• Resthaven Murray Bridge Sculpture by Gerry McMahon

    A custom built sculpture commissioned by Resthaven, and handcrafted by South Australian artist, Gerry McMahon, now greets visitors at the entrance of Resthaven Murray Bridge, at 53 Swanport Road. The sculpture, titled ‘Dream on Flight,’ is described by Gerry as a: ‘Sculptural snapshot of a child, grandmother and pelican, set on a plinth design to … Continued

    Sisters enjoy respite at Lane Cottage, Kingswood

    Sisters, Marjorie Holman and Rhonda Brown, aged 97 and 91 respectively, are both enjoying the support provided by Resthaven Community Respite Services. Marjorie especially has a long association with Resthaven, having volunteered at Resthaven Westbourne Park as a Chaplain’s Assistant and in the site shop for more than 20 years. Rhonda and Marjorie were born … Continued

    Amazing World War II rescue story

    The Resthaven Onkaparinga Community Services Men’s Group hears lots of interesting stories, but none so amazing as the lifesaving rescue of Mr Stephen Jones by fellow Resthaven client, Mr Bob Biggs, during World War II. Coordinator and Men’s Group facilitator, Corinne Lama, says, ‘It all started during an Arctic expedition during WWII.’ ‘Mr Jones*, who … Continued

    Thinking of Others

    At this time of year, we look forward to catching up with family and friends, to enjoy sharing time and hospitality. However, the festive season can also bring mixed feelings. For people living in poverty, it may be a very difficult time. Poverty is a root cause of homelessness: having a lower income than necessary … Continued

    Inaugural Resthaven Palliative Medicine Prize

    On 5 December, Wei Jie Tan, from the University of Adelaide was awarded the inaugural Resthaven Palliative Medicine Prize at the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery Declaration Ceremony. The Palliative Medicine Prize is awarded to a final year University of Adelaide medical student who has demonstrated excellence in palliative medicine during their medical training. ‘We … Continued

    Resthaven Community Services expand in Mount Gambier

    With continued increasing demand for aged care support at home in the south-east, Resthaven has recently opened a new office space in Mount Gambier. The Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services office is located at 15B James Street, Mount Gambier, in the heart of the shopping district. ‘We have seen an increase in the demand for … Continued

    ‘Thank You’ from a Family Member

    Resthaven Aberfoyle Park recently received a lovely letter of thanks from the family of a resident: ‘It has been five weeks since my mum shifted into Resthaven Aberfoyle Park, and I am amazed at how well she has coped with the change.’ ‘We were preparing ourselves for the shift to set her back, but that … Continued

    New Social Group for Resthaven Riverland Community Services

    Resthaven Riverland Community Services recently launched a new social group, with one of its first outings to the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery. Manager Community Services, Sandy Smith, says ‘Clients were transported to Murtho, where they sat along the banks of the Murray River, listening to acoustic band, “Trick”, whilst enjoying beautiful cheese platters prepared for us … Continued

    Petting Zoo at Port Elliot

    In November, residents and staff at Resthaven Port Elliot were delighted to host the ‘Old McDonald’s Farm’ petting zoo to the home at 50 North Terrace, Port Elliot. Lifestyle Coordinator, Kirsty Meggison, says, ‘We host the Old McDonald’s Farm petting zoo regularly throughout the year, and the visits are always very popular – this time … Continued

    Once Upon a Time at Christmas

    It was 1939, and Christmas was coming! Grandma had made the puddings, five of them securely tied in their calico cloths and hung from the rafters of the wide south-facing verandah. Rich in dried fruit with a dash of brandy, they were boiled for hours, and now left to season and mature; gifts for her … Continued

    Resthaven Murray Bridge 60th Anniversary Celebration

    ‘I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Resthaven Murray Bridge in 2018 than with the completion of the current major redevelopment project,’ says Manager Residential Services, Debbie Lindner. ‘The $16.5m redevelopment that has taken more than two years has completely changed the site. There is a new main entrance … Continued

    Christmas tree decorations for St Peters Anglican Church

    Resthaven residents have created a bounty of handmade decorations to be displayed on the ‘Resthaven tree’ at St Peters Anglican Church at Glenelg, as part of the church’s annual Christmas tree display. Resthaven Marion Lifestyle Coordinator, Karen Neighbour, says, ‘Residents from several Resthaven sites across the southern areas contributed handmade items to decorate the Resthaven … Continued

    Older Australians deserve quality aged care

    The Australian aged care system continues an ongoing reform process. The aim is to simplify access to services and increase choice and control for individuals. It is imperative that Australia continues to plan for the future needs of all its citizens as the population ages. The substantial growth in the number of people who will … Continued

    Resthaven clients get crafty with papier maché

    In early October, Resthaven Northern Community Services clients created amazing papier maché “Halloween heads” during their weekly social group, held at the site at 16 Gillingham Road, Elizabeth. Manager, Tracey Bunyon, says, ‘The social group meets on Thursday or Friday mornings, and enjoys morning tea together, followed by a range of activities.’ ‘We do something … Continued

    Callout for volunteer bus drivers!

    Three of Resthaven’s volunteer bus drivers are retiring at the end of the year, so we are putting this call out for more volunteer bus drivers. You may know someone, your friends may know someone and your neighbours may know someone… Join us in spreading the word. People really enjoy the bus trips, the destinations … Continued