• Sylvia encourages employee engagement

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome Sylvia Powell to Resthaven, in the role of Executive Manager People and Culture. Sylvia commenced in August. Sylvia’s most recent position was General Manager People and Culture for Eldercare, a position that she held since May 2016. Prior to that, she worked with the University of South … Continued

    Glenda reflects on 25 year volunteer career

    When 25-year Resthaven volunteer, Glenda McDonald, decided it was time to move into residential aged care, the obvious choice was Resthaven. After all, she says, ‘I feel part of the place.’ A trained nurse, Glenda started her volunteering career with Resthaven later in life, when her children were a little older and she wanted to … Continued

    Picture perfect postcards at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park

    Mrs Juanita McCallum, a resident of Resthaven Aberfoyle Park, is to thank for a new initiative at the home to provide postcards for residents to send to families and friends. The postcards, which depict professional photos of Resthaven Aberfoyle Park, are sold for minimal cost at reception, with all proceeds going towards the lifestyle program. … Continued

    Older people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect

    Protecting the most frail, vulnerable, older individuals who need specialised and complex care and support in residential care is a major concern for our society, not just aged care providers. As our population ages, the need for these services will continue to grow, and it is imperative that we meet this demand with high-quality care. … Continued

    ‘Tree of Hope’ at Resthaven Western Community Services

    Clients of Resthaven Western Community Services at 96 Woodville Road, Woodville, have created a ‘Tree of Hope’ during their Wednesday Social Group, depicting positive images to remember in these challenging times. Coordinator, Rebbecca Bratovich, who facilitates the group, says, ‘With the recent return of in-person social groups – with strict social distancing measures in place … Continued

    85th Anniversary Celebration at Resthaven Mount Gambier

    This year marks Resthaven’s 85th anniversary, and, on 5 August, Resthaven Mount Gambier celebrated this milestone with a festive event at the home at 24 Elizabeth Street, Mount Gambier. Lifestyle Coordinator, Trudyanne Bedson, says, ‘Due to COVID-19, the celebrations were different to how we planned them at the start of this year, however, we were … Continued

    A Life Less Ordinary

    For Mrs Ralda Raddon of Resthaven Mount Gambier, flying planes and riding horses were just a normal part of life growing up in rural NSW. Mrs Raddon was born in Broken Hill in 1929, the youngest of three – one brother and two sisters. Sadly she is the only surviving sibling. She describes how her … Continued

    COVID-19 Update – Residential Care

    Planning and preparation for notification of a confirmed COVID-19 positive person at a Resthaven residential home From observing events elsewhere in Australia and globally, we are all aware that the impact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result can be very significant for a residential aged care home community. Resthaven continues to regularly review the … Continued

    Working in aged care gives Sam career opportunities

    Sam Pratt, Resthaven Mount Gambier Care Coordinator, is one of the thousands of dedicated aged care employees who support older people across the Limestone Coast to live their best lives. Sam, who started as a Personal Care Assistant with Resthaven Mount Gambier in 2014, completed her nursing studies at the University of South Australia Mount … Continued

    ‘Lots of career opportunities at Resthaven’

    Resthaven Westbourne Park Clinical Nurse, Finela Laluces, 27, has gone from strength to strength in the six years since she began working with Resthaven. Originally from the Philippines, where she worked as a nurse, Finela underwent two years of further study upon arrival in Australia in 2014. ‘I started as a Personal Care Assistant as … Continued

    ‘In aged care, every day is a new day’


    Jasmine Fox, Enrolled Nurse; A story of career progression.

    Resthaven Westbourne Park Enrolled Nurse, Jasmine Fox, has worked for Resthaven for eighteen years – and she still loves her job now just as much as when she started. ‘I started as a Housekeeping Assistant at Resthaven Marion, serving breakfast and lunch,’ she says. ‘I then worked in a relieving role for a while, before … Continued

    ‘Thank you’ from a family

    The wife of a Resthaven Aberfoyle Park resident has contacted Resthaven to thank staff for their ‘caring, friendly’ approach in their support of her husband. ‘My husband is a resident, and we can’t speak highly enough about every department of this excellent nursing home,’ she says. ‘It was emotionally difficult for him to move from … Continued

    Stay vigilant and safe!

    The COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care homes in Victoria and New South Wales are a sobering reminder that we must all stay vigilant during this pandemic. Recent events demonstrate how rapidly circumstances can change. We cannot afford to become complacent about COVID-19. Continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing by staying 1.5 metres apart … Continued