• COVID-19 Update-Residential Care

    Visiting Resthaven residential aged care homes Current visiting arrangements at Resthaven: Visiting hours are: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm Weekends and Public Holidays between 1 pm – 3 pm  All visitors must comply with the entry requirements and visitor restrictions as required by the South Australian (SA) Emergency Management (Residential Aged … Continued

    ‘Thank you’ from 21 year old Resthaven scholarship recipient

    Third year Bachelor of Physiotherapy student, 21 year old Liam McCabe, is a wonderful example of how the Resthaven 80th anniversary scholarship program benefits not just students, but the future aged care workforce, and older people requiring support. Liam says, ‘I am in my third year of Physiotherapy (Hons) at the University of South Australia.’ … Continued

    Resthaven scholarships shape lives, futures

    One of the ways in which Resthaven supports the future aged care workforce is through the provision of scholarships at all three major South Australian universities. These were funded in celebration of Resthaven’s 80th anniversary in 2015 and continue. The current group of scholarship recipients from the University of South Australia share their thoughts on … Continued

    Nurse, Social Worker, Author: Beth’s Story

    Lifelong learning is vital according to Mrs Beth Robertson of Resthaven Malvern, who gained a Diploma of Arts – her third tertiary qualification – when she was 88 years old. Now 94, Beth is writing her life story, a 50,000 word manuscript, due to be published in late 2020. Now that’s what we call getting … Continued

    ‘Thank You’ from a family

    A family recently reached out to the Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services team to thank them for the ‘calm and professional support’ provided to their parents by Coordinator, Jane Sweeney. The family wrote: ‘In conjunction with my parents, we initially interviewed several home care providers to set up a Home Care Package.’ ‘We were … Continued

    Stuey and Huxley – pet therapy for older people


    Stuey and Huxley a cheerful therapy team

    Huxley, the therapy dog of Resthaven Marion Community Services*, continues to delight clients. He first started visiting in May 2019 (Read Huxley’s first visit story here). However, he’s not the only animal star at the site: meet ‘Stuart Little,’ or ‘Stuey,’ the ragdoll cat. Manager, Lee Bennetts, says, ‘Stuey belongs to Program Assistant, Shelley, who … Continued

    Aged care occupational therapy a ‘dream career’ for Melayni

    In a case of coming full circle, graduate, Melayni Bovaird-Cations used a Resthaven scholarship to complete her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at UniSA – and is now working as an Aged care Occupational Therapist at Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu Community Services at 37 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge. After high school, Melayni had worked … Continued

    New Manager at Resthaven Mitcham

    A new Manager, Hannah Coelho, has been welcomed at Resthaven Mitcham. It follows the transfer of previous Manager, Mandy Micallef, to Resthaven Bellevue Heights, to oversee a major site redevelopment at the home. Hannah, who commenced at Resthaven Mitcham in June, may be a Manager now, but she understands the nuances of the aged care … Continued

    Community Services – COVID-19 Update

    Resthaven Community Services continue to support people living at home. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly changed the way we live. To help keep us safe, it is likely that our lives will be different for a while. For everyone’s safety, Resthaven complies with the South Australian Police Commissioner’s Directions under the Emergency Management Act 2004 … Continued

    Sylvia encourages employee engagement

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome Sylvia Powell to Resthaven, in the role of Executive Manager People and Culture. Sylvia commenced in August. Sylvia’s most recent position was General Manager People and Culture for Eldercare, a position that she held since May 2016. Prior to that, she worked with the University of South … Continued

    Glenda reflects on 25 year volunteer career

    When 25-year Resthaven volunteer, Glenda McDonald, decided it was time to move into residential aged care, the obvious choice was Resthaven. After all, she says, ‘I feel part of the place.’ A trained nurse, Glenda started her volunteering career with Resthaven later in life, when her children were a little older and she wanted to … Continued

    Picture perfect postcards at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park

    Mrs Juanita McCallum, a resident of Resthaven Aberfoyle Park, is to thank for a new initiative at the home to provide postcards for residents to send to families and friends. The postcards, which depict professional photos of Resthaven Aberfoyle Park, are sold for minimal cost at reception, with all proceeds going towards the lifestyle program. … Continued

    ‘Tree of Hope’ at Resthaven Western Community Services

    Clients of Resthaven Western Community Services at 96 Woodville Road, Woodville, have created a ‘Tree of Hope’ during their Wednesday Social Group, depicting positive images to remember in these challenging times. Coordinator, Rebbecca Bratovich, who facilitates the group, says, ‘With the recent return of in-person social groups – with strict social distancing measures in place … Continued

    85th Anniversary Celebration at Resthaven Mount Gambier

    This year marks Resthaven’s 85th anniversary, and, on 5 August, Resthaven Mount Gambier celebrated this milestone with a festive event at the home at 24 Elizabeth Street, Mount Gambier. Lifestyle Coordinator, Trudyanne Bedson, says, ‘Due to COVID-19, the celebrations were different to how we planned them at the start of this year, however, we were … Continued

    A Life Less Ordinary

    For Mrs Ralda Raddon of Resthaven Mount Gambier, flying planes and riding horses were just a normal part of life growing up in rural NSW. Mrs Raddon was born in Broken Hill in 1929, the youngest of three – one brother and two sisters. Sadly she is the only surviving sibling. She describes how her … Continued