• Aged Care Nursing ‘Rewarding, Challenging, Life Changing’

    After a 50+ year nursing career, Resthaven Clinical Educator Workforce Development, Julie Tansing, knows a thing or two about nursing – and she ‘wholeheartedly recommends’ a career in aged care. Starting as a trainee at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Julie worked in hospitals, the community and in doctor’s clinics for the first part of her … Continued

    85th Anniversary celebration at Dunluce Castle

    A celebration fit for a queen at Dunluce Castle

    On 27 October, Resthaven Community Respite Services celebrated Resthaven’s 85th anniversary in 2020 with a celebration event at Dunluce Castle in Brighton. Manager, Carole Matthews, says, ‘Clients and staff alike enjoyed a lovely Devonshire tea, fellowship, and even some “sit down dancing”.’ ‘One client, Mr Ken Bock, particularly enjoyed the day, reminiscing about working at … Continued

    Art show to celebrate Resthaven’s 85th birthday

    On 19 October, to celebrate Resthaven’s 85th anniversary in 2020, the residents of Resthaven Marion showcased their artistic talents at a special event at the home at 10 Township Road. The highlight of the day was the unveiling of a 1.5m mosaic piece by Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Darren Birbeck, and Manager Residential Services, Stephanie … Continued

    Royal Commission

    The final hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was held on Thursday and Friday last week. More than 10,000 submissions have been received from the public and multiple hearings, workshops, community forums, meetings and roundtables have been held across the country. The Royal Commission has published eight background papers, fourteen … Continued

    2020 Resthaven Leabrook tipping competition

    May the best tip win!

    The 2020 AFL season may have been quieter than usual, but that wasn’t going to stop the Resthaven Leabrook ‘footy tippers’ celebrating the end of the season with a party.* Lifestyle Coordinator, Sorina Pap, says, ‘Despite the challenges of this year’s footy season, we kept going, with 24 tippers taking part in our competition this … Continued

    COVID-19 Update – 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 Care Facilities (RACF) No. 11) (COVID-19) Direction 2020, enacted … Continued

    A ‘Wall of pom poms’ for Dementia Action Week

    For Dementia Action Week (21-27 September), staff at Resthaven Northern Community Services* created a ‘wall of pom poms’ at their centre at 16 Gillingham Road, Elizabeth. Manager, Karen Hammond, says, ‘Our pom pom wall is up in our visitor waiting room, where the colourful pom poms can be enjoyed by all.’ ‘Everyone was invited to … Continued

    ‘Men on the Move’ social group visit Bend Motorsport Park

    ‘Men on the Move’ go racing

    The Resthaven Marion Community Services ‘Men on the Move’ Social Group recently lived up to their name, visiting the Bend Motorsport Park for a day of hot laps! Coordinator, Susan-Jane Billing, says, ‘The gents were delighted to visit this world-class motorsport facility, located in Tailem Bend.’ ‘We enjoyed a tour of the museum, where we … Continued

    Show Day at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park

    In mid-September, the Resthaven Aberfoyle Park site community celebrated their annual ‘Show Day’. Lifestyle Assistant, JoJo, says, ‘Even though the Royal Adelaide Show was cancelled, that wasn’t going to stop us from holding our own special event – with physical distancing and hygiene measures in place of course.’ ‘The day was a great success; in … Continued

    Poppy Power! 200 Knitted Poppies and Counting | Aged Care Online

    The Resthaven Western Community Services social group is putting their formidable knitting skills into action, creating more than 200 knitted poppies to distribute to friends on Remembrance Day – and they’re still going!
    SOURCE: Poppy Power! 200 Knitted Poppies and Counting |  Aged Care Online

    Code-cracking during World War II

    Code-cracking Marj

    Mrs Marj Thornton (98) of Resthaven Port Elliot has many interesting stories—but one of the most fascinating is her role in cracking the famous ‘Enigma’ during World War II. Born in Birmingham, England, in 1921, Marj says, ‘My story really begins in 1942. Birmingham was a large city in the heart of the industrial midlands. … Continued

    200 knitted poppies to distribute to friends on Remembrance Day

    Poppy Power! 200 knitted poppies and counting…

    The Resthaven Western Community Services ‘social group’ is putting their formidable knitting skills into action, creating more than 200 knitted poppies to distribute to friends on Remembrance Day – and they’re still going! Coordinator, Rebbecca Bratovich, says, ‘With this year being somewhat chaotic and challenging, we wanted to spread a little goodwill to our community.’ … Continued

    100th Birthday Celebrations

    Many happy returns to Mrs Katherine (Kay) Crichton, who celebrated her 100th birthday on 8 September, 2020. Kay is supported to live independently in her retirement living unit by Resthaven Onkaparinga Community Services. Born in Blantyre, ten miles out of Glasgow, Kay was the eldest of six kids. ‘My mum and dad married when mum … Continued