• ‘Thank you’ from a client

    A Resthaven Marion Community Services client has contacted us to ‘personally express’ their ‘gratitude and thanks for having been able to participate in the [Resthaven Short Term Restorative Care] program.’ The client says, ‘It was organised competently, and run very effectively by the staff at Resthaven Marion Community Services.’ ‘I wish to highlight several specialists … Continued

    Anzac Day across Resthaven

    This week, Resthaven residential and community services sites supported residents and clients to commemorate Anzac Day in a variety of ways. At the residential homes, moving services were held, but in adapted formats, so as to adhere to important social distancing requirements. Displays were created in honour of the ANZACs, with many residents contributing artwork, photographs, and memorabilia. … Continued

    100th birthday celebrated at Resthaven Malvern


    ‘Keeping mum safe’ on her special day

    Many happy returns to Mrs Elizabeth Gould, who celebrated her 100th birthday at Resthaven Malvern on 28 April with a ‘window birthday party’ due to COVID-19 visitor restrictions. Elizabeth was seated in the front foyer area as her family celebrated outside the window, communicating with a white board and coordinating with the site staff to … Continued

    Knitted Jumpers for Newborns

    Answering an advertisement more than 15 years ago entitled ‘Knitters Alert,’ 86-year-old Joan Barty of Loxton set out on a mission. It was no ordinary request for help; this was an urgent call to knit jumpers for newborn babies in South Africa who had been born with AIDS. For the past 15 years, Mrs Joan … Continued

    Updated visitor guidelines


    Revised measures for COVID‐19 Pandemic Visitor Restrictions

    Note: This information is superseded by subsequent notifications. Please visit this page for the latest information.  A further update regarding visitor restrictions in Resthaven residential aged care homes, having given formal regard to the Direction as outlined to by the Chief Executive of the SA Department of Health and Wellbeing in recent days. The Direction is … Continued

    Resthaven announces new CEO | Aged Care Guide

    Resthaven has revealed Darren Birbeck as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the South Australian aged care organisation, taking the place of long-serving CEO, Richard Hearn.
    Source: Resthaven announces new CEO – Aged Care Guide 

    From the CEO


    Times of change and renewal

    As I recognised ANZAC Day from home this year, I was reminded of the sacrifice of those brave men and women who have served in times of war. Nurses and the medical corps play an important caring role throughout these conflicts. The first ANZACs fought for our country in the first World War. Those who … Continued

    Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments

    Last month, InDaily reported Resthaven Chief Executive Officer,Richard Hearn, would retire as CEO from the aged care facility after 26 years. Resthaven has since found Hearn’s replacement – Resthaven manager of governance and corporate services Darren Birbeck.

    Source: Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments

    ‘Thank You’ from family and friends


    Keeping residents safe

    We thank all those families and friends of the older people living in Resthaven’s residential aged care homes who have reached out to show their support for Resthaven’s visitor policies during these difficult times. In considering the risks for residents and staff, we took the very difficult decision to cease visitor access on 25 March … Continued

    Further Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic Visitor Restrictions

    Following some recent confusing media announcements by the Prime Minister, other politicians, and the Chief Medical Officer, I write  a further update on the COVID-19 pandemic visitor restrictions at Resthaven. At present, the current visitor restrictions have not changed. No visitors are permitted within our residential homes, with the exception of visiting allowed at the … Continued

    Virtual Volunteering

    Thank you, Bronwyn! Volunteer, Bronwyn Pederson, has made two beautiful wreathes to be used for the site Anzac Day services at Resthaven Leabrook and Westbourne Park. Bronwyn dropped the wreaths at Head Office on 17 April, where they were sent on the to the sites. They were gratefully received by the Lifestyle teams. The handmade … Continued

    The day the Cottage went wild!

    Respite clients at Resthaven Western Community Services’ respite service, Regency Cottage, recently welcomed some really wild visitors! Respite for carers of older people is considered an essential service, so Resthaven’s respite cottages continue their important support during the pandemic, with social distancing measures being adhered to. By using Google Chrome on a compatible tablet or … Continued

    Resthaven Appoints New CEO

    Earlier this year, long serving Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn, announced his intention to retire from the CEO role. The Resthaven Board undertook a national recruitment process to find a suitable candidate to take on this key leadership position that Richard has held for 26 years, with more than 34 years in total at … Continued

    Caring for those living with Parkinson’s

    Resthaven Clinical Nurse Workforce Development, Julie Tansing, reminds us to be aware that people living with Parkinson’s disease are especially at risk in the current climate. ‘People living with Parkinson’s must continue to exercise and have some engagement with others in order to effectively manage their symptoms,’ says Julie. ‘Exercise of some type, and staying engaged … Continued