• ‘When I need quiet time, I go to Resthaven,’ says client

    Nancy and Nadia have found a close friendship through social groups offered to them at Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services. When visiting Nancy and Nadia at Resthaven’s newest respite house, Alexandra Cottage, it was clear that these two friends are ‘joined at the hip’. ‘We met about a year ago, through Ladies Group, which … Continued

    Operation Christmas Child continues at Resthaven

    Independent retirement living residents of Resthaven Bellevue Heights have made an impressive donation to the Operation Christmas Child Initiative, a project they participate in every year. Throughout the year, residents band together, creating a variety of gifts, ready for vulnerable children to open on Christmas Day. Retirement Living Coordinator, Jeannie Peace, says, ‘The preparation extends … Continued

    COVID Vaccinations for Aged Care Workers

    COVID Vaccinations for Aged Care Workers From 30 November 2021, in-home and community aged care workers must have received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination and received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the … Continued

    Long-lost friends reconnect through Resthaven

    On 14 October, two clients of Resthaven Northern Community Services were given the rare opportunity to reconnect after losing touch years ago through a social group luncheon. ‘Maureen is a regular at the social group, but this was Jeanne’s first appearance – and she nearly didn’t go!’ ‘Jeanne’s Home Support Worker encouraged her to come … Continued

    Resthaven clients celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

    On 6 October, Resthaven clients, Mr Des and Mrs Helen Hansen, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Both Mr and Mrs Hansen grew up in the Cooke Plains near Murray Bridge, South Australia, meeting through a common interest in sport, particularly horse racing. Soon after meeting, Mr Hansen asked his Helen to marry him. ‘We married … Continued

    Melbourne Cup at Resthaven Murray Bridge

    On 3 November, residents of Resthaven Murray Bridge celebrated the Melbourne Cup in style. Lifestyle Coordinator, Soraya Fitzgerald, says, ‘We all enjoyed watching the races from the big screen – it felt like we were there!’ ‘Residents enjoyed a glass of champagne, with nibbles, and were encouraged to don their best fascinators and hats to … Continued

    The digital divide widens | CEO opinion piece

    The digital divide between people with access to the internet, smart phones and personal computers, and those who don’t, is widening all the time. It doesn’t take long for new technologies to become confusing, especially when you are not exposed to them on a regular basis. Many older people had retired well before there was … Continued

    Nursing student thankful to have found Resthaven

    Having commenced her career as a Personal Care Assistant at Resthaven Leabrook in 2009, Bindia Arora has progressed from a university student, to a nearly fully qualified professional in the industry. Studying a Bachelor of Nursing on a part-time basis, Bindia came across Resthaven after expressing interest in the aged care industry. ‘I began doing … Continued

    Client thankful to receive Resthaven home care services

    Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services client, Margaret, enjoys the benefits she receives to live independently at home, and as a bonus, has made some friends along the way. Included in Margaret’s Home Care Package, she receives services twice a week, assisting her with housework, showers, walks, shopping and transport. Every Monday, she enjoys being … Continued

    Janet Hill: 2021 Volunteer of the Year

    Join us in congratulating Resthaven Aberfoyle Park volunteer, Janet Hill, who, on Friday 22 October, was announced as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the 2021 Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) awards. Manager Volunteer Services, Stacey Thompson, says, ‘This is a wonderful recognition of Janet’s talents, skills and tremendous support.’ Janet is pictured above with … Continued

    60 Years Strong for Brian and Sandra Abbott

    Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Brian and Sandra Abbott of Resthaven Paradise, who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their Resthaven home at 61 Silkes Road, Paradise. The happy couple, who moved into adjoining rooms in July this year, commemorated the occasion with an event in the main hall, arranged by their two daughters. … Continued

    Ladies group invited to Alexandra Cottage (Toorak House)

    On 12 October, the ‘Ladies Group’ of Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services were invited to be the first social group to test out a new respite house at 61 Alexandra Avenue, Toorak Gardens, ‘Alexandra Cottage’ (now known as Toorak House). Funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, both day and overnight respite are offered, … Continued

    Mrs Payne celebrates 100 with friends and family

    On 20 October 2021, Resthaven Onkaparinga Community Services client, Mrs Lorraine Kathleen ‘Joan’ Payne, reaches her 100th milestone with ease, surrounded by family and friends. 100 years ago, Joan began her life in Adelaide, with her parents, and brother, James. ‘In my school years I enjoyed history class, although, I didn’t stay long, leaving when … Continued

    Support for people who care

    This week (10-16 October), we acknowledge carers all around Australia, for the important work that they do. This year’s theme, Millions of Reasons to Care, highlights the 2.65 million unpaid carers around Australia who, among many things, help older people to continue living at home for as long as possible. According to the Australian Institute … Continued

    Ladies pampered in the Limestone Coast

    Clients at Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services enjoyed a full pamper day, courtesy of the carers on-site. Held at Resthaven’s Millicent office, the ladies started their pamper session with a hand massage, foot spa, face mask and mocktails, then headed out for coffee and cake. Limestone Coast Community Services Assistant Manager, Unyetta Raddon, says, ‘Home … Continued

    Marj praises carers for reaching 100

    This week (10-16 October), we acknowledge carers all around Australia, for the important work that they do. Among many things, carers help older people to continue living at home for as long as possible. On October 1 2021, Mrs Marj Holman celebrated her 100th birthday milestone, thanking those who helped her along the way. During … Continued

    Ann (92) shares memories of the Commonwealth Games

    With the 2020-21 Tokyo Olympics just behind us, Resthaven Malvern resident, Mrs Ann Cooper (nee Shanley), shares her story of competing as a sprinter at the 1950 Commonwealth Games (then called the ‘Empire Games’). Mrs Cooper, who moved into Resthaven Malvern in August 2021, recalls that she was a keen runner ‘right from the start! … Continued