• Fostering the future of aged care

    2022 Resthaven Undergraduate Occupational Therapy Scholarship recipient, Kahlila Murray Resthaven is committed to the future workforce of aged care and continues to fund various scholarships across South Australian universities. This year’s recipient of the Resthaven Undergraduate Occupational Therapy Scholarship, Kahlila Murray, shares her excitement for the future: ‘This incredible opportunity has greatly aided me in … Continued

    Therapy horses work their magic in memory support

    Nolton Park’s therapy horses are back, and this time, to visit residents at Resthaven Westbourne Park. These gentle miniature horses are trained to visit aged care sites, hospitals, palliative care, and Ronald McDonald House, providing adults and children with a healing interaction. Horse therapy is particularly helpful in promoting physical and emotional growth in older … Continued

    A new generation of football supporters

    As this year’s men’s Australian rules finals series comes to a close, we look forward to continuing our ‘footy fix’ with the women’s leagues. The game has changed significantly over the past thirty years, since the Crows and then the Power joined the national competition. An entire generation of supporters never had the privilege of … Continued

    Clients explore two-million-year-old history in the Limestone Coast

    Recently, clients from Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services were invited to tour the two-million-year-old rock formations in the Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, Tantanoola South Australia. This highly visited tourist spot consists of a 30m wide by 8m high rock chamber, located inside the prehistoric marine cliff, the Up and Down Rock. The unique rock formations … Continued

    Musical volunteers ‘good for the soul’, says Rev Cate Baker

    It is no secret that music is good for the soul. Musical volunteers make waves as they share a familiar sensory comfort to the older people whom Resthaven supports. Coordinating Chaplain at Resthaven Paradise and Resthaven Leabrook, Rev Cate Baker, firsthand witnesses the benefits to residents that music brings. Cate elaborates, ‘Volunteers add so much … Continued

    Nursing in the Community Week: ‘Incredibly Rewarding’

    As one of South Australia’s largest aged care providers, Resthaven has an active presence in the community—proudly supporting more than 12,000 clients to continue living independently in their homes for longer. Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services, Sue McKechnie, says ‘It is very important to acknowledge and thank the 88 nurses working across Resthaven Community Services … Continued

    Beachside Respite Cottage Now Open in Victor!

    ‘I am excited to announce that Resthaven’s new respite cottage in Victor Harbor is now available for short term, overnight, individual and group stays for older people,’ says Manager, Cecelia Oxborrow. ‘Called “Newland House”, it’s cosy and home-like, and ready to offer social support and small group respite during the day, with activities, games, and … Continued

    ‘Great’ Ruse celebrates 100

    On 10 September 2022, Mrs Gwenda Ruse celebrates her centenarian milestone with friends and family at Resthaven Westbourne Park. The youngest of five siblings, Mrs Ruse grew up in a busy but close family in Murray Bridge. ‘As a little girl, I was teased by my brothers constantly! But they protected me fiercely and I … Continued

    Resident green thumb’s 105th birthday

    On 8 September 2022, Mrs Bonnie Chapman will celebrate her 105th birthday—crowning her the wisest green thumb on site at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park. Born and raised in the South Australian countryside, Mrs Chapman has always held an enthusiasm for the outdoors. ‘I have used my hands all my life, working on the farm mostly,’ explains … Continued

    Mrs Grice celebrates independence at 100

    On 2 September, Mrs Marjorie Grice celebrates her 100th birthday with family, in the home she has resided in for half her centenarian tenure. Growing up in Botany Bay, Sydney, in a family of seven, Mrs Grice looks back on her fast-paced childhood. ‘My father was a truck driver, while my mother tended to the … Continued