• ‘Farewell’ – From the CEO

    Today, I farewell Resthaven after 34 years, 27 of those as CEO. I wish to acknowledge my appreciation of the valued relationships and kindred spirit of the many individuals I have had the good fortune to work with over time. I wish incoming Resthaven CEO, Darren Birbeck, all the best, and trust his experience will … Continued

    A new look for Resthaven Leabrook

    Early this year, work began on upgrading the reception and foyer, managers and administration offices at Resthaven Leabrook. The final stage was handed over on Thursday 30 April, and Emmet O’Donovan, Manager Building and Capital Works, says ‘The whole area looks fantastic.’ ‘I’m really pleased with the result, especially because residents, their families, as well … Continued

    National Palliative Care Week 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus the importance of timely and effective palliative and end-of-life care. This week, 24 May to 30 May 2020, is National Palliative Care Week, with the theme, ‘It’s more than you think.’  This year we are encouraged to focus on celebrating those who work and volunteer in palliative care … Continued

    Consider health and support needs

    Thus far, the response to COVID-19 in South Australia has been exceptional in limiting the transmission of the virus. This achievement reflects the hard work of all those working in health and aged care services, the key leadership of state health authorities, who have responsibility for the overarching public health response, and the implementation of … Continued

    Updates to the State Emergency Management Directions – COVID-19

    The South Australian Police Commissioner has updated the Emergency Management Direction 2020 (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 4), with changes effective today. The current daily visiting times of between 1pm and 3pm remain in place. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation to ensure that all the required screening is completed appropriately prior to your visit. … Continued

    Alison and Mary stay connected

    Volunteer, Alison, is staying connected with people living at Resthaven Craigmore, replacing her usual in person visits with twice weekly telephone calls instead. Alison, who has volunteered at Resthaven Craigmore for almost four years, made the decision to not attend the home during the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health of residents. However, this wasn’t … Continued

    40 Year Volunteer Celebrated

    This week, Resthaven volunteer, Dawn Schaefer, was celebrated for her 40 years of volunteer service with a surprise visit from the Resthaven bus! Dawn, who has supported Resthaven Marion since 1980, and has been staying home for the last couple of months, as recommended, during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this wasn’t going to stop Resthaven … Continued

    Measures for COVID-19 pandemic


    Visiting Arrangements and Screening

    Note: This information is superseded by subsequent notifications. Please visit this page for the latest information.  Older people are more susceptible to contracting and being seriously affected by COVID-19. As we all adapt to the current environment, Resthaven has restricted visitor access to our residential aged care services in line with the SA Police Commissioner’s Directions. … Continued

    ‘Thank you’ to volunteers on National Volunteer Week

    This week (18-25 May) is National Volunteer Week, and Resthaven says ‘thank you’ to volunteers for all that they do. In this, Resthaven’s 85th anniversary year, we reflect on how volunteers have been at the heart of Resthaven since the very beginning. ‘Rest Haven’ was officially opened on 11 May, 1935, when two people volunteered … Continued

    Brightening up the day

    With his loud Hawaiian shirts and sunny disposition, volunteer, Leigh, is known for ‘brightening up’ everyone’s day at Resthaven Mount Gambier. Lifestyle Coordinator, Trudyanne, says, ‘Leigh comes in on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.’ ‘He facilitates a men’s catch up and coffee, provides individual social visits, and holds a history/men’s club on Fridays, with fellow volunteer, … Continued

    Activity Packs Distributed Across Resthaven

    With many social activities currently postponed, both in Resthaven residential aged care homes and throughout the wider community, Resthaven has created a suite of free ‘activity books’ for residents and clients to enjoy. These include short, four page ‘puzzlers’ sent with winter editions of the site newsletters, ‘life story’ booklets for people to record their … Continued

    Supporting our ‘neighbours’

    A new initiative is underway at Resthaven Marion, with ‘helpers’ from the resident community supporting their fellow residents to enjoy lifestyle activities. Lifestyle Coordinator, Sharon Betty, says, ‘The project is proving to be very well received, with many residents putting up their hands up to support their “neighbours” in a variety of ways.’ ‘Several residents … Continued

    ‘Butterfly Wall’ to Thank Nurses

    Residents at Resthaven Marion have created an International Nurses Day display in the site café, to thank nurses on this day, and every other day, for all that they do. Residents couldn’t leave out the valuable contributions of the care workers as well! Lifestyle Coordinator, Sharon Betty, says, ‘This was a heartfelt effort from residents, … Continued

    International Nurses Day 2020

    Celebrating Julie’s 50+ year nursing career on International Nurses Day 2020 has been designated by the World Health Organisation as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and also marks 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale. Resthaven Clinical Nurse Workforce Development, Julie Tansing, who herself celebrates 51 years of nursing this year, … Continued