• A chance to share what I love

    Retirement Living resident, Mrs Josephine ‘Josie’ Wilson, is happily sharing her talent with the community at Resthaven Bellevue Heights. Having joined the Resthaven community back in 2014, Josie soon found an opportunity to not only bring joy to those around her, but to herself. ‘I have been a classical pianist since I was 5 years … Continued

    Veterans in focus

    On ANZAC Day, we have the opportunity to show our respect for the many sacrifices and contributions made by veterans and their families to our country and our way of life. As the veteran community ages, a proportion have complex care needs that require additional, more intensive support. When a veteran has a need, support … Continued

    ‘From Southern Cross to Concorde’, a veteran’s journal

    On 3 August 1930, Mr Neil Player Pearson was born in Pinnaroo, South Australia, spending much of his life serving in the Royal Australian Air Force. Mr Pearson’s daughter, Dian Naraniecki, shares his story with us on Anzac Day, through adapted notes from her father’s journal, reflecting on his time in service. ‘He typed it … Continued

    100-year-old advice from Mrs Young

    On 21 April, resident, Mrs Margaret Young, celebrates her 100th birthday with family at leafy Resthaven Leabrook. Mrs Young was born in the Memorial Hospital in Adelaide in 1922. ‘I grew up with three brothers and one sister, and my father was a doctor.’ She enjoyed school, excelling in her English studies. ‘I graduated high … Continued

    ‘Always look on the bright side,’ says Joan

    On 15 April, Resthaven Community Respite Services client, Mrs Joan Richardson, celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends. Growing up in Prospect with her parents and three siblings, Joan remembers the hardship of the Great Depression. Times were difficult then – hard work meant everything. Joan’s father worked for the Railways and no … Continued

    Marg assists with breast cancer recovery

    On Mother’s Day, we recognise the important work that many local communities provide to women everywhere. The Zonta Club of Fleurieu Peninsula is just one of many clubs in Zonta International, who believe in supporting women’s issues and advocating for women’s rights. Resthaven Chiton Retirement Living resident, Marg Dent, has been a proud ‘Zontian’ since … Continued

    The season of Lent

    It is nearly Easter, and we are in the season of  Lent. The colour for Lent is purple, which is symbolic of a time of reflection and prayer. I encourage staff, residents, volunteers and families to put on some reflective music, and enjoy a time of peace and relaxation, free from worries. As Easter approaches … Continued

    On Good Friday

    Easter is time of celebrating new life and renewal, of life coming out of death. This is especially pertinent at this time, with nations brutally at war overseas, and devastating natural disasters here at home. All this on top of our third year of a global pandemic. As the days lengthen, the mornings are dark, … Continued

    ‘Volunteering opened a door for me that had been shut,’ says Elaine

    Elaine Crettenden enjoys her time volunteering with Resthaven Bellevue Heights, and her long association with the organisation stretches back to 1986, when her late husband, Ron, was appointed as a member of the Resthaven Board. ‘Ron and I were married in 1982,’ Elaine explains. ‘Before meeting him, I was a single mother, and worked full-time … Continued

    Making a difference for clients with Parkinson’s Disease

    April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, with the United Nations’ World Parkinson’s Day recognised on 11 April each year. Occupational Therapist, Ros Wren, with Mr Bill Day Resthaven provides ongoing support to clients who live with the disease, and Resthaven Northern Community Services is making impressive strides. Occupational Therapist, Rosalind Wren, recognised a need for a … Continued