• Resthaven community client rediscovers love of craft

    A stitch in time: Lesley and Lynette

    Resthaven Northern Community Services client, Lynette, is rediscovering her love of craft and regaining cognitive capacity, thanks to the support of Home Support Worker, Lesley Lamb. Manager, Karen Hammond, says, ‘Lynette lives with Alzheimer’s disease. She is supported by her husband, Allan, and has terrific family support from their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.’ ‘However, … Continued

    From Finance to Aged Care – Julian’s career story.

    Encore Career with Heart

    After 25 years in the finance industry, Julian Sporne (Assistant Manager, Resthaven Community Respite Services), needed a change of focus from dollars to people. ‘In 2014, I had a complete change of career and became a Home Support Worker with Resthaven,’ says Julian. ‘It was a huge culture shift for me to work in the … Continued

    Derek enjoys Resthaven’s exercise and social groups

    ‘A Feeling of Freedom’ for Derek

    Resthaven supports more than 10,000 older people who live at home throughout metropolitan Adelaide and in rural South Australia. An important aspect of the support Resthaven offers aims to improve and maintain the ability to do everyday things. This might be through improved health and mobility, connecting with past or new friends, and enjoying the … Continued

    Twins Celebrate 98th Birthday at Resthaven Murray Bridge

    On 24 February 2020, Mrs Shirley Brown of Resthaven Paradise travelled to Resthaven Murray Bridge at 53 Swanport Road, to celebrate her 98th birthday with her twin sister, Mrs Marion Lewis. Manager, Debbie Lindner, says, ‘Shirley lives at Resthaven Paradise, and arrived in a taxi at 11am with her daughter, Annette, to celebrate with her … Continued

    Henny Penny Brings Joy to Resthaven Clients | Aged Care Online

    Over two weeks in early 2020, Resthaven Marion Community Services at 43 Finniss Street, Marion, hosted a ‘Henny Penny Hatching’ incubator, to the delight of clients visiting the centre for their wellness support.
    Source: Henny Penny Brings Joy to Resthaven Clients | Aged Care Online

    Commitment of Love Ceremony for Valentine’s Day

    On Friday 14 February, the Resthaven Marion Community Services ‘Friday Club’ held a ‘commitment of love ceremony’ for two members, Jennifer and Geoffrey. Coordinator, Susan-Jane Billing, says, ‘The couple are partners in life, but not married. Clients came up with the idea of a commitment ceremony for Valentine’s Day, and they happily agreed!’ ‘The ceremony, … Continued

    ‘Reablement’ – what does it mean?

    Bureaucrats love creating words. The assumption is that people will know what they mean. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is exploring solutions and models to improve the aged care sector. A suggestion is that care and support should focus on ‘wellness and reablement.’ So – what is ‘reablement’? The Government uses … Continued

    Skilling South Australia helps build vital aged care skills | Premier of South Australia

    Under the Skilling South Australia program, 9 training projects worth $1.4 million are underway, including a partnership with Resthaven. Resthaven Workforce Development Manager Tom Cleghorn said Home Support Workers play an important role in assisting people to stay living at home and leading an independent lifestyle. The project will help more employees gain the appropriate … Continued

    Board President Launches 85th Anniversary Events

    In 2020, Resthaven proudly celebrates 85 years of service to older people living in South Australia. ‘Resthaven’s purpose has always been to serve older people, and understanding this heritage points the way forward to the future,’ said President of the Resthaven Board, Mark Porter, who joined Resthaven Head Office staff and program managers to officially … Continued

    Board President recognises long serving CEO

    Today, Mark Porter, President of the Resthaven Board, said, ‘It is with genuine sadness and a sense of anticipation that I inform you Resthaven’s long serving Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn, has announced his intention to retire this year.’ ‘Richard has given thirty-four years of exemplary service to Resthaven, and the organisation’s success and standing … Continued

    It’s time. Resthaven CEO announces his retirement

    A note of appreciation to those in the service of others

    I very much appreciate the kind remarks that Resthaven Board President, Mark Porter, offered following my announcement today that I will retire from Resthaven in 2020. I commenced with Resthaven on 10th February 1986. It was a wonderful career move for me, and I subsequently became the CEO in 1994. Throughout my working life, I … Continued

    Thriving in Retirement

    It's a Joy!

    Jeannie Peace, Resthaven Retirement Living Coordinator, explains the joy she feels in her role when she helps people thrive in their retirement by assisting them with a move from the family home. ‘It really is rewarding to be able to offer people a more manageable home, without the maintenance and gardening of a large home. … Continued

    Diversity Presentation at Westbourne Park

    In 2020, Resthaven Multicultural Services Officer, Priscilla de Pree is visiting Resthaven homes across South Australia to inform residents on Resthaven’s Diversity Action Plan. Priscilla’s first visit was to Resthaven Westbourne Park on 14 January 2020, where she spoke with a group of around 30 residents. Priscilla says, ‘I showed the group Resthaven’s Diversity Action … Continued