• Resthaven Board

      On 1 January 2018, Darren Birbeck (right) will commence as Treasurer in the Resthaven Board. Darren has been a member of the Resthaven Board since late June 2016. His appointment follows the retirement of long-standing Treasurer, Geoff Tully (below left). Geoff has dedicated many years to Resthaven, having served two full terms of the maximum … Continued

    Christmas celebrations across Resthaven

    Christmas celebrations are in full swing across Resthaven, with all residential sites holding festive ‘Resident Christmas Functions’ throughout December. Celebrations kicked off at Resthaven Craigmore on 4 December, where residents, families and volunteers enjoyed a delicious, three course, traditional Christmas meal, prepared on site by the talented kitchen team. This marked the beginning of celebrations … Continued

    Resthaven Mitcham Stage 2 Update

    In November 2017, Stage 1 of Resthaven Mitcham’s $14 million redevelopment was completed. Resthaven has a planned approach to upgrading residential aged care sites so that they meet the needs and expectations of current and future customers. Mandy Hutchinson, Manager, Resthaven Mitcham Residential Services, says, ’Stage two is now well underway. This stage involves a … Continued

    Resthaven Murray Bridge Redevelopment Progress

    Resthaven Murray Bridge, at 53 Swanport Road, is being transformed! A major redevelopment is currently underway, as part of Resthaven’s objective to provide single rooms with ensuite bathrooms across all residential sites. The master plan for capital development includes refurbishment of residential sites to offer appropriate accommodation options that meet current and future customer expectations. … Continued

    Knit and Natter at Christmas

    Every year, Resthaven Westbourne Park residents in the ‘Knit and Natter’ craft group make a range of items to donate for people in need or for a community benefit. Together with residents at Resthaven Mitcham, they have been making Christmas baubles for the Christmas Tree at the Mitcham Cultural Village. Verona Rix, Lifestyle Coordinator, says, … Continued

    Care is at the heart

    Opinion piece by Richard Hearn, former CEO Resthaven Incorporated As December heralds the festive season and a time of reflection on the past year, I think about the important, good work of those working in aged care services. Those people are carers, medical practitioners and health workers, who continue to support individuals with their particular … Continued

    The Resthaven Golden Girls

    Every week, the Resthaven Golden Girls enjoy lunch at a venue of their choice, with the support of Resthaven Community Respite Services. Assistant Manager, Julian Sporne, says, ‘The group of nine Golden Girls go out to lunch each week, and they have a great time.’ ‘They call themselves the “Golden Girls,” as they decided that … Continued

    Resthaven Restorative Care Success

    Resthaven’s Short-Term Restorative Care program supports clients with their wellness and reablement goals. David, a Resthaven Community Services client, has Parkinson’s Disease. He had motivated himself to improve his physical strength, to achieve his goals of regaining independence in his daily living tasks, and—ultimately—returning to his passion of kayaking on the Murray River. ’David was … Continued

    ‘Spirituality in the Garden’ Program Better Practice Award

    This morning, residents and staff at Resthaven Marion gathered to be presented with a Better Practice Award. Resthaven Marion welcomed representatives from the Aged Care Quality Agency to acknowledge in person the residents and staff involved with the award winning ‘Spirituality in the Garden’ program. The program won an Aged Care Quality Agency ‘Commendation’ award … Continued

    International delegation visits Resthaven

    Late last month, a group of international delegates visited Resthaven Marion residential services and Resthaven Community Respite Services at Township Road, Marion. Hosted by the South Australian Economic Development Board, the group was made up of Thai and Filipino guests, including Dame Khunying Kobchitt Limpaphayom, from the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University. The delegation was … Continued

    Giving back through ‘Trees for Life’

    Resthaven customers enjoy giving back to the community at Christmas. ‘Each year, Resthaven Community Respite Services supports Trees for Life, with participants of the ‘The Shed’ program growing seedlings,’ Carole Matthews, Manager Resthaven Community Respite Services, explains. ‘We have a large shed located just off Township Road, Marion, near the Hersey Cottages, where we host … Continued

    Generators installed at Resthaven

    South Australia may have a big battery, but just in case, Resthaven has committed to installing generators to ensure power for essential services. On 28 November 2017, the first of several power generators to be installed at all Resthaven residential sites was delivered to Resthaven Paradise. ‘We are committing to install generators at each of … Continued

    Keep an eye on the older people you care about this Christmas

    ‘Keep an eye on the older people you care about this Christmas’ was the theme for Resthaven’s appearance on FiveAA’s Interactive Lounge on 9 November. Lynn Openshaw, Manager Service Development, spoke with Alan Hickey, and shared some helpful and timely advice with listeners and callers. ‘I spoke about how in the lead up to Christmas, … Continued

    Resthaven Paradise gifts for service personnel

    Resthaven Paradise residents have been reflecting on things to be thankful for. This came about whilst attending a recent church service by the site Coordinating Chaplain, Rev Cate Baker. ‘Residents are passionate about giving back where they can. They believe, just because someone receives a service, that doesn’t mean they can’t also provide a service—such … Continued

    Rewarding careers in aged care

    Opinion piece by Richard Hearn, former CEO Resthaven Incorporated for Boomer section, The Advertiser, 27 November 2017 For work with a sense of purpose—making a real and tangible difference in the daily lives of older people—working in aged care is a valuable and personally rewarding career choice. In recent months, I have read a plethora of … Continued

    Minister Wyatt speaks to Innovation Hub

    Today, the Minister for Ageing will address members of the Innovation Hub. Richard Hearn (Resthaven Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the SA Innovation Hub) will welcome Minister for Ageing, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, before the Minister addresses Hub members at a seminar at The Lakes Hotel, West Lakes. Richard explains, ‘Resthaven is an inaugural … Continued

    Construction underway at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park

    Construction is progressing at pace, at the site of the new Resthaven residential aged care service, at Hub Drive, Aberfoyle Park. ‘The superstructure is nearly complete, with external cladding, roofing and internal walls being installed and erected,’ says Emmet O’Donovan, Manager Buildings & Capital Projects. ‘Locals have been interested in the works, observing the two … Continued

    HESTA awards finalist team

    Resthaven was proud to be a finalist in the Team Innovation Award category in the national 2017 HESTA Aged Care Awards. Resthaven staff were delighted to attend the 2017 HESTA Aged Care Awards ceremony on Thursday night. Richard Hearn, Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, says, ‘Even though we didn’t win, the fact that we were a … Continued

    A culture of care at Resthaven Leabrook

    Recently, the team at Resthaven Leabrook were contacted by the nephew of a resident, who wanted to express their thanks for their care of his Aunt*. ‘As the nephew of one of your residents, I feel the need to let you know of the appreciation felt by our family for the genuine care provided by your facility. … Continued