• Marj shares her secret to reaching 100

    As Mrs Marjorie “Marj” Holman celebrates her 100th birthday on 1 October, she reflects on her life full of faith, volunteering and travelling, sharing her secret to reaching her centenarian milestone. The second child of Roy and Lucy, Marj was born and raised on the family farm in a small mid-north town, along with her … Continued

    Happy 100th Birthday, Mary!

    Many happy returns to Mrs Ruth (Mary) Garner of Resthaven Marion, who celebrated her 100th birthday on 23 September, 2021. Mary’s association with Resthaven began long before she moved in three years ago – her mother, Miriam Harris, was one of Resthaven Marion’s earliest residents, moving in shortly after the home opened in 1974. Before … Continued

    Aged Care leads the way | CEO opinion piece

    As the nation continues to progress towards the 80% target for COVID-19 vaccination, it is worth acknowledging that apart from a relatively small number of exceptions, residential aged care workers have already achieved 100% for their first dose.  Meanwhile, aged care staff who work in the community are also well on the way to being … Continued

    The carers behind dementia

    During Dementia Action Week (20-26 September), it is important that we look at the role of unpaid carers, and the change required to support them. On 20 September, The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released their Dementia in Australia 2021 report, the first large scale government report on dementia in Australia. The report … Continued

    Social group clients surprise manager with latest project

    Clients at Resthaven Onkaparinga Community Services have been thoroughly enjoying the Creative Connections Social Group, recently surprising the Manager, Manule Harpas, with one of their latest art projects. Coordinator Community Services, Jodi Brabon, says, ‘The group have been having so much fun lately, and are constantly experimenting with different art techniques.’ ‘More recently, they have … Continued

    Clients ‘still as much in love as the day we were married’

    Happy anniversary to Resthaven Northern Community Services clients, Mr Ron and Pauline Hall, who have recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. Looking back on their lives together, Mrs Hall remembers, ‘we met at work in England all those years ago. Ron was a packer at the chemist [J.C. Arfield Manufacturing Chemist, Stockport], after recently returning … Continued

    A rising star employee at Resthaven Craigmore

    Having started her role as an Enrolled Nurse with Resthaven more than six months ago, Eloise Head has proven herself to be a rising star at Resthaven Craigmore, inspiring others along the way. Sylvia Powell, Executive Manager People and Culture, took notice of Eloise, explaining ‘Eloise is motivated, positive and collaborative. She will always chip … Continued

    The Fleurieu Peninsula is the most popular retirement destination in South Australia

    Sue McKechnie, Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services, says, ‘Resthaven continues to expand in the Fleurieu Pensinsula, as the relaxed lifestyle attracts retirees from all over South Australia.’ ‘Recent findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in the Regional population by age and sex, 2020 | Australian Bureau of Statistics (abs.gov.au) report indicates that the Fleurieu … Continued

    Short Term Restorative Care Places announced

    Sue McKechnie, Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services, says, ‘We are delighted that Resthaven received an additional 20 Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) places in the last ACAR funding round.’ This is a great outcome that will enable us to continue to meet demand for high quality services that support older people to live independently in … Continued

    Minds matter in dementia care

    Resthaven Onkaparinga Community Services Manager, Manule Harpas, says, ‘I am thrilled to announce that on Tuesday 21 September 2021, World Alzheimer’s Day, we will launch our highly recommended Making Minds Matter (MMM) cognitive stimulation therapy program.’ ‘Interested clients are invited to visit us at 3 James Clark Road, Noarlunga, between 11am and 1pm to find … Continued

    Aged care opportunities in the Limestone Coast

    On 7 September 2021, the Limestone Coast Local Health Network, Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, City of Mount Gambier, Study Adelaide and UniSA invited Resthaven to meet forty-seven international students. These students are currently undertaking their studies in health and allied health and are particularly interested in gaining employment in the Limestone Coast. The students … Continued

    Giving back to the community

    Resthaven Mitcham’s social group, ‘Knit and Knatter’, recently completed their first project for the homeless, empowering them to give back to the community in an important way. Resthaven Mitcham Lifestyle Coordinator, Sylvia Ortiz says, ‘A few of the residents love knitting, and so a knitting group was formed.’ ‘Late last year, the ladies were talking … Continued

    Resthaven thrives in career progression

    Since beginning her career with Resthaven four and a half years ago, Sarah Porker has felt supported and encouraged to grow within the organisation, recently being appointed to the position of Continence Nurse Advisor. ‘I started with Resthaven Northern Community Services as a Registered Nurse Coordinator, working with Home Care Package clients in wound care … Continued

    Making a difference in the lives of older people

    Ask anyone working in aged care and they will tell you that it is the older people they support who give them the most joy. The close bonds that are formed, the stories and jokes they share, the kindness and gratitude expressed for the care and support provided means a great deal. There are countless … Continued

    Social group welcomes special puppy visit

    Clients of Resthaven Riverland Community Services ended their week with the new Men’s Group’s very first session – ‘Puppers and Pizza’. Resthaven Riverland Community Services Assistant Manager, Gina Stephenson, saw the opportunity to bring along her four rescue dogs, Molly, Jake, Poppy and Ned, who clients constantly ask about. ‘I regularly bring in Molly [black … Continued