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RSL Care SA successful in obtaining 72 residential aged care bed licences for Murray Bridge in the latest Aged Care Allocation Round (ACAR).

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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.

Andrew Russell Veteran Living

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Our Andrew Russell Veteran Living program has its second anniversary on the 16th February 2019. This date is significant as it is the date that Andrew Russell was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2002. Andrew’s parents and wife have graciously allowed RSL Care SA to use Andrew’s name for our program to assist contemporary veterans that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The aim of the program is to provide accommodation support to help veterans get back on their feet.

Kane is one such contemporary veteran who found himself in a situation where he was in need of accommodation assistance so he could move forward with his life. “ARVL provided a roof over my head, it was safe, it was affordable, and I could regain some level of normalcy in my life. It was what I needed at the time.”

Through the ARVL program Kane got to know Program Manager, Ben Challinor, and through volunteering at various RSLs, also got to know RSL Care SA CEO, Nathan Klinge. When an opportunity arose in RSL Care SA, Ben asked Kane if he would be interested in applying for the role of Veteran Support Officer.

A number of people were interviewed for the position, and Kane was subsequently employed and is doing an outstanding job.

Kane was deployed to Afghanistan and unfortunately now suffers from PTSD, after the vehicle he was in hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Kane acknowledges he is “still affected by PTSD, but it doesn’t make me useless. I’m still able to come to work and do the work I do, but I struggle at times”.

If Kane could offer one piece of advice to anyone who finds themselves suffering from PTSD it is this: “Seek help. There are plenty of places out there who offer help. If you’re not comfortable with that, then ask your mates. It’s not a bad thing to put your hand up and say you’re not okay”.

As an organisation we are so proud not just of Kane, but that the ARVL program has made such a positive impact on the lives of many veterans the program has assisted over the years.

For more information on ARVL please click here, or to donate to the ARVL program click here.

Your Journey into Retirement

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Are you considering making the move into retirement? There are a few things to think about during the process. Some of our residents have taken as little as 4 weeks and as long as 4 years to journey into retirement, so don’t feel rushed or pressured. Watch the video or skip below to see the list.

4 Steps to Journey into Retirement

  1. Visit Retirement Villages and Gather Information
  2. Prepare your house for sale
  3. Get Independent Specialist Financial advice about in-going, on-going, and out-going costs before purchase
  4. Get Independent Legal Advice about contracts, terms and conditions before purchase

Visiting Retirement Villages

Every village offers unique services, lifestyle options and community aspects so it’s in your best interest to visit multiple and gather information from each one. Before you visit, think through the details and prepare some questions to ask the specialists at the villages, but ask yourself some questions too.

  • Where do I want to live?
  • Is it close to family and friends?
  • Would this village suit my lifestyle?
  • What other services does this provider offer such as in-home care or aged care?
  • What can I contribute to this community?

Preparing your house for sale

Appraisals, decluttering and moving are all elements of preparing your house for sale and downsizing. It’s worth getting multiple appraisals for your home and employing the services of removalists.

Consider the property you’ll be moving into, will your furniture work in the space? Many villages have relationships with removalists and are happy to help you arrange their services. The last two elements are the most important in the process.

Get Independent Legal and Financial Advice

It’s imperative to get independent legal and financial advice to make an informed decision before you move into a retirement village. Know the ins and outs of the contract your signing and also whether you’re going to be comfortable with the fees associated with living in a retirement village.

Have questions? We are more than happy to answer any and also point you in the right direction to some great resources.

We currently have four Retirement Living sites across Adelaide. Each village has a unique community feel with different size homes that suit a variety of budgets.

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!

 

 

Help at Home in Retirement Living

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RSL Care SA has partnered with Life Care to provide help at home for residents of our Sturt and Hamilton Retirement Villages.

Many people want to stay in their homes as they age, remaining independent and part of the local community. In order to assist our Sturt and Hamilton Village residents with this goal, RSL Care SA’s partnership with Life Care helps with access to the relevant support and services needed that are tailored to suit individual requirements in their own homes.

Sometimes it’s just a little extra help that is needed. It could be assistance with shopping, preparing meals, personal care through to respite, transportation, friendship and community activities, or even some specialised equipment to make the home safer and easier to get around. A Life Care ‘At Home Advisor’ can help coordinate and facilitate assessments if you are entitled to government funding.

The ‘At Home Advisor’ is able to discuss and coordinate a variety of services, whether they are through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), a Home Care Package (HCP) or by paying themselves (self-funded).

The Government pays for the majority of aged care services, however, people will be asked to contribute if they are financially able to do so. Any co-payment which you may be asked to make will depend on the services you receive.
Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) – If you are receiving a Government funded service then you will be asked to contribute to this and this will be reviewed periodically during the year.
Home Care Packages (HCP) – The Government pays its portion direct to the provider and you will receive a statement from the provider clearly outlining what the Government has paid, what your contribution is and what services you are receiving.

At all times, residents are given choice and control in support and services required to stay independent in their own home.

For further information regarding help at home, please call 8379 2600 and ask to speak with our Retirement Living Manager.

War Veterans Home receives formal notification of Accreditation

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Australian Aged Care Quality Agency – War Veterans Home re-accreditated until August 2021

RSL Care SA’s War Veterans Home is very pleased that we have been successful in our application for re-accreditation. We now have accreditation from August 2018 through to August 2021.

Accredited residential aged care homes receive Australian Government subsidies to provide quality care and services to care recipients in accordance with the Accreditation Standards.

To remain accredited and continue to receive the subsidy, each home must demonstrate that it meets the Standards.

There are four Standards covering management systems, health and personal care, care recipient lifestyle, and the physical environment and there are 44 expected outcomes such as human resource management, clinical care, medication management, privacy and dignity, leisure interests, cultural and spiritual life, choice and decision-making and the living environment.

Each home applies for re-accreditation before its accreditation period expires and an assessment team visits the home to conduct an audit. The team assesses the quality of care and services at the home and reports its findings of whether the home meets or does not meet the Standards. The Quality Agency then decides whether the home has met the Standards and whether to re-accredit or not to re-accredit the home.

During a home’s period of accreditation, there may be a review audit where an assessment team visits the home to reassess the quality of care and services and reports its findings of whether the home meets or does not meet the Standards.

Assessment team’s findings regarding performance against the Accreditation Standards

The information obtained through the audit of the home indicates the home meets:

  • 44 of 44 expected outcomes

RSL Care SA War Veterans Home staff were pleased to receive additional positive comments and feedback from the assessors at the completion of the visit. The staff was complemented on their conduct and manner in which they go about their business as well as the good work they are doing in caring for our residents. RSL Care SA was praised for our Janus Approach philosophy of care, which is currently being implemented throughout the organisation, of which we will provide further information on at a later date.

If you would like to read more about the good work we are doing, you can read about our Better Practice Award or Enrolled Nurse of the Year

Are you currently looking for a Residential Aged Care facility? Are you looking for Respite?

Consider coming to one of our Open Days at the home to find out more about Residential Aged Care and the process to becoming a resident. See when our next Open Day is below.

Aged Care Open Days

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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