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    Spirits (and rainfall) high in Mount Gambier

    On 19 November, Resthaven Mount Gambier residents took part in the annual Mount Gambier Christmas Pageant – thankfully from the shelter of the site mini-bus, amidst torrential rain! Manager, Belle Kerr, says, ‘We had terrible weather for the pageant, however, the show must go on.’ ‘Our spirits weren’t dampened by the wet conditions, with a … Continued

    Just Keep Breathing

    Today, more and more people are living to celebrate their 100th birthday. At Resthaven we recognise a new group of centenarians in each of our quarterly publications. Our staff explain how privileged they feel to hear about the experiences that have shaped these individuals, speaking about their history, their story, their life. A 25-year-old staff … Continued

    ‘Respite has been a lifesaver’, says Anne

    On 1 November, clients from across Resthaven Community Respite Services joined in celebration of Melbourne Cup Day at Lane Cottages, the first of many joint events incorporating Lane Cottages, Ridgway House, Toorak House, Hersey Cottages, and Aldinga House. Among the well-dressed attendants was client, Mr Bob Hurst, and his wife and carer, Mrs Anne Hurst, … Continued

    ‘Llamajoy’: Therapeutic Social Encounters at Old Noarlunga

    Resthaven Coordinator, Corinne Lama, is living up to her namesake, introducing a ‘Llamajoy’ program for Resthaven Onkaparinga Community Services clients, providing therapeutic social encounters with llamas. Working together with local llama owner, Sherilee, Corinne has created an experience that can be personalised to support the individual health and mobility needs of Resthaven clients. Llama wool … Continued

    Mr Millar ‘carves’ the way at Resthaven Leabrook

    Resthaven Leabrook resident, Mr Lloyd Millar, is not one to shy away from creative expression, having recently inspired a new initiative onsite. Lifestyle Coordinator, Shah Naz, says, ‘Mr Millar is always talking about his artworks, and his room is full of woodwork he’s carved in his old workshop.’ ‘In September, I encouraged him to submit … Continued

    A day of respite at Regency Cottage

    Many clients at Resthaven Western Community Services enjoy regular respite at Regency Cottage, located at 111 Regency Road, Croydon Park—a respite house well known for building special friendships. Home Support Worker, Rosemary Gorodecky, says, ‘This is a wonderful place for clients to come and enjoy a social day with like-minded people.’ ‘Our days typically include … Continued

    Flower Power at the Resthaven Paradise Spring Flower Show

    The Resthaven Paradise resident and staff community has welcomed spring in style, holding the annual Resthaven Paradise Flower Show at the home at 61 Silkes Road, Paradise. Lifestyle Coordinator, Thuy-Anh Pham, says, ‘The Resthaven Paradise Flower Show is held every year in late October, where we pick the amazing roses we grow in the site … Continued

    A life dedicated to family — Mrs Wimshurst turns 100

    On 15 November 2022, Resthaven Port Elliot resident, Mrs Mavis Wimshurst, celebrates her 100th birthday. In light of her milestone birthday, she reflects on her life full of hard work, resilience, and unwavering dedication to family. Mrs Wimshurst’s dedication to her children stems from her childhood years — she never knew her parents and was … Continued

    Visiting Arrangements at Residential Aged Care Homes


    Restrictions at Residential Aged Care Homes

    A number of restrictions for visitors to aged care homes have been lifted by the State Government. However, SA Health now recommends that both staff and visitors re-commence mask wearing while on site due to increasing COVID-19 cases both in the community and in residential aged care settings. Mask wearing is a precautionary strategy. Visitors are … Continued

    Gardening ‘Friday Club’

    Recently, the Resthaven Marion Community Services ‘Friday Club’ members channeled their inner ‘green thumb’, creating their own mini succulent terrariums. Gardening enthusiast, Resthaven Marion Community Services Coordinator, Melanie Dale, led the charge with this nature-themed activity. ‘What better way to celebrate springtime than reconnecting with nature?’ says Melanie. ‘This activity was a hit with clients … Continued

    Remembrance Day — Resthaven’s tribute to veterans

    On Remembrance Day each year, Resthaven pays special tribute to veterans across all twelve residential sites, recognising their service, while remembering our fallen soldiers. Leading up to 11 November, Resthaven Mitcham and Resthaven Leabrook have shared their efforts in creating impressive site displays. Each includes poppies made in Craft Group by staff and residents, and … Continued

    A thrilling show day at Resthaven Mount Gambier

    In late October, aged care home Resthaven Mount Gambier held its long-awaited ‘Show Day’ celebration, with residents, staff, and volunteers joining for this festive annual event. ‘Our Show Day is always held in conjunction with the Mount Gambier Show, bringing to life many of the same activities and atmosphere as the main event,’ Lifestyle Coordinator, … Continued

    Seniors month off to a great ‘art’!

    On 19 October, Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services held an art exhibition and competition at the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre, showcasing artwork created by clients. This new event was held as part of ‘Seniors Month on the Limestone Coast,’ a celebration throughout October that recognises the important and essential roles older people play in … Continued

    An ‘extra special’ Resthaven Marion Show Day

    In early October, the Resthaven Marion residential site community celebrated their biennial ‘Show Day’. Lifestyle Coordinator, Tamara Jacquier, says, ‘The Royal Adelaide Show was finally back this year, and so was ours!’ ‘We usually celebrate our Show Day every two years, but we had to cancel the 2020 event due to COVID-19,’ Tamara explains. ‘This … Continued

    Walter’s loyal companion: A four-legged volunteer

    Four-legged volunteer, Quaid, formed a special connection with Resthaven Mitcham resident, Mr Walter Semmelmann, who is always first on Quaid’s visiting list! Quaid is accompanied on his visits by fellow volunteer, and doting owner, Diana Walters. She explains, ‘Many residents anticipate our visits each Tuesday, when Quaid and I slowly make our way to each … Continued

    Resthaven residents support underprivileged children this Christmas

    Resthaven Bellevue Heights retirement living residents have commenced their annual ‘Operation Christmas Child’ project, packing boxes full of goodies ready to distribute to underprivileged children this Christmas. The project, part of international organisation, ‘Samaritan’s Purse,’ was introduced in 2013 by independent retirement living residents, Mr and Mrs June and Bob Heath. Over the years, their … Continued

    Donna’s Home Support Worker role

    Since leaving her insurance job to join Resthaven as a Home Support Worker, Donna Felce hasn’t looked back. Donna, who made the bold career move only a short time ago, says, ‘I spent 15 years in insurance – before that, payroll and banking.’ ‘My daughter was doing a nursing degree, and we talked about the … Continued