• RSB and Resthaven behind new vision screening tools and support program

    New vision screening tools have been developed by aged care provider Resthaven in conjunction with the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB), with the aim of improving vision assessment process times as part of the providers new Commonwealth funded program.
    Source: RSB and Resthaven behind new vision screening tools and support program

    Nurse Leadership Development Presentation Day

    On Friday 27 October, a group of Resthaven Registered Nurses presented their innovation projects at the third ‘Nurse Leadership Development Program’ day. Participants of the program are Registered Nurses working in leadership roles across Resthaven’s residential and community services sites. The program—which is supported by Resthaven’s Strategic Plan—was developed for Resthaven leaders in association with … Continued

    Bushfire Precautions

    ‘With summer just around the corner, we wish to reassure residents, families, and staff, that Resthaven is well prepared for the upcoming bushfire season,’ says CEO, Richard Hearn. ‘Resthaven’s bushfire prevention and preparedness program is already in operation, with staff undergoing annual training, and procedures annually reviewed.’ ‘Resthaven Bellevue Heights, located adjacent to Sturt Gorge … Continued

    Resthaven Malvern Redevelopment Complete

    The Resthaven Malvern redevelopment is now complete. In October, the site was officially ‘handed over’, much to the delight of residents, families and staff alike. ‘The project is complete, and the site looks fantastic,’ says Manager Residential Services, Terry Kirkwood. ‘The project involved the complete refurbishment of the ‘Kingfisher’ area, adding new rooms to implement … Continued

    Resthaven Mitcham Stage 1 Handover

    At the start of November, Stage 1 of Resthaven Mitcham’s redevelopment was officially ‘handed over’ to residents and staff. This part of the redevelopment at Resthaven Mitcham included the new ‘Lavender’ and ‘Jasmine’ areas. Together, these incorporate 35 single and four couple rooms, all with modern ensuites, lovely new lounge and dining areas, and newly … Continued

    Building Update: Aberfoyle Park

    It is very exciting at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park, as the front walls have gone up.
    Works are progressing well on site. The superstructure and roof is well advanced. Enjoy these timelapse videos and images of the progress so far.


    Resthaven named HESTA Awards Finalist

    Resthaven has been named a finalist in the 2017 HESTA Aged Care Awards. ‘We are delighted to announce that Resthaven is a finalist in the awards, for a combined effort across our service divisions to support a customer at Murray Bridge,’ says CEO, Richard Hearn. ‘Resthaven Murray Bridge Residential Services, Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu … Continued

    Building Update: Westbourne Park

    The redevelopment at Resthaven Westbourne Park is progressing well, with foundations for the new area well advanced, and internal works underway. The redevelopment will include an upgrade of reception to provide a meeting place with café and courtyard, new Manager’s office and staff room, and stormwater improvements. We are eagerly awaiting the completion of the … Continued

    Resthaven receives vision support funding

    Resthaven has received funding to expand a range of Commonwealth Home Support Program aged care services. Included in this was funding for a new service type for Resthaven: ‘Specialised Support Services—Vision Support’. A gap was identified in this area following an internal research project. The funds are to be spent in providing vision support services … Continued

    Resthaven Marion’s positive feedback from customers

    Resthaven receives much positive feedback from our customers, and this is just one story. Recently, the team at Resthaven Marion were contacted by the wife of a resident, who wanted to express their thanks for their care of her husband, John*. ‘I am impressed by the friendliness, and caring attitude, of all staff members involved … Continued

    Resthaven Paradise Spring Flower Show

    With spring flowers in full bloom, it is an ideal time to host the annual Resthaven Paradise Spring Flower Show. This year, an array of beautiful flowers were on show at Resthaven Paradise on 23 October, featuring many blooms grown on site. ‘The flowers at this year’s Spring Flower Show are almost exclusively from our … Continued

    My Home Life Graduation

    Congratulations to Mark Bednall (Manager Residential Services, Resthaven Leabrook) and Carol Vlachos (Care Coordinator, Resthaven Westbourne Park), who recently graduated from the award-winning My Home Life program. What is My Home Life? ‘My Home Life is an international, evidence based, leadership support program, brought to Australia through the SA Innovation Hub,’ says CEO, Richard Hearn. … Continued

    Resthaven Hosts International Visitors

    In October, Resthaven was delighted to host two international delegations – one from Malaysia, and another from Japan – who were visiting Australia to inform their own aged care practices. On Monday 16 October, the ‘Age Care Group’ from Malaysia toured the Resthaven Paradise campus, which incorporates residential services, community services, and the Adelaide Geriatrics … Continued

    ‘Thank you’ from a family member

    The daughter of former Resthaven Malvern resident, Nancy*, recently contacted the home to thank staff for the high quality care and support of her mother. ‘I sincerely wish to thank the management and staff of Resthaven Malvern for the care of my mother and uncle,’ says Janet*. ‘I have been involved with Resthaven for 12 … Continued

    Active Ageing – Learning from our friends

    Opinion piece by Richard Hearn, former CEO Resthaven Incorporated for Boomer section, The Advertiser, 23 October 2017. I recently returned from the ‘Active Ageing – Learning from our friends’ conference in Bangkok, Thailand. South Australian aged care and Thai expertise was showcased to an audience of more than 500 notable medical, nursing, academic, government and … Continued

    Resthaven Marion Show Day

    In October, the animals ‘came in two by two’ to the Resthaven Marion Show Day! Lifestyle Coordinator, Karen Neighbour, says, ‘The Resthaven Marion Show Day featured goats, calves, an alpaca, chooks, rabbits, guinea pigs, a piglet, and sheep – all under the watchful eye of Farmer Darcy and her working dog, Indi.’ ‘Despite the specially … Continued

    101 not out for Mrs West

    Mrs Viola West may be 101, but that doesn’t stop her from living independently at home, with support from Resthaven Western Community Services. Holli Gilbertson is one of the Home Support Workers who support Mrs West, and it is clear that she thoroughly enjoys it. ‘I love it, it’s so good – the whole concept … Continued

    Resthaven Program Managers for Fred’s Van

    Resthaven Program Managers have donated hundreds of hand-decorated biscuits to charity, Fred’s Van. Earlier this month, as part of their annual conference, Resthaven Program Managers undertook a team building exercise to work together with purpose: creating something of benefit for others. In groups, they decorated a ‘domino set’ of biscuits, to donate to Fred’s Van. … Continued

    Exercise Classes at Resthaven Leabrook

    Residents at Resthaven Leabrook are benefiting from an exercise class trial program, held on site at 336 Kensington Road, Leabrook, three times a week. Mrs Millie Ritchie (pictured), a relative newcomer to Resthaven Leabrook, had ‘never thought of exercise before’ she moved into the home three months ago. ‘It just never occurred to me,’ she … Continued