• What are the stories that define us?

    One of the great joys of working with older people is listening and learning from them when they share the stories of their past. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is not always the significant world events that matter to them the most, rather the personal stories of triumph, survival and resilience. Some share their sporting successes … Continued

    Macramé plant holders created by the craft group at Resthaven Marion Community Services


    Macramé Madness!

    Clients of the Resthaven Marion Community Services craft group have created hand-knotted macramé plant holders, just in time for spring. Coordinator, Susan-Jane Billing, says, ‘The craft group, which meets weekly on Mondays at our centre at 43 Finniss Street, Marion, are supported by Therapy Assistant, Sue Deal, to develop craft projects that will stimulate their … Continued

    Resthaven Leabrook Show Day


    The show must go on

    Residents of Resthaven Leabrook didn’t let the cancellation of the Royal Adelaide Show dampen their spirits, with the home holding their own ‘Resthaven Leabrook Show Day’ instead! On 22 September, residents, staff, and volunteers joined together for this festive annual event – albeit with physical distancing and extra hygiene measures in place. Lifestyle Coordinator, Sorina … Continued

    Flower arranging activity at Resthaven Mount Gambier


    Bringing in the sweet scent of spring

    In September, residents of Resthaven Mount Gambier, at 24 Elizabeth Street, Mount Gambier, celebrated the beginning of spring with a flower arranging activity. Lifestyle Coordinator, Trudyanne Bedson, says, ‘The flowers were generously donated by local business, Lima & Co.’ ‘We sincerely thank them for their generosity.’ ‘The flowers were beautiful, and residents loved arranging them … Continued

    COVID-19 Update-Residential Care

    Visiting Resthaven residential aged care homes Current visiting arrangements at Resthaven: Visiting hours are: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm Weekends and Public Holidays between 1 pm – 3 pm  All visitors must comply with the entry requirements and visitor restrictions as required by the South Australian (SA) Emergency Management (Residential Aged … Continued

    Resthaven supports international research on frailty

    Dr Mark Thompson is a post-doctoral research fellow and occupational therapist with the University of Adelaide. He was the lead author on a recent article published in ‘Age and Ageing’, one of the world’s leading journals on the health of older adults. This research was supported by Resthaven and used data from the North West … Continued

    ‘Thank you’ from 21 year old Resthaven scholarship recipient

    Third year Bachelor of Physiotherapy student, 21 year old Liam McCabe, is a wonderful example of how the Resthaven 80th anniversary scholarship program benefits not just students, but the future aged care workforce, and older people requiring support. Liam says, ‘I am in my third year of Physiotherapy (Hons) at the University of South Australia.’ … Continued

    Resthaven scholarships shape lives, futures

    One of the ways in which Resthaven supports the future aged care workforce is through the provision of scholarships at all three major South Australian universities. These were funded in celebration of Resthaven’s 80th anniversary in 2015 and continue. The current group of scholarship recipients from the University of South Australia share their thoughts on … Continued

    Nurse, Social Worker, Author: Beth’s Story

    Lifelong learning is vital according to Mrs Beth Robertson of Resthaven Malvern, who gained a Diploma of Arts – her third tertiary qualification – when she was 88 years old. Now 94, Beth is writing her life story, a 50,000 word manuscript, due to be published in late 2020. Now that’s what we call getting … Continued

    ‘Thank You’ from a family

    A family recently reached out to the Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services team to thank them for the ‘calm and professional support’ provided to their parents by Coordinator, Jane Sweeney. The family wrote: ‘In conjunction with my parents, we initially interviewed several home care providers to set up a Home Care Package.’ ‘We were … Continued

    85th Anniversary Celebrations at Resthaven Craigmore

    On Friday 28 August, Resthaven Craigmore celebrated Resthaven’s 85th anniversary year with a birthday party at the home at 200 Adams Road, Craigmore. Manager, Jane Perry, says, ‘Residents celebrated Resthaven’s milestone birthday with a festive party in the Hall, whilst still of course practicing all the appropriate physical distancing and COVID-safe measures.’ ‘The room was … Continued

    Stuey and Huxley a cheerful therapy team | Aged Care Online

    Huxley, the therapy dog of Resthaven Marion Community Services*, continues to delight clients. He first started visiting in May 2019. However, he’s not the only animal star at the site: meet ‘Stuart Little,’ or ‘Stuey,’ the ragdoll cat.
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    Stuey and Huxley – pet therapy for older people


    Stuey and Huxley a cheerful therapy team

    Huxley, the therapy dog of Resthaven Marion Community Services*, continues to delight clients. He first started visiting in May 2019 (Read Huxley’s first visit story here). However, he’s not the only animal star at the site: meet ‘Stuart Little,’ or ‘Stuey,’ the ragdoll cat. Manager, Lee Bennetts, says, ‘Stuey belongs to Program Assistant, Shelley, who … Continued