We were founded as a retreat for the elderly, providing retirees or those approaching retirement with a place to relax and enjoy an independent, active, and social lifestyle. Long serving as one of Tasmania’s most comprehensive aged care providers, our previous name – Island Care, represented the last 50 years of our heritage.
A New Name in Aged Care
As we expand our presence and take the next step in our evolution, our updated identity signals where we see aged care today and in the future. By becoming Respect, our name reflects more than ever the core values shared by all of our staff and residents. What’s remained unchanged is our dedication to providing a safe, secure and supportive environment for our residents with an unbridled commitment to providing a better quality of life.
Island care is rebranded as Respect Aged Care.June,2017
Cohuna Village joins Respect
Cohuna Village, a not-for-profit aged care home in Cohuna, Victoria joins Respect bringing the organisation to nine aged care homes, more than 600 residents and more than 900 employees.2017
St Ann’s joins Respect
St Ann’s, a long standing and respected not-for-profit aged care provider, joins Respect; adding the St Ann’s Hobart and Wellington Views to the group.2016
Island Care takes over the Alcheringa Group, a non-profit aged care organisation in Victoria.2014
Island Care adds Tyler Village in Launceston, which was purchased from Retirement Care Australia. This brought ownership back to Tasmania in the hands of a not-for-profit management group.2006
Coroneagh Park is added in Penguin, marking Island Care’s first expansion.August,1995
A successful application is made for community care packages in the Northwest coast of Tasmania.May,1995
Expand Our Wings
Additional wings are added at Eliza Purton Home.1995
Eliza Purton Home is founded. William Purton donates the land and the residence is named after his mother, Eliza.1964
Our Mission, Vision and Values
Throughout our extensive history, we’ve provided Tasmanians with the best possible residential care because we are driven by a common vision:
A world where the elderly feel respected, valued and enjoy a quality of life.
We aim to achieve our vision through our mission:
To care for the elderly in our communities in an environment of respect, value and belonging.
We strive to be progressive and innovative leaders in the health industry – somewhere people will enjoy living and be proud to work. Our name reflects more than ever the core values shared by all of our staff and residents. They are:
Treat all people with fairness and dignity.
Look after and protect the elderly, and each other.
Encourage, cooperate and build trust.
Do the right thing, even when it’s difficult.
Be open, honest and trustworthy.
Think differently to solve problems.
Drive quality to continuously improve.
Within each Respect home is a diverse team of managers, nurses and expert care staff. Integral to this mix of caregivers is the additional support provided by the many dedicated volunteers and fundraisers. All of our warm and friendly staff are passionate about providing residents with the quality of care they deserve, every single day.
We also strive to promote a genuine rapport between staff and residents. That’s because we’re more than an aged care organisation – we’re a family. And we want all of our residents to feel as comfortable and at home as possible.
Respect is treating people as equals, no matter the difference in age, gender, race, sexuality, position, or any other difference.
Chief Operating Officer
Many years ago when deciding what to do with my life I decided to take a year out and volunteer looking after people with Multiple Sclerosis. It was this experience which galvanized within me the deep belief that everyone, regardless of ability, age and capacity deserves fundamental respect as another human being.
Human Resources Manager
Respect means to treat others with fairness and dignity, to celebrate diversity and acknowledge different views.
Respect is understanding that we’re part of a wider community. When we feel we belong, treating each other with love and dignity comes easily. Because without care, there can be no community.
Respect is something we need to show to all and is demonstrated through our actions. Everything we do and say to others makes a statement about our regard for them. When we are genuine and caring we will be thought of as showing respect.
Respect is earned through actions not words. It is something to be treasured as it often takes a lifetime to earn but can be lost in an instant.
Having and demonstrating thoughtfulness and consideration for other's wishes, feelings and rights, together with treating each individual with kindness, politeness and in a positive manner, is what Respect means to me and is a quality I practice and encourage from others every day.
Respect to me is - to care, to be compassionate and to be kind to all.
Respect is honouring the wishes of others with empathy, compassion and understanding. Treat people how you would like to be treated. As well as respecting others, it is also important to gain and have respect for oneself and the environment surrounding us which includes my workplace of Residential Care. Respect – a home to feel safe, comfortable, happy and supported.
From a very young age, my parents reminded me that “you must respect others, especially your elders”. When I reflect on this, the following words come to my attention - feelings, politeness, values, and being treated fairly. Respect is thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their wellbeing. As professionals delivering care to ageing people, I believe that being guided by and showing respect is very important in maintaining good working relationships with residents, families and staff. Respect ultimately shapes who we are.
Respect to me means to have a high regard for yourself and for the people around you. At Pyramid Hill the Environment is calm and the atmosphere is inviting for residents and families. We try to make them feel as though they are in their own home, by respecting their individual choices and cultural beliefs and encourage a large range of activities that focus on groups. We enjoy the Community and surrounds, and respect all volunteers that donate their individual time.
Respect is the foundation of all relationships. We respect because we care, we cherish, we connect. Through Respect, we humbly make our homes a ‘home away from home’ and life a meaningful journey we travel together with our residents and families.