Sue McKechnie, Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services, says, ‘Resthaven continues to expand in the Fleurieu Pensinsula, as the relaxed lifestyle attracts retirees from all over South Australia.’
‘Recent findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in the Regional population by age and sex, 2020 | Australian Bureau of Statistics (abs.gov.au) report indicates that the Fleurieu Peninsula coastal towns of Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor have the oldest median ages in the state. It is the place to be for living well into older age.’
The median age is the age at which half the population is older and half is younger. Compared to the greater Adelaide area, with a median age of 39.1 years, towns such as Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor have the oldest median age in the state; Goolwa – Port Elliot (59.8 years), with Victor Harbor (58.8) closely behind.
Resthaven provides multiple services in the Fleurieu Peninsula, including Resthaven Port Elliot residential aged care home, retirement living, and support for people living in their own homes through Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills and Fleurieu Community Services, with outreach office locations at Port Elliot and Strathalbyn.
In July this year, Resthaven expanded home support services, opening a much-needed additional outreach office at 1 Loveday Street, Goolwa SA 5214. Resthaven’s Goolwa office provides support Resthaven for growing numbers of clients in the area.
‘Resthaven has been working on expanding our outreach offices in the Fleurieu for some time, and it really is time for this new location to open.’
‘Our services will continue to grow as client needs grow, and this is the result of that high demand we have been facing due to the age of the local population. We continue to monitor demand and will respond accordingly,’ Sue explains.
‘Clients are thrilled, as we continue to listen to them and provide the level of care needed to support older people all over South Australia.’
Established in 1935, Resthaven is a South Australian not-for-profit aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church in Australia.
Every day, Resthaven shares the lives and wisdom of older people and their carers, opening doors to the full range of aged care service options available.
Services are provided throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Fleurieu Peninsula, lower Barossa region and the Limestone Coast of South Australia.