• Language no barrier for Regency Cottage

    A year ago, Mrs Bahra Buric became a reluctant client of Resthaven Western Community Services. Now, her Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday visits to Regency Cottage are the highlight of her week. Home Support Worker, Rosemary Gorodecky (pictured above, with Mrs Buric), says, ‘Bahra came here from Bosnia, and didn’t speak a lick of English, which … Continued

    Resthaven Bellevue Heights Redevelopment

    Stage two of the $27m major redevelopment at Resthaven Bellevue Heights is well underway. The redevelopment aims to bring a new contemporary feel to the home and take full advantage of the sweeping views of Sturt Gorge, and the beautiful native-themed site grounds. Manager Residential Services, Leanne Spencer, says, ‘Stage one of the redevelopment wrapped up … Continued

    Happy crafters social group on the Limestone Coast

    The Limestone Coast Craft Social Group are at it again, this time decorating hessian shopping bags during their weekly ‘social group’ catch up at the Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services office at 11 George Street, Millicent. Coordinator, Christine Charles, says, ‘We held this activity at the suggestion of a client who had decorated a shopping … Continued

    Mrs Thompson’s century of serving others

    On 28 May, Mrs Joyce Thompson celebrates her 100th birthday in her home at Resthaven Malvern, as she reflects on a century of serving others. Mrs Thompson says, ‘I was born in Melbourne, where I lived with my sister and brother.’ ‘Both my sister and brother went on to join the forces themselves—my sister in … Continued

    Change Makers

    Last week, Volunteering Australia celebrated National Volunteer Week (15-21 May), with the theme ‘We are the change makers’, to highlight the powerful impact volunteers make. Volunteering can change the lives of both volunteers and those they support. This week offers an opportunity to recognise the crucial role of those volunteers who give their time and … Continued

    Palliative Care Week—’Matters of Life and Death’

    As Palliative Care Week 2023 (21–27 May) approaches, Resthaven acknowledges that palliative care is an essential component of caring for older people, to best plan how to support them and their families as they near the end of their lives. The theme of this year’s National Palliative Care Week is, ‘Matters of Life and Death’, … Continued

    ‘Gone fishing’ with a tailored home care plan

    Resthaven Onkaparinga Community Services client, Mr Robert Small, was once a keen fisherman, and with the assistance of his Home Support Worker, Natalie, he is now back on the water! Mr Small says, ‘I had my own fishing boat for many years, and went out each weekend—when I retired, I could go out whenever I … Continued

    Mrs Pope (105) reflects on her adventures of a lifetime

    Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu Community Services client, Mrs Doreen Pope, will celebrate her 105th birthday on 12 May surrounded by family and friends at her Oakbank home. Being descended from two of the first pioneering families of South Australia—the Dawkins of Gawler and the Maidments of Strathalbyn—Mrs Pope certainly inherited their adventurous spirit. … Continued

    Celebrating volunteers

    Volunteers have been at the heart of Resthaven from the beginning, in 1935. Resthaven relies on volunteers who offer an extra level of support for residents and clients. National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and will be held on 15 – 21 May 2023. This year throughout the month of May, … Continued

    Resthaven highly commended in Trusted Brand Awards

    Resthaven is delighted to have been Highly Commended in Home Care — South Australia and Northern Territory — in the 2023 Reader’s Digest Annual Trusted Brands Awards. On Wednesday 3 May, Resthaven CEO, Darren Birbeck, accepted the award at The Tea Room, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney — celebrating our achievement as a … Continued

    Miss Graue’s 100 years of wisdom

    On 28 April, Miss Valda Graue celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends in her Western suburbs home. Born and raised in Peterborough, South Australia, Miss Graue had an older sister, Nita, who also lived well into her 100s. Miss Graue says, ‘My father was an engineer, while my mother tended to the … Continued