• Residential care ‘feels like a holiday’ says Maureen

    When Mrs Maureen Brewer fractured her pelvis lifting Roy, her husband of 62 years, she knew it was time for some extra support. ‘I’d been caring for Roy for three years by myself,’ she says. ‘We’d stopped going out anymore, as it was just too hard, and I wasn’t looking after myself. I was so … Continued

    Royal Wedding Celebrations

    The Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu Community Services ‘Wellness at the Old School’ group celebrated this week’s royal wedding in style. Occupational Therapist, Caroline Tenny, who facilitates the group, says, ‘Tiara’s and fascinators were donned and a royal quiz was enjoyed.’ ‘We shared a toast for the happy couple amongst the festive decorations.’ ‘Guests … Continued

    Planning Ahead

    We are reminded to consider planning ahead now, to make it easier in the future. It is important to adequately plan for your financial needs in your older years. Whilst the government provides support to those with very limited means, the reality is that each person is expected to make a personal contribution to the … Continued

    Enhancing a Palliative Approach

    For more than five years, Resthaven has employed Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (PCNP), Peter Jenkin, to support residents, clients, families and staff in advance care planning and end of life care. ‘Through Peter’s guidance, Resthaven staff have demonstrated a positive attitude to palliative care and the role they have in ensuring palliative and end of … Continued

    National Palliative Care Week 2018

    This week is National Palliative Care Week. 20–26 May is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia. ‘What matters most?’ is this year’s theme, encouraging people to ask themselves what they want from end of life care. ‘It’s not just about how and where your life ends, but the lead up to this’, … Continued

    Mary and Hugh Celebrate 70 Wonderful Years

    Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Hugh and Mary Wallace of Resthaven Mount Gambier, who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on 17 April, 2018. Mr and Mrs Wallace both grew up in Mount Gambier, meeting at a local dance. When Mary later moved to Adelaide for nursing training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, it didn’t stop … Continued

    Brian informs Resthaven’s customer experience

    Residents such as Mr Brian Kennedy of Resthaven Leabrook are informing Resthaven’s customer experience research, which aims to find out what Resthaven customers want, and how Resthaven can deliver it to them. Having reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in his army days, followed by management roles in the SA Prison System, Mr Kennedy, is … Continued

    International Nurses Day 2018

    On International Nurses Day, two centenarians living at Resthaven Malvern share memories of their early nursing days. When Mrs Bernice Roberts (who turns 100 on 15 May) moved into Resthaven Malvern, she certainly wasn’t expecting to run into a former nursing colleague (also aged 100) – but that’s just what happened! ‘I was sitting in the … Continued

    Channel TEN film Resthaven Marion

    On Thursday 10 May, there was great excitement at Resthaven Marion, as the gardens were filmed for a new television program to feature on Channel TEN in September this year. TEN’s Australia by Design – Landscapes – is created in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and will showcase 50 of Australia’s best … Continued

    Happy 100th birthday, Mrs Pope!

    Mrs Doreen Pope of Oakbank, who celebrates her 100th birthday on 12 May, certainly inherited the tough, pioneering spirit of her ancestors. Descended from two of the first pioneer families of South Australia, the Dawkins of Gawler, and the Maidments of Strathalbyn, Mrs Pope credits her great age to ‘good genes, and hard work’. Born … Continued

    Hats off to volunteers!

    On 2 May, Resthaven Leabrook celebrated the first of many events to thank volunteers for their engagement, heart, time, and talent, and the difference this makes in the lives of people at Resthaven. Everyone joined in with the event theme, Hats off to volunteers! Many interesting, colourful and elaborate hats were on show as everyone … Continued

    Resthaven Marion’s Musical Mornings with Volunteer, Roger

    Volunteer, Roger Brealey, who facilitates the ‘Golden Memories’ singalong at Resthaven Marion, is combining his lifetime love of music with a desire to ‘do something good’ with older people. ‘I’ve been fiddling around with music since I was six,’ Roger says. ‘I turn 70 next month, and I still love it!’ ‘As a child, I … Continued

    Volunteering at Resthaven Northern Community Services

    Resthaven Northern Community Services volunteer, Jenny Keegan, is making a real difference in the lives of older people. ‘I love volunteering with Resthaven – seeing the smiles on people’s faces, listening to their experiences,’ she says. ‘It’s so important to show older people that we care, by listening, being there and not treating them any … Continued

    Resthaven Aberfoyle Park opening in July

    The grand opening of Resthaven Aberfoyle Park is drawing near, with the twelfth Resthaven residential aged care home set to open in July 2018. Scheduled to commence operations in July 2018, Resthaven Aberfoyle Park will provide high quality, residential aged care to around 100 older people, and employ approximately 100 local staff. Resthaven Chief Executive … Continued

    Volunteering with purpose

    Resthaven Westbourne Park volunteer, Steph, started volunteering because she ‘wanted to do something meaningful.’ ‘I was a hairdresser for eight years, but I really wanted to downscale,’ says Steph. ‘Now I work from home, which is great, and volunteer here at Resthaven Westbourne Park.’ ‘I decided to volunteer because I wanted to do something with … Continued