• Card Making and Baking, Moving and Shaking

    The Millicent Social Group kept busy over the summer holidays, making beautiful cards to share with families and friends. This is just one of the many activities that group participants enjoy, with others including baking days, knitting projects, and trips to the local museum or theatre. The group, which is run by Resthaven Limestone Coast … Continued

    Berri Office for Resthaven Community Services

    The new office base for Resthaven’s growing Riverland community aged care services will be the old State Bank Building in Berri. Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services, Sue McKechnie, says, ‘I am very pleased that Resthaven has secured the landmark art-deco building at 7 Wilson Street, Berri. Resthaven continues to expand in the Riverland, and for … Continued

    New Friendships Found at Resthaven Malvern

    Resthaven Malvern ‘newbies,’ Mrs Jenny Last and Mrs Yvonne Revell have become fast friends – and neighbours – in their new home at Resthaven Malvern. Jenny and Yvonne moved into adjacent rooms at the home at 43 Marlborough Street, Malvern, in late 2019, and quickly became good buddies. Jenny says, ‘We were lucky to get … Continued

    Dementia a shared journey for Rosie and Grant

    Grant and his wife, Rosie, had been married for 17 years when their lives changed forever. Both very active people, the couple rose at 6.30am every day to go walking, played golf, travelled extensively, and generally enjoyed an action-packed life. However, in 2015, Rosie experienced a sudden stroke, followed by memory loss and other changes. … Continued

    Employment Opportunities in Aged Care

    Career opportunities in aged care are ‘unlimited,’ says Registered Nurse, Emma Read; she would know, having gone from an RN working through an agency to Clinical Nurse ACFI within the space of just eight years. A UniSA graduate (Bachelor of Nursing), Emma’s first interaction with Resthaven was in 2011, working some shifts as an Agency … Continued

    Resthaven Northern Community Services Social Group

    Older people across the northern suburbs are benefiting from the new ‘Social Central’ group, run by Resthaven Northern Community Services at the Gawler Uniting Church. Manager, Karen Hammond, says, ‘The Social Central group commenced on 8 November, 2019, and has been very well received within the local community.’ ‘The group begins with 30 minutes of … Continued

    Isabel ‘carving out her niche’ at Resthaven Leabrook

    When you think of a ‘furniture maker,’ Mrs Isabel Fuller of Resthaven Leabrook may not be what comes to mind. However, that’s exactly what she is, producing high quality, hand-carved wooden furniture that now adorns her room at Resthaven Leabrook. Having worked as a midwife, Mrs Fuller ‘always thought I’d like to try wood working.’ … Continued

    Social group brings Kevin back to health

    Two years ago, Mr Kevin Rawlins almost died. ‘My wife had passed away in 2016, I was all alone,’ he says. ‘Then I had a massive heart attack, and ended up in the hospital for four months.’ ‘I could barely move, let alone walk,’ he says. ‘I didn’t want to face another day.’ After four … Continued

    Intergenerational Visit at Investigator College

    The Port Elliot Wellness Group, run by Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu Community Services, recently visited a group of year five students at Investigator College for a morning of fun, games, and intergenerational learning. Program Assistant, Jenna Gamma, says, ‘The Port Elliot Wellness Group meets every Tuesday for morning tea, exercises, wellness, fun and … Continued

    Christmas Message from the CEO

    The festive season is an opportune time to make a connection with your local community. Take time to say ‘Hello’ to the people in your street. Reach out to neighbours, friends and family. I encourage everyone to be proactive in making contact with family members or significant others who may be frail, or less mobile, … Continued

    Diversity Sculpture Unveiled at Resthaven

    On Monday 2 December, Resthaven Community Respite Services officially unveiled the ‘Diversity and Harmony’ art installation at Ridgway House. Created from an idea hatched by Community Respite Services Manager, Carole Matthews, the installation comprises four spheres. ‘The single coloured spheres represent singular, segregated communities, standing isolated from one another’, says Carole. ‘At the centre is a … Continued

    Summer on a Plate at Resthaven

    More Food, Glorious Food! With summer now here, fresh, healthy summer menus are being rolled out across all Resthaven residential aged care homes. Crumbed fish with lemon, spring vegetable soup, and salmon with garden salad are just some of the menu choices on one day’s menu, photographed at Resthaven Paradise. ‘We are proud of the … Continued

    Christmas at Resthaven Northern Community Services

    For many years, staff at Resthaven Northern Community Services have personally funded a Christmas celebration for clients who are financially disadvantaged, or will find themselves alone on Christmas Day. Up to 20 clients attend the event, which is scheduled for lunch on a day as close to Christmas Day as possible. Karen Hammond, Manager, Resthaven … Continued

    Thank you for Short Term Restorative Care

    ‘Thank you’ from a family

    The daughter of a Resthaven Northern Community Services client recently contacted Resthaven to thank staff for the ‘genuine care and concern’ shown to her mother during her eight week short term restorative care program. Learn about our Short Term Restorative Care Program She says, ‘Our family cannot fault the high quality care provided.’ ‘Over the … Continued

    Festive Welcome for New Resthaven Port Elliot Manager

    We welcome Karen de Bonde as Manager Residential Services at Resthaven Port Elliot. On 13 December, Resthaven Port Elliot held their annual Resident Christmas Luncheon at the home at 3 Frederik Street, Port Elliot, during which they welcomed new Manager, Karen de Bonde. Karen, a highly experienced Registered Nurse with a 30 year career in … Continued

    Customer Engagement a priority

    ‘Resthaven listens to our customers,’ says Darren Birbeck, Executive Manager Governance and Corporate Services at Resthaven. ‘Over the past few years, we have asked for feedback from our customers, who include our consumers, those residents and clients who directly receive our services, as well as other stakeholders, such as family members and carers, advocates, and … Continued

    Volunteer, Les, shows age is no barrier

    Today is the United Nations’ International Volunteer Day, a day to raise awareness about the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world, such as social isolation. At Resthaven Mitcham, Les May is living proof that age is no barrier to volunteering and making a difference in the lives of others. Les … Continued