• Mrs Thayne continues living independently at 100

    On 3 July 1922, Resthaven Riverland Community Services client, Mrs Anne Thayne, was born and raised in Adelaide with a devoted mother, fisherman father, and two siblings. ‘My father sold his fish at the local markets – we must have spent most weekends down there, all five of us.’ After completing her schooling in the … Continued

    Mrs Freeman celebrates 100

    On 29 June, Resthaven Aberfoyle Park resident, Mrs Beatrice ‘Mabel’ Freeman, will celebrate her 100th birthday with her family from across the globe. Mabel was born in Nottingham, England, along with her brother and two sisters. While her father worked in the railways and her mother tended to the home, Mabel attended Clairmont School – … Continued

    World War II veteran reflects on life at 100

    On 22 June, Mrs Muriel Dick, celebrated her centenary at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park. Mrs Dick, a Royal Australian Air Force World War II veteran, only recently transitioned into residential care, and shares some reflections about her incredible life. Mrs Dick says, ‘I was born and raised in Adelaide, and attended Adelaide High School, finishing as … Continued

    Phase 1 of the iSupport dementia study complete

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) iSupport for Dementia online training program is being adapted for the Australian context. The current iSupport study is the first large randomised controlled trial of a complex intervention on health and social care services with carers of people living with dementia in real-world practice across hospital and community aged care … Continued

    Who should pay for aged care?

    The sensitive question about who should pay for aged care continues to perplex governments, providers and consumers alike. A recent discussion paper by the University of Technology Sydney Ageing Research Collaborative (UARC), reopened the debate. One approach put forward by UARC is to require consumers who have the capacity to pay to make fair contributions … Continued

    Technology reunites resident with a long-time pen pal

    Resthaven Murray Bridge resident, Maureen Green (86), has continued her friendship with long-time pen pal, Shirley, by upgrading from traditional handwritten letters to Zoom calls. When settling into Resthaven Murray Bridge in November 2021, Maureen’s daughter, Pam, shared information about Shirley and Maureen’s relationship with site staff. Maureen says, ‘I have been writing to Shirley, … Continued

    Prayers for others

    Over the last few months, we have all been particularly preoccupied with the heartbreaking events taking place in Ukraine. A group of elderly ladies in Kyiv, Ukraine, decided that they should pray for peace. They gathered in one of the city squares, held hands with one another, knelt in the snow, and prayed. When asked … Continued

    Lesley Reflects on 45 years of service

    Resthaven Malvern Housekeeping Services Assistant, Lesley Wimbles, this year celebrates an amazing 45 years of service with Resthaven – however, she only ever meant to be in the role for six weeks! Lesley is pictured above in 2017, receiving her 40 year award from former Resthaven CEO, Richard Hearn. She will be presented with her … Continued

    Resthaven Community Respite Services Open Doors at Aldinga Beach

    Resthaven’s eagerly anticipated new respite cottage, Aldinga House, has officially opened its doors for older people looking for a ‘seachange’ down south. Mrs Patricia Griffin was thrilled to be invited as the first client to view the property, located at 18 Halcyon Circuit, Aldinga Beach, commenting on the coastal décor, and light, open feel of … Continued

    Congratulations to Richard Hearn AM

    Resthaven is delighted that former Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn, was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List, announced yesterday by the Governor-General, David Hurley AC DCS. The Australian Honours and Awards system recognises the outstanding service and contributions of Australians, and … Continued

    Musical Volunteer finds her ‘decks’ with Resthaven

    Carolyn McHugh has been a proud volunteer at Resthaven Leabrook since 2016, bringing her talent of ‘DJing’ to music-loving residents who enjoy coming together and sharing their love and enjoyment of music. Recently, Carolyn took it upon herself to write a letter to Resthaven, sharing how rewarding it is for her to share what she … Continued

    Mrs Goode continues travelling at 100

    On 13 June 2022, Mrs Olive Goode will celebrate her 100th milestone birthday, while remaining independent with the assistance of Resthaven Northern Community Services. Mrs Goode is not the only female in her family to reach her centenarian birthday. ‘My mum lived to 103, and my sister lived to 99 – us women live longer!’, … Continued

    Resthaven Chiton Retirement Living ‘community unlike any other’

    On 28 February 2022, Resthaven acquired the award-winning Chiton Retirement Living village to add to Resthaven’s suite of options for older people. Located at 2 Ocean Road, Chiton Retirement Living features 29 modern architectural homes, in a beautiful location, nestled between Port Elliot and Victor Harbor. Chiton has won a number of awards for its … Continued

    Love knows no language barriers

    On 29 May, Resthaven Community Respite Services clients were invited to a special ‘Mother’s Day out’ lunch and concert, celebrating a different culture, and the unity of all mothers. Senior Manager Community Services, Wojtek Swietek says, ‘We took the Resthaven bus out with six clients, and four volunteers, including the bus driver.’ ‘The clients looked … Continued

    Phase 2 underway in iSupport

    Having been involved in the initial trial in 2019-20, Resthaven Community Services is pleased to again partner with Flinders University and Prof Lily Xiao, for the following three phases of the iSupport research project. iSupport helps carers to understand dementia and how it may impact themselves and the person they care for. By using a … Continued