• A rewarding career

    There is something special about working in aged care. Many join the sector because of a personal association or experience, or previous responsibility for the informal care of a loved one. Whatever the reason, the compassion and care that exists in the hearts and minds of the staff is quite palpable. Indeed, it is not … Continued

    Resthaven Bellevue Heights Redevelopment — Stage Two

    Resthaven Manager Building and Capital Projects, Emmet O’Donovan, says, ‘The second stage of the two-year, $27m transformation of Resthaven Bellevue Heights, at 47 Eve Road, is well underway.’ ‘The first stage was completed last year, and involved building a new accommodation area and refurbishment of two others. Residents and staff are enjoying the modern, attractive … Continued

    Krista’s rewarding leap into an aged care career

    Resthaven Marion Clinical Nurse, Krista Fox, made the leap into aged care a decade ago. Now, she continues to reap the benefits of a meaningful career. Krista explains, ‘The first part of my working life was spent at McDonald’s, and I proudly worked my way up to Assistant Manager of the shopping centre food court.’ … Continued

    Executive Manager to retire after 18 years

    After almost two decades in the role, Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services, Sue McKechnie, has announced that she will retire in March 2023. CEO, Darren Birbeck, says, ‘I would like to thank and acknowledge Sue for the significant contribution that she has made over the past 18 years and the wonderful legacy that she has … Continued

    Resthaven expands Retirement Living Portfolio

    Resthaven CEO, Darren Birbeck, is pleased to announce that Resthaven has acquired a portfolio of retirement living villages from ACH Group, another well-regarded not for profit organisation. ACH Group CEO, Frank Weits, and Resthaven CEO, Darren Birbeck. ‘The acquisition of the 123 units across twelve sites will increase Resthaven’s retirement living portfolio by 40%, adding … Continued

    Individualised spiritual support

    Resthaven’s Coordinating Chaplains provide individualised spiritual support at every Resthaven residential site, encompassing a wide range of needs that are not always tied to a specific religion. Rev Adam Tretheway ‘People experience spirituality in many diverse ways,’ explains Resthaven Relieving Coordinating Chaplain, Rev Adam Tretheway (pictured right). ‘The support that Resthaven Chaplains and volunteer Chaplain’s … Continued

    ‘A rich 100 years’: Centenarian Mrs Mary Small

    On 16 January 1923, Mrs Mary Small (nee Fisher), was born into a musical family of nine, in North Adelaide, South Australia. Growing up in Colonel Light Gardens, Mrs Small attended the local St Therese’s Primary School with her sister and five brothers. At the age of 14, Mrs Small worked at Foy & Gibson’s … Continued

    Stuart’s trip down memory lane

    To send off 2022 with a bang, Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu Community Services client, Mr Stuart Marsh, took a special trip down memory lane, with the assistance of his Home Support Worker. Coordinator, Kerry Hoppo, explains, ‘Stuart receives social support each week, and enjoys various outings with Denise.’ ‘They recently got to talking … Continued

    Becoming a Registered Nurse was ‘the best decision’

    Resthaven Marion Community Services Registered Nurse, Kim Long, loves what she does in the community, assisting clients to continue living independently in their own homes for longer. At the age of 25, Kim discovered the world of aged care when her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. ‘As his condition progressed, I started looking after … Continued

    Reflections of a blue zone centenarian

    On 7 January 1923, Mrs Angelina Manias (nee Makris) was born on the Greek island of Ikaria—one of five known blue zones in the world, and home to some of the longest-living people. Blue zones are widely recognised as regions where the population live the healthiest, longest lives—many surpassing 100. This is largely due to … Continued

    Once an entertainer, always an entertainer

    Resident entertainer, Mrs Gillian ‘Gill’ Churchill, has taken the musical reins at Resthaven Marion—ukulele in hand! Mrs Churchill has performed throughout New South Wales with her ukulele group, entertaining older people living in care. She has also sung with a barbershop chorus and is a keen poet—a person of many talents! She explains, ‘Now, I … Continued

    Knitted with love for children in need

    Resthaven Murray Bridge resident, Mrs Joan Tilley, has been sewing and knitting for as long as she can remember. Now aged 95 (and a half!), she is still going strong—using her talents to create beautiful hand-crafted items. Mrs Tilley on her wedding day ‘Knitting is my passion. I’m a completely self-taught seamstress, even making my … Continued