• Words of wisdom from Limestone Coast centenarian

    Happy birthday to Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services client, Mr Cyril Price, who celebrates his centenarian milestone on 3 August. The youngest of seven children, Mr Price grew up in regional Warrnambool, Victoria. ‘My father worked full-time on the railways, and my mother was busy looking after all of us.’ ‘We had a lot of … Continued

    Hand-made baby clothes a sweet parting gift

    Resthaven Paradise resident, Mrs Fern Milward, is using her sewing skills to create a beautiful baby dress for the upcoming birth of a baby girl for Lifestyle Coordinator, Thuy-Anh Pham. Manager, Shani Liyanage, says, ‘Thuy is expecting her first child soon, and will soon go on maternity leave.’ ‘Mrs Milward wanted to send her into … Continued

    Mrs Merson shares her ‘many lives’ at 101

    Happy birthday to Resthaven Elizabeth North Retirement Living resident, Mrs Gloria Merson, who celebrates turning 101 on 29 July. Having lived ‘many lives’ in her time, Mrs Merson says, ‘I started life on a simple cattle farm in New South Wales with my nine younger siblings. My father ran a successful cheese factory using the milk … Continued

    Supporting people who care

    On Monday 7 August, we celebrate ‘Aged Care Employee Day,’ to thank all those who work in aged care for the vital role they play in the lives of older people. Aged care workers support the most vulnerable members of our society. They make a tangible improvement to the quality of life for thousands of … Continued

    Mrs Hunt (100) leads with heart

    Happy 100th birthday to Resthaven Marion resident, Mrs Jean Hunt, who is delighted to join the centenarian club on 25 July. Born and raised in the mid-north town of Port Pirie in 1923, Mrs Hunt remembers her childhood fondly. Son, Paul, says, ‘Mum grew up with her younger brother in the township, and had a nurturing … Continued

    Resthaven Aberfoyle Park celebrates fifth birthday

    On Thursday 20 July, Resthaven Aberfoyle Park celebrated its fifth birthday, with a festive celebration at the home at 100 Hub Drive, Aberfoyle Park. Around 100 guests attended the festivities, including Board President, Mark Porter; CEO, Darren Birbeck; and Executive Managers, Tina Cooper, Mel Ottaway, and David Norton. Clare and Eloise played a duet on … Continued

    1,600 years of service recognised at Resthaven Staff Appreciation Awards

    On 14 July 2023, more than 100 Resthaven staff were honoured for their long service milestones at the annual Resthaven Staff Appreciation Awards. The Resthaven Staff Appreciation Awards, held every year since 1993 (excluding 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), acknowledge staff who have completed at least ten years’ service. Employment milestones are recognised in … Continued

    ‘Christmas in July’ at Resthaven Mount Gambier

    Christmas arrived early at Resthaven Mount Gambier, with residents and staff celebrating their annual ‘Christmas in July’ event. Acting Lifestyle Coordinator, Jess Millard, says, ‘Residents delighted in the company of others, including Resthaven Board President, Mark Porter.’ ‘Everyone enjoyed a special Christmas lunch, followed with festive activities in our decorated hall.’ ‘Christmas in July is … Continued

    New manager brings 25 years of aged care experience

    New Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services Manager, Theresa Connor, is looking forward to sharing her 25 years of aged care experience to continue to support older people to live independently in their own homes throughout the Limestone Coast. Resthaven coordinates in-home care, social groups, and respite for carers, via their three offices at Gordon Street, … Continued

    Julie Tansing’s 20-year career at Resthaven

    This month, Resthaven Clinical Nurse Workforce Development, Julie Tansing, will celebrate her 20-year milestone with Resthaven, along with an impressive 54 years in the nursing profession. In the last two decades, Julie has become an integral part of the Resthaven education team, spearheading a specialised Parkinson’s Disease training program for staff across the organisation. Julie … Continued

    ‘Aged care is rewarding,’ says 10-year volunteer, Jenny Dow

    This year, Jenny Dow celebrated her tenth anniversary as a volunteer with Resthaven Mount Gambier; however, her volunteering years go way back. Jenny says, ‘My first experience was at my youngest daughter’s school 24 years ago. I had extra time and wanted to give back.’ Since then, Jenny has taken on more in her local … Continued

    Brendan ‘serves up’ a 15-year hospitality career with Resthaven

    With two decades’ experience wearing his chef’s hat, Resthaven Aberfoyle Park cook, Brendan Keville, certainly knows a thing or two about running a commercial kitchen. After spending several years working overseas as a professional chef, Brendan started with Resthaven Leabrook in 2008. He says, ‘It was a welcome change after working at the high-end The … Continued