• Friday Club Fun with Eddie the Labradoodle

    On Friday 26 June, Resthaven Marion Community Services, at 43 Finniss Street, Marion, celebrated the return of their ‘Friday Club’ with a visit from special guest, Eddie the Labradoodle, and his human, Nick. Social Groups Coordinator, Susan-Jane Billing, says, ‘Eddie was delighted to show our Friday Club guests how beautifully trained and well-mannered he is.’ … Continued

    Resthaven’s processes for managing resident outings

    On Friday, 19 June 2020, changes under the Emergency Management Act 2004 within South Australia, in respect to the outbreak of COVID-19, under section 25, Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No. 5 (COVID-19) Direction) no longer limits residents from leaving their aged care home. This was a significant outcome. The following day, 20 June … Continued

    Clinical Excellence at Resthaven

    Resthaven’s Clinical Services team works hard to support the care needs of around 2,000 older people living at Resthaven residential aged care homes and in their own homes across South Australia. For this reason, the Resthaven Senior Manager Clinical Services role is of critical importance to the wellbeing of staff and consumers alike. Luckily, the … Continued

    Public art installed at Resthaven Leabrook

    A beautiful sculpture depicting a grandfather and grandson walking along a wall, by local artist, Gerry McMahon, has been installed at Resthaven Leabrook, on the corner of Kensington and Glynburn Roads. The sculpture was commissioned by Resthaven as part of the major redevelopment of the home, which was completed in May 2020. Gerry’s beautiful artwork … Continued

    Invaluable workers overlooked

    I have great admiration for the people who work in aged care, particularly those with the opportunity to provide direct care and support to those in need. This important work makes a difference to people’s lives every day. Retaining staff in the sector can be difficult, especially when wages do not compare favourably with other … Continued

    Update to the South Australian Emergency Management Direction for Residential Aged Care Facilities

    In March 2020, a major emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act 2004 due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Pursuant to section 23 of this Act, there have been Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities – COVID-19 Directions in place. Resthaven’s residential services are required to follow these directions. Late yesterday, further updates were … Continued

    Flexibility and Empathy in Palliative Care

    Resthaven Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Peter Jenkin, says that ‘flexibility and empathy are just as important as technical skills when it comes to providing good end of life care’. Peter, who has worked as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Resthaven for almost nine years, reflects on several occurrences in the early 1990s, which steered … Continued

    Monash University study identifies ways for providers to prevent infections in residential care | The Weekly Source

    The study by Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS) has identified a number of issues that increase the risk of infection in residential care. Source: In-house pharmacists, access to hospital in the home, clinical training for carers: Monash University study identifies ways for providers to prevent infections in residential care | The Weekly … Continued

    Knitted Blankets for the Homeless

    Residents, staff and volunteers of Resthaven Aberfoyle Park are continuing their project of knitting warm woollen blankets for the homeless. The initiative started back in early 2019 and continues to go from strength to strength. Acting Lifestyle Coordinator, Nav Kaur, says, ‘Working with donated wool, residents knit squares and lengths, which are then sewn together.’ … Continued

    Heart Warming Knitted Blankets for the Homeless | Aged Care Online

    Residents, staff and volunteers of Resthaven Aberfoyle Park are continuing their project of knitting warm woollen blankets for the homeless. The initiative started back in early 2019, and continues to go from strength to strength.
    Source: Heart Warming: Knitted Blankets for the Homeless | Aged Care Online
     

    Community Services – COVID-19 Update

    Resthaven Community Services provide essential services and continue to support people living at home. Resthaven staff will contact clients to discuss their choices and preferences regarding the support they choose to receive as restrictions ease.  Anyone wishing to access aged care and support at home is encouraged to call 1300 13 66 33 to enquire … Continued

    Information for Visitors to Resthaven Residential Aged Care Homes

    Resthaven continues to monitor visitors to Resthaven Residential Aged Care homes in accordance with the state government direction, which prescribes no more than two visitors, only once per day, for each resident. We request family and friends liaise with each other to coordinate visits to avoid disappointment. Visiting hours are from 1 – 3 pm, … Continued

    Two Staff, 82 Years of Service at Resthaven Marion

    Resthaven farewelled two very long-serving Resthaven Marion staff members into retirement, who, between them, have completed 82 years of service to the Resthaven Marion community. Jo Ford and Mira Trett, both of the housekeeping team, have served 38 years and 44 years respectively. What an amazing achievement! Manager Residential Services, Stephanie Steensma, says, ‘Both Jo … Continued