• Preventing hospitalisation due to falls

    ‘Having to go to hospital is traumatic for anyone, and especially so for older people. Any steps that can be taken to prevent unnecessary hospitalisations is a positive step in the right direction,’ says Resthaven Executive Manager Residential Services, Tina Cooper. ‘That is why Resthaven is delighted to continue our work together with Monash University’s … Continued

    More action is needed

    On 31 October, the interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety confirmed the need for significant structural, financial and workforce reform. Three urgent recommended actions were to reduce the Home Care Package waitlist, minimise chemical restraint, and find alternative options for younger people with a disability in aged care. I add … Continued

    Community Information Session on Aged Care Rights

    On Tuesday 26 November, senior Resthaven staff presented at a free information session at McCracken Country Club, Victor Harbor, to inform attendees about the new Charter of Aged Care Rights. Resthaven Senior Manager Community Services, Grant White, and Assistant Manager Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu Community Services, Joan Martin, were members of the panel who … Continued

    Project PREVENT highlights opportunities to avoid fall-related hospitalisations – Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Resthaven Incorporated and Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences have collaborated to proactively identify new strategies to prevent falls and fall-related hospitalisations.
     
    Source: Project PREVENT highlights opportunities to avoid fall-related hospitalisations – Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Resthaven at the 2019 Feast Festival

    Last week, Resthaven got into the festival spirit by attending Feast Festival family fun days in Adelaide and Christies Beach. Held in November each year, the Feast Festival is a LGBTI Arts and Cultural Festival that celebrates pride and diversity. On Saturday, staff manned a stall at Rotary Park, Christies Beach, taking part in the … Continued

    40 years of crochet – and more!

    Mrs Betty Martin of Resthaven Mitcham is 92 years young. With her youthful approach to life, she continues her 40 year interest of crochet. Resthaven Mitcham Lifestyle Coordinator, Sylvia Ortiz, says, ‘Betty collects balls of wool and remnants to crochet into squares, which she then crochets together to make knee rugs for those less fortunate.’ … Continued

    Farmer Darcy visits Resthaven Port Elliot

    On 8 October, the ‘Farmer Darcy’ travelling farm visited Resthaven Port Elliot. ‘Farmer Darcy’, a regular visitor to the home, brought along a variety of small animals for residents to touch and hold. All are rescued farm animals. They included a calf, baby alpaca, piglet, lamb, several baby goats, and a variety of chickens and … Continued

    A musical day out to enjoy the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

    On 31 October, more than 40 Resthaven Northern Community Services clients were supported to attend a special performance of Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’ by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the Adelaide Town Hall. Led by Artist in Association, the legendary Pinchas Zukerman, this Master Series 9 ‘Enigma Variations’ are inspired by real people, friends of the … Continued

    Diversity in Art – and Everywhere

    To celebrate the 2019 ‘Zest Fest’ festival (14-28 October), Resthaven Community Respite Services guests created an art installation entitled Diversity and Harmony, made out of recycled bottle caps. Manager, Carole Matthews, says, ‘The project was created by Community Respite’s “The Shed” participants, and aims to show how communities can recognise their inherent diversity.’ ‘The three … Continued

    Thank you, Resthaven Bellevue Heights


    ‘Thank you’ from a family

    The family of a Resthaven Bellevue Heights resident recently contacted Resthaven, to thank staff for the care given to their father by the ‘truly wonderful staff,’ prior to his passing away in late 2019. The family says, ‘We always knew our parents were safe [at Resthaven].’ ‘The staff and leadership teams were always easy to … Continued

    Diversity in Art – and Everywhere | Aged Care Online

    To celebrate the 2019 ‘Zest Fest’ festival (14-28 October), Resthaven Community Respite Services guests created an art installation entitled Diversity and Harmony, made out of recycled bottle caps.
    Source: Diversity in Art – and Everywhere | Aged Care Online

    Resthaven Marion Community Services Open Day

    On Wednesday 30 October, more than 70 attendees braved the heat to enjoy the Resthaven Marion Community Services Open Day. ‘Everyone put lots of effort into making this event successful,’ says Dorota Mazurczak, Relieving Assistant Manager Community Services. ‘The stalls looked fabulous, and the atmosphere was very inviting, friendly and relaxed. All visitors felt very … Continued

    CEO Opinion: Interim Report into Aged Care Quality & Safety


    Resthaven CEO, Richard Hearn, shares his thoughts on the Aged Care Quality and Safety Interim Report.

    On Thursday 31 October, the Interim Report into Aged Care Quality and Safety by the Royal Commissioners was released. This interim report confirms the need for significant structural, financial and workforce reform in the aged care sector. We have been advocating for reform for years, acknowledging that appropriate resourcing is fundamental to a sustainable industry … Continued

    Diwali Celebrations at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park

    On Monday 28 October, staff at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park organised a celebration in honour of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Indian and Nepalese staff cooked a traditional lunch for all staff to share, and dressed in traditional cultural outfits with accompanying jewellery. Staff then put on a bollywood-style dance for residents, and everyone had … Continued

    G-TRAC Award Winner

    On Friday 11 October, Mark Thompson, of the University of Adelaide’s Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (G-TRAC) Centre based on campus at Resthaven Paradise, won the ‘Best Oral Presentation: Clinical Higher Degree Students Prize’. Mark was presented the award by the Hon Stephen Wade MLC, Minister for Health and Wellbeing at The Queen … Continued

    Diversity in Aged Care

    Diversity is a strong and celebrated aspect of our community. In aged care, as in all society, people may have particular needs because of their individual lived experiences, which can translate to special considerations and personal needs in relation to aged care services. Aspects of diversity to take into consideration include an individual’s cultural heritage; … Continued