Another Memorable Milestone Year for Respect

Year in review: 2023 |

Another Memorable Milestone Year for Respect 

2023 has been another noteworthy year for Respect, across our aged care, home care and retirement living services. Here, we take a look at just a few highlights of our year, a small snapshot of the impact, achievements and milestones driven by our amazing team, across the many communities we are proud to support. 

Wellington Views Minister Visit

January: Our residents and staff at Wellington Views in Old Beach, Tasmania, were pleased to welcome a very special visitor – Federal Aged Care Minister Anika Wells. Joined by local MP Brian Mitchell, Minister Wells took the opportunity to speak with our team members about what they loved about working in aged care as well as their thoughts on the challenges shaping the sector, and opportunities moving forward. 

February: Respect was proud to support the NSW Seniors Festival as an official sponsor, providing our home care team with an opportunity to engage with the thousands of attendees around the care services currently available. With more older Australians turning to home care to support their ongoing health needs, Respect’s home care division continued to grow significantly in 2023. 

March: We welcomed Cooma’s Sir William Hudson Memorial Centre (SWHMC) to our growing network of aged care homes across the country. In the following months, we engaged with SWHMC stakeholders – including staff, residents and their families – and, following a community survey, updated the Victorian home’s name to Hudson House. 

April: We officially launched our bequest program as part of new donation page on our website, which made it easier than ever before for members of the community to support our ongoing work. Whether it’s through a donation, signing up as a volunteer, or leaving a legacy gift via a bequest, Respect owes a great deal of gratitude to the generosity of our supporters, patrons and friends. 

NSW Seniors Fest 2023

May: Our Cooinda aged care home, based in Lithgow, New South Wales, was awarded full accreditation by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission – a historic milestone considering the speedy journey of positive development and change the home has undertaken in only a short, two-year period since joining Respect. The dedication of our staff and the support of the community have been instrumental in this extraordinary accomplishment. 

June: Respect joined the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme, and we were excited to welcome 11 new Personal Care Assistants from Fiji to our St John’s home in Wangaratta, Victoria, as part of a unique initiative which promises to further enhance our ability to provide exemplary care to our residents. Each of our new colleagues has brought with them a unique set of skills and they have contributed immensely to our close-knit community. 

July: Kyneton’s community-owned RM Begg aged care home in Victoria officially joined Respect, following a successful and inclusive consultation period with the local community – becoming our organisation’s 21st home. 

August: Respect unveiled the next benchmark for the retirement living industry by officially launching our first fully developed and constructed village, Reed Estate in Prospect Vale, Tasmania. The new village’s grand opening was celebrated with a public event uniting the greater Launceston community, including several community leaders. Reed Estate sets a new standard in retirement living, showcasing innovation, sustainability, and community integration.

Reed Estate OpeningSeptember: To mark the 30th anniversary of Australia’s first-ever Men’s Shed, which was housed at Tongala Memorial, our Victorian home proudly hosted The Australian Men’s Shed Association, as well as the wider community, for a celebratory event. Involving more than 100 guests, it was a fantastic opportunity for our staff, residents and their families to acknowledge the home’s own rich history and legacy. 

October: Our Woodhaven home in New South Wales welcomed members of the Lockhart community, including local leaders, to commemorate the launch of its much-anticipated redevelopment. The landmark project will see an investment of around $5 million into the home and its surrounds, including the construction of a new, state-of-the-art building which will significantly increase Woodhaven’s capacity to 32 beds.

Our Woodhaven home in New South Wales welcomed members of the Lockhart community

November: We finalised significant renovation works at our Tongala Memorial and Coates aged care homes. Both supported in-part by philanthropic support, the sign

ificant works at each home modernised their facilities, created an even warmer aesthetic environment, and ensured our strong culture of high-level service and support can continue for generations to come. 

December: Our Respect Way Lean Leadership Program rounded off its first year of driving unique leadership and problem-solving activities across our organisation, by providing our team members with the confidence and skills to enact positive change. Several successful projects made a difference to the operation of our homes and the lives of our residents.

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