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    Resthaven Chiton ‘first look’ at $7.8m redevelopment plans

    Members of Resthaven Chiton Retirement Living’s community have today had their first look at the new site development that will include additional Retirement Living Units, a garden reserve and parking area for caravans. The village currently has 29 homes, and the $7.8 million development will see the construction of an additional 11 two-bedroom-plus-study units, each … Continued

    My home is my castle

    For those of us who are fortunate to have a place to call home, it can be a place of safety, privacy, and sanctuary. Homes change during the course of our lives, adapting to meet our needs. As families grow, additional rooms are added, or granny flats built. As we age, a home that once … Continued

    Men’s Health Week a strong cause at Resthaven

    Since 2019, Resthaven’s Principal Manager Facilities and Assets, Stephen Hooper, has been running Men’s Health Week events at Resthaven sites for staff, volunteers, residents and clients, to bring focus to some of the different ways we can keep men healthier. ‘It’s an opportunity to bring our communities together, including maintenance and gardening staff, to break … Continued

    Mrs Fay Penn enjoys new home at Resthaven Murray Bridge

    In her own words, Mrs Fay Penn’s health was plummeting, and she wasn’t managing at home. When the call came from Toni at Resthaven’s Residential Accommodation Enquiries team, Fay jumped at the chance to move into Resthaven Murray Bridge. ‘I knew that if I left it and ended up in hospital for some reason, then … Continued

    Solar project to reduce carbon emissions at Resthaven

    Reducing carbon emissions by 9% across the organisation, Resthaven is rolling out an extensive solar panel installation project that will see solar arrays installed at the organisation’s residential care sites, community services, and corporate offices, with completion of the project expected in July 2024. ‘Resthaven is working to reduce our impact on the environment and … Continued

    Happy 100th birthday Mrs Lesley Silverblade!

    Travel has always been a great passion for Resthaven Leabrook resident Mrs Lesley Silverblade, who turns 100 on 10 June. From adventuring to Sydney and Brisbane by herself in her early 20s to attending the Gallipoli centenary celebrations in 2015 when she was almost 90 years old, Lesley has enjoyed seeing new sights and experiencing … Continued

    Volunteer Graham and clients connect

    With a wry smile, his signature hat and a good dose of humour, volunteer Graham Ward connects with clients, such as Judy Potter at Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services. ‘Graham always gets us all laughing,’ Judy says. ‘It’s nice to have a good laugh! He also makes an excellent cup of tea.’ Graham actively … Continued

    Eileen ‘couldn’t do it without Resthaven’s in-home support’

    Mrs Eileen Morris has plenty to say about the positive effects of in-home support, and she would know; she has been a client of Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services for 16 years. Still living independently in her Mount Gambier unit, Eileen first enquired because, ‘I just wanted some cleaning really; mainly the kitchens and bathrooms.’ … Continued

    Jenny’s memory lives on in quilt donation

    Resthaven Fleurieu Community Services client, Mrs Wilma Whitbread, has donated ten beautiful hand-made quilts to the residents of Resthaven Port Elliot, made with her late friend, Jenny Yale. Wilma says, ‘I met Jenny when we were both working as nurses at the Julia Farr Centre in Adelaide. We both returned to Victor Harbor to retire.’ … Continued

    Respite offers an important outlet for clients

    Some friendships are formed over a lifetime, whereas others come later in life. The latter is the case for clients Mrs Yvonne Campbell, 84, Mrs Evelyn Dunstan, 85, and Mr Rex Quarry, 94, who regularly join the social group that is part of the respite program at Resthaven Western Community Services in Woodville. The group meets up … Continued

    Resthaven Highly Commended in Trusted Brand Awards

    Resthaven is delighted to have been Highly Commended in Home Care – South Australia and Northern Territory – in the 2024 Reader’s Digest Annual Trusted Brands Awards. On Wednesday 29 May, Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services and Retirement Living, Mel Ottaway, accepted the award at The Tea Room Queen Victoria, 455 George Street, Sydney—celebrating our … Continued

    68th wedding anniversary at Resthaven Port Elliot

    Congratulations to Resthaven Port Elliot residents, Mr and Mrs Bill and Aileen Mullett, who recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Aileen says, ‘We used to live at Somerton Park, then I fell and broke my hip, and we realised that we needed more help. Then I had another fall and broke my other hip.’ ‘We had … Continued

    Mrs Phyllis Dohnt celebrates ‘the big 100’

    Happy birthday to Resthaven Western Community Services client, Mrs Phyllis Dohnt, who turns 100 on 24 May! Born in Hindmarsh, South Australia, on 24 May 1924, Phyllis was the third eldest of six children.  At the time of her birth, her parents were market gardeners, living at Flinders Park, before buying a market garden on … Continued

    Consumer Advisory Body member Maureen is chasing meaningful change

    When Maureen Franklin of Encounter Bay heard that Resthaven was putting together a Consumer Advisory Body to inform services for older people, she knew it was ‘right up my street’. An active 76 and living at home with support from Resthaven Fleurieu Community Services, Maureen spent her professional life working ‘across just about every aspect … Continued

    Resthaven opens new office at Sefton Park

    With a presence in the area for 30 years, on Monday 20 May, Resthaven Paradise & Eastern Community Services officially opened a new, larger outreach office at 255 Main North Road, Sefton Park. Guests included Steve Georganas MP (Federal Member for Adelaide), Dana Wortley MP (State Member for Torrens), and Claire Boan (Mayor, City of … Continued

    Palliative Care: Core business in aged care

    On a quiet Tuesday at Resthaven’s head office in Wayville, South Australia, a group of 45 Resthaven employees took part in a Palliative Care Workshop, facilitated by Karen Gregory, Resthaven’s Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse, and Claire Tan, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse. The workshop included presentations from both Karen and Claire, as well as from … Continued

    Matters of Life and Death

    It’s National Palliative Care Week, 19 – 25 May 2024. This annual initiative aims to raise awareness about palliative care, increase understanding of its services, and recognise the skill, dedication and ‘heart’ of the palliative care workforce and volunteers. With good palliative care, those facing death and bereavement are supported to live, die, and grieve … Continued

    Sewing brings comfort for Carmel

    When Mrs Carmel Holla moved into Resthaven Mount Gambier, she was determined to continue her lifelong love of sewing. So it was that she set about converting part of her room at the residential aged care home into a state-of-the-art ‘sewing corner’, complete with sewing machine, overlocker, drawers of buttons and bobs, and colourful fabrics … Continued

    Brittany celebrates International Nurses Day with special connection

    For Brittany Carver, International Nurses Day holds special significance, and not just because she is a Personal Care Assistant herself. The Resthaven Paradise worker is also a relative of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel, the Australian nurse who was the sole survivor of the Bangka Island massacre, which took place on 16 February 1942, shortly after … Continued

    Resthaven celebrates volunteers

    Every day, volunteers at Resthaven make a real and tangible difference in enriching the lives of older people. Volunteers have been an important part of Resthaven since the very beginning in 1935. Nationally, Australia recognises volunteers throughout National Volunteer Week, from 20-26 May 2024. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate with … Continued