the Andrew Russell Veteran Living program.

Through the SYV grant, we applied for funding to fit out the 10 new ARVL accommodation units with furniture and goods to allow veterans needing temporary emergency accommodation to move straight in.

How it all works

The ARVL program has developed referral pathways into the program from Ward 17 at the Repatriation Hospital (now the Jamie Larcombe Centre at Glenside), a range of community services, other ex-service organisations and word of mouth. When RSL Care SA receives a referral, ARVL Program Manager, Ben Challinor, makes contact with the participant and meets with them to discuss their needs.

Where appropriate, Ben supports them into the ARVL emergency accommodation and works with them over time to link them to community, public and private service providers who may assist with the veteran’s circumstances of homelessness. These services include medical, financial, employment and social services.

For more information on ARVL, please contact Program Manager Ben Challinor on 8379 2600.

To donate to ARVL or any of our other programs, please click here. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of donations received go directly to the programs.

Getting To Know Our Volunteers

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Volunteers of RSL Care SA

RSL Care SA is privileged to have a wonderful, rapidly growing database of passionate volunteers. All our volunteers are highly valued and seen as a vital part of our organisation. Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, we are able to offer a range of versatile activities and services that enrich the lives of our residents.

To demonstrate just how important volunteers are to our organisation, we will be posting monthly interviews with our volunteers showing exactly what it is they do and why.

SANDRA PAVIA

Sandra Pavia is our Volunteer Coordinator and has been working at RSL Care SA for over 12 months.  Working closely with the residents, Sandra has been able to tailor volunteer services to suit their various needs. Having a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator has seen our volunteer database double over the last year! We currently have 34 active volunteers, and of course we are always looking for more! See Sandra’s interview below:

What sorts of activities do volunteers do with our residents?

Volunteers participate in a range of different activities with our residents, such as; companionship and social support; assistance on outings or shopping; driving the bus for resident outings; beauty therapy services such as manicures; organising or assisting with participation in activities; Pastoral care and faith support; assistance with wellbeing initiatives and providing pet therapy engagement with residents to list a few

We also have volunteers who provide support in areas such as the kitchen, garden and maintenance.

Volunteers with the right qualifications are also able to go into specialised areas such as Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL), which is our program for younger veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Why do you think volunteers are so valued at RSL Care SA?

We value our volunteers because we recognise the critical role they play in supporting and enhancing the lives of our residents and hope that they gain as much enjoyment from their volunteering as our residents do. Volunteers also support the organisation in fulfilling its mission and vision.

What benefits do you see to the resident’s from having volunteers visit regularly?

Volunteers are able to focus on the resident’s individual needs at the time of their visit, spend quality time with them, nurture friendships, sit and listen, embrace natural reminiscing and support residents social connections.

How do you become a volunteer at RSL Care SA?

To volunteer at RSL Care SA all you need to have is a desire to contribute to the enhancement of our residents lives, an ability to commit as little as one hour per week, and undertake the necessary approval processes required to work in Aged Care.

SUSAN KUKESTE

How long have you been volunteering at RSL Care SA?

I have been volunteering at RSL Care Myrtle Bank since March 2016 so just over 2 years.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?

After finishing full time employment I still needed to work. I have been involved in and contributing to community throughout my life. Growing up in the country that was a given. In my early years I was involved with Nursing Mothers Association of Australia as a counsellor and group leader. Once my children were at school I became involved in school life – supporting student needs, fundraising and pastoral care support to parents. I volunteered with Teen Challenge for several years and have continued with voluntary work through group work and pastoral care associated with my church life.  The opportunity to volunteer at Myrtle Bank and work with the Chaplain and Lifestyle in Pastoral Care Support was a good fit. So here I am.

What activities do you do with the residents?

Most of my time and involvement is visiting with the residents offering a listening ear, friendship, general chit chat, and conversation, wherever that might take us. At times I join in with planned activities. A very important part of my week is supporting the weekly Sunday Church Service. Assisting residents to get there and return home, leading services and giving a message are all part of what I do- who I am.

What is your favourite thing about volunteering?

Following the loss of my mother in 2015 I reflected on the shortcomings of life for the aging in our society, particularly people becoming more isolated and people in care. I hoped to make a difference and contribute in a way that would count and be meaningful for individuals. Having studied and trained as a Chaplain I hoped to utilize this in whatever I took on in the future.

As a pastoral care person I talk with and get to know people. Some people are happy with a brief ‘how are you, hope you are well’. Others like to share their stories and have someone take interest in their lives and develop relationships with them. I have the privilege of hearing incredible stories, beautiful stories and in so doing one can only recognise and marvel at the resilience and courage and beauty of so many. Everyone has stories to tell.

We all need to tell those stories and learn of one another –  that’s how we grow, that’s how community happens. I am enriched and challenged by the privilege of sharing in the residents’  life journeys.

JIM RICHARDSON

Jim has been volunteering at the War Veterans Home in Myrtle Bank for about nine months and is a wonderful addition to our Veterans Support Group. Watch his interview below!

If you wish to enquire further about volunteer opportunities, please contact Sandra Pavia on 8379 2600. Sandra will be happy to schedule a time to meet with you and discuss your areas of interest.

Andrew Russell Veteran Living

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“I was hitting walls here there and everywhere, so for someone to put out their hand and say ‘we can help you, mate’, I just thought it was beautiful”

On Monday the 22nd of January, Helen Meyer of ‘Service Voices’ on Radio Adelaide broadcast an interview conducted with Ben Challinor, Program Manager for our Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL) program, as well as with ARVL resident, Phil.

To listen to Ben talk about how the ARVL program is assisting veterans that are homeless or at risk of homelessness, please click here.

To listen to Phil, a resident of the ARVL program, and the positive impact that our Andrew Russell Veteran Living program has had on his life, please click here.

 

 

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.

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

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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