• COVID-19 Update-Visiting arrangements at residential aged care homes

    Resthaven’s visiting arrangements may change in response to Emergency Management Direction updates, which can occur at immediate notice. There are mandatory entry requirements. The current Emergency Management Direction allows each resident one visit of up to two visitors per day together, with an additional care and support visit on compassionate grounds being available following approval … Continued

    Leonie Friedenfelds – Home Support Worker


    Leonie Friedenfelds – A Ray of Sunshine

    “Nearing the end of life is the time when we should honour them even more.” Resthaven Community Respite Services Home Support Worker, Leonie Friedenfelds, began her career with Resthaven 19 years ago, but she is still as passionate now as the day she started. Starting out as a carer at Resthaven Marion, early in her … Continued

    Happy 100th, Reg

    We wish Mr Reginald (Reg) Wilcox of Resthaven Bellevue Heights a very happy 100th birthday. Reg, born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in 1920, was the first of two sons. He was educated at Saint Alfred’s College, where he excelled in sport, rather than in the classroom! When Reg was 13½, his father died of consumption, … Continued

    Face Masks now Required

    On 1 December 2020, the South Australian Emergency Management Directions were updated. Information about changes to Directions can be found at: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/response The key change for residential aged care services in the new Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 15) (COVID19) Direction is that everyone onsite at a residential aged care home (excluding residents and children … Continued

    Resthaven Community Services expand to Gawler

    Sue McKechnie, Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services says, ‘I am delighted that Resthaven has opened an outreach office at 5 King Street, Gawler. ‘We continue to have strong demand from older people and their families for support at home throughout the lower Barossa region, which is why we have opened the office as an expansion … Continued

    Happy 100th Birthday: Mr Les Schmaal

    Many happy returns to Mr Leslie (Les) Schmaal of Resthaven Marion, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Les was born in Mannum, South Australia, the eldest of four children. His family resided on a mixed farming property, which included cereal cropping, sheep grazing, a small dairy herd, pigs, and poultry. After finishing primary school, Les … Continued

    Time to dust off the bucket list

    As we near the end of what has been a year like no other, with the continuing threat of COVID-19, it is good to reflect on the annual traditions that we continue to recognise. In November each year, we honour and acknowledge all those who died or suffered in wars or armed conflicts. This Remembrance … Continued

    Update on current COVID-19 situation and visiting

    South Australians have had a very challenging week, with many changes to our daily lives due to the COVID-19 cluster in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. On 21 November, the SA Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 14) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 came into effect. In response, the following decisions are in effect: Visiting Arrangements: Visiting will … Continued

    COVID-19 ‘circuit breaker’

    As of midnight tonight, the state government is introducing a six-day ‘circuit-breaker’ set of restrictions across South Australia in order to attempt to control the current cluster of COVID-19 from escalating further. All South Australians are advised to follow the directive to stay at home over the next six days from midnight tonight. Resthaven provides … Continued

    Resthaven Agedcare Alternatives Turns 10!

    On Tuesday 10 November, Resthaven Agedcare Alternatives held a small, festive celebration to acknowledge ten years of providing free aged care information to the South Australian community at 1/445 Fullarton Road, Highgate. Agedcare Alternatives was sponsored by Resthaven as a gift to the South Australian community as part of Resthaven’s 75th anniversary year. It was … Continued

    COVID-19 Update – Visiting Resthaven residential aged care homes

    Visitors are restricted at all Resthaven Residential Aged Care Homes until further notice. We apologise for the immediacy of this decision, made due to advice from South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, that there are new cases of COVID-19 as a result of community spread. The situation is changing rapidly and we … Continued

    Margaret shares memories of Slim Dusty

    With the feature film, ‘Slim and I,’ coming out this year, Resthaven Mount Gambier resident, Mrs Margaret Dohling, was inspired to share some of her memories of her husband, John, who was one of Slim Dusty’s song writers. Margaret recalls that one day, when John was writing songs, she had suggested to him that the … Continued

    COVID-19 Update – Visiting Resthaven residential aged care homes

    The South Australia Emergency (Residential AgedCare Facilities No 12) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 came into effect on 5 November 2020. The changes in the above Direction include: There is no longer a restriction to the number of visits a resident receives on a particular day, A person visiting a resident may enter the home when they: … Continued

    Ministerial Announcement at Resthaven Malvern

    Resthaven CEO, Darren Birbeck, says, ‘On Thursday 5 November, Resthaven Malvern was delighted to host a press conference by the Minister for Health & Wellbeing, The Hon Stephen Wade, about the latest changes to the emergency management directions relating to residential aged care homes.’ ‘The press conference was attended by television crews from all major … Continued

    Home Support Workers make a difference

    Sitting at a café in North Brighton, having a chat over coffee, it’s hard to believe that Home Support Workers, Michael and Greg, are at work – but they are! As Home Support Workers for Resthaven Community Respite Services, part of their job is to facilitate the weekly ‘Men About Town’ social group, taking a … Continued