• It’s Resthaven’s 85th Birthday!

    In 2020, Resthaven celebrates 85 years of service, says Resthaven CEO, Richard Hearn. ‘As we welcome in the new year, and new decade, we recognise Resthaven’s 85 years of working together with older people and their carers in South Australia,’ says Richard. ‘Over the years, many things have changed. However, our commitment to supporting older … Continued

    Christmas Message from the CEO

    The festive season is an opportune time to make a connection with your local community. Take time to say ‘Hello’ to the people in your street. Reach out to neighbours, friends and family. I encourage everyone to be proactive in making contact with family members or significant others who may be frail, or less mobile, … Continued

    More action is needed

    On 31 October, the interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety confirmed the need for significant structural, financial and workforce reform. Three urgent recommended actions were to reduce the Home Care Package waitlist, minimise chemical restraint, and find alternative options for younger people with a disability in aged care. I add … Continued

    CEO Opinion: Interim Report into Aged Care Quality & Safety


    Resthaven CEO, Richard Hearn, shares his thoughts on the Aged Care Quality and Safety Interim Report.

    On Thursday 31 October, the Interim Report into Aged Care Quality and Safety by the Royal Commissioners was released. This interim report confirms the need for significant structural, financial and workforce reform in the aged care sector. We have been advocating for reform for years, acknowledging that appropriate resourcing is fundamental to a sustainable industry … Continued

    Diversity in Aged Care

    Diversity is a strong and celebrated aspect of our community. In aged care, as in all society, people may have particular needs because of their individual lived experiences, which can translate to special considerations and personal needs in relation to aged care services. Aspects of diversity to take into consideration include an individual’s cultural heritage; … Continued

    Raising awareness of dementia

    With the World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September bringing a spotlight onto dementia, I discussed this topic with Stephen Harding, Resthaven’s Dementia Advanced Practice Nurse. It’s always good to have these open discussions and consider how one’s own life has been touched by dementia in some way. A dementia diagnosis is both challenging and confronting, … Continued

    Thanks to aged care workers

    ‘Today has been deemed, “Thank you for working in aged care day,” a day when we affirm the importance of working with older people who have a need that arises from a loss of capacity to sustain their quality of life in different ways,’ says Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn. ‘I have great respect … Continued

    Appreciate the aged care workforce

    The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety continues to review serious issues affecting the aged care sector, examining where processes and care have not achieved acceptable outcomes and where improvements need to be made. We trust coming hearings will consider the quantum of improvements and resources required to achieve these. In his summary … Continued

    How to access aged care services


    Knowing where to start

    None of us like to think about a time when we might need to have support with our daily lives. So when the time comes, many older people do not know where to start, and it can be complex. I encourage everyone to consider aged care services as soon as a need for support arises … Continued