This is who we are.

In 1967, Gwin Ruston established the Perth Emergency Housekeeping Service under the auspices of WACOSS.

The agency was incorporated in 1970. The initial purpose was to provide support in the home to ensure families could remain intact. People were employed as housekeepers and provided both live-in and visiting support.

Through the 1970s, funding was derived from a variety of government departments and fundraising. The target group gradually moved to cover a higher proportion of older people.

In 1985, the Home and Community Care Act brought together all the programs and funding sources into the HACC program.

Our name changed in 1987 to Perth Home Care Services.

Through the 1990s, the range of funding sources increased and included the aged care, disability and mental health sectors.

Since 2000, there has been considerable growth. Services have also expanded to regional areas.

As an organisation, we have always been at the forefront of introducing innovative services and looking for approaches that deliver great outcomes. We were one of the first to explore and introduce individualised funding options, shared living and shared management.

Fast forward to 2016, we started a new chapter with the changing of our name to Avivo.

Avivo takes its base from the Italian ‘vivo’, meaning to be lively and have energy, with the Spanish ‘avivar’ which means to brighten and enhance. Avivo is our word and takes inspiration from those root terms, but adds a little something unique, much like every person we work with.

Today, our experienced teams thrive throughout Perth, the Midwest, Gascoyne and the Wheatbelt.

We support people from different cultures and backgrounds, and we respect that people live their lives in many different ways. We build and maintain relationships with people from all walks of life. We’re non-denominational and open-minded, and our teams reflect the diverse society we live in.

We look forward to working with you to support you to live life to the fullest.