• Spring lambs visit the Friday Club

    Recently, the Resthaven Marion Community Services ‘Friday Club’ members were delighted to enjoy a visit from two five-week-old lambs from Freedom Hill, a not-for-profit animal sanctuary. Coordinator, Monika Lyckholm, says, ‘The lambs, Matilda and Delilah, had been rescued early in life, when one lamb was attacked by a fox at birth.’ ‘They are both in … Continued

    Ageing Well

    On 1 October, we celebrated the International Day of Older Persons, recognising the vital contributions that older people make. There are many benefits that come with ageing. Retirement from full time work gives people the freedom to spend time on the things that they love most. It can be a liberating time; a time to … Continued

    Resthaven 75th Anniversary Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship recipient

    Nurturing Diversity in Aged Care

    Resthaven 75th Anniversary Undergraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing Scholarship recipient, Carissa Willis. Resthaven is committed to the future workforce of aged care and continues to fund various scholarships across South Australian universities. This year, we congratulate Resthaven 75th Anniversary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing Scholarship recipient, and mature aged student, Carissa Willis. Currently in … Continued

    Spring has sprung in the Limestone Coast!

    Resthaven clients have welcomed in spring, by making birdseed wreaths during their weekly ‘social group’ catch up at the Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services office at 15b James Street, Mt Gambier. Manager, Karen Hammond, says, ‘This month’s social group theme was “spring”, and what better way to celebrate the warmer weather and bursts of new … Continued

    ‘A “Ruff” Day’ wins gold at Murray Bridge

    From 23-25 September, Resthaven Murray Bridge residents had the opportunity to display their artworks at the Murray Bridge Show—and this year, we came back with a winner! Lifestyle Coordinator, Soraya Fitzgerald, says, ‘We have an enthusiastic Art Group on-site, and participants are always working on a project.’ ‘We encouraged them to submit some of their … Continued

    Butterfly garden ready for spring at Aldinga

    Guests of Resthaven’s new respite cottage at 18 Halcyon Circuit, Aldinga Beach, will soon enjoy the benefits of a ‘butterfly garden’, thanks to the efforts of Support Worker, Lorraine Maslen. Lorraine (pictured below), who has worked with Resthaven for six years, explains, ‘I live at Seaford, and grow milkweed in my garden.’ ‘I noticed last … Continued

    Peter Jenkin wins Nurse Practitioner of the Year!

    We are delighted to announce that Resthaven Nurse Practitioner, Peter Jenkin, has been named 2022 HESTA Nurse Practitioner of the Year. The HESTA Nurse Practitioner of the Year award is a prestigious national award that recognises a Nurse Practitioner who has demonstrated outstanding qualities in the areas of clinical work, mentoring and leadership. Peter’s win … Continued

    Resthaven Bellevue Heights Redevelopment Update

    The first stage of the two year, $27m transformation of Resthaven Bellevue Heights at 47 Eve Road, is now complete. Manager Residential Services, Leanne Spencer, says, ‘Several areas are now finished, and are looking beautiful.’ ‘Recently, Stage 1 (twelve new rooms) was handed over to Resthaven by Sarah Constructions. Residents are now able to move … Continued

    Family carer, Stephanie, shares her story during National Carers Week

    When Stephanie’s mum had a stroke aged 75, her daughter, Stephanie had to step in – dramatically changing the family dynamic, and her mother’s and Stephanie’s day-to-day life, forever. In recognition of National Carers Week (16–22 October), Stephanie shares the story of how Resthaven Community Respite Services not only supported her mum following this life-changing … Continued

    Mrs Frances Blight shares her hundred years of wisdom

    Resthaven Mitcham resident, Mrs Frances ‘Fran’ Blight (nee Cairns), shares her hundred years of wisdom with us, as she reaches her centenarian milestone on 14 October. Born in North Melbourne with four siblings, Mrs Blight shares her fondness towards her father. ‘My father [James Cairns] had a business making saddles for the war horses in … Continued

    Physiotherapy student’s ‘life-changing opportunity’ in aged care career

    2022 Resthaven Undergraduate Physiotherapy Scholarship recipient, Francesca Fragnito Resthaven is committed to the future workforce of aged care and continues to fund various scholarships across South Australian universities. Francesca Fragnito, 2022 recipient of the Resthaven Undergraduate Physiotherapy Scholarship, shares her excitement for her future in aged care. Francesca explains, ‘In my third year of study [Bachelor of … Continued

    Colours of Life, Better Together

    Recently, we have been holding a number of volunteer celebration events to show our gratitude and appreciation of the support provided by Resthaven volunteers. Manager Volunteer Services, Stacey Thompson, says, ‘We have been fortunate to be able hold these events in external venues and transform the spaces filled with vibrant colour.’ The Adelaide Pavillion ‘Across … Continued