• COVID-19 Vaccination Information for our Communities

    COVID-19 Vaccinations for Resthaven Residents The COVID-19 vaccination for residents of Residential Aged Care Facilities is being coordinated by the Australian Government and delivered by organisations contracted to the Commonwealth Department of Health. The vaccine being provided to residents through this program is the AstraZeneca. Resthaven appreciates the cooperation of residents who have chosen to … Continued

    Australia Talks with Resthaven

    Resthaven was pleased to be approached by producers of the ABC’s popular segment, Australia Talks, to identify older people who wanted to talk about discrimination in Australia – resulting in some interesting conversation on 21 May 2021. ABC Producer, Lottie Naughton, organised filming of a segment involving approximately a dozen members of the public from … Continued

    Men on the Move and About Town

    On Thursday 17 June 2021, Resthaven hosted a special event for Resthaven clients and staff. The event was part of the annual Maintenance and Gardeners Development Day, which coincides with Men’s Health Week each year. Resthaven Marion Community Services social groups for men, ‘Men on the Move’ and ‘Men About Town,’ were invited to the … Continued

    Resthaven walk from ‘Adelaide to Singapore’

    During the month of April, Resthaven Community Services took part in the 10,000 Step Challenge, commencing 1 April, and ending on 18 April. Following the success of the previous event in 2019, staff were determined to beat the record of 9.8 million steps between the three teams: Resthaven Community Respite Services, Resthaven Marion Community Services … Continued

    Eighty-six-year-old Tom lives out life-long dream

    On Saturday 5 June 2021, Resthaven Northern Community Services client, Mr Thomas Grindlay, lived out his life-long dream, driving one of Australia’s most iconic steam trains at the National Rail Museum at 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide. Every Thursday, Mr Grindlay joins a social group at Resthaven Northern Community Services, where clients enjoy a range … Continued

    A career in aged care? Yes!

    Meet Brock Muller, 25, who challenges the stereotypical attitude that aged care is not a workplace for young people. Brock has worked as a personal care assistant at Resthaven Mount Gambier for three years, and brings with him youthful enthusiasm and a willingness to learn from the older people he supports. Brock says, ‘I believe … Continued

    Technology lessons for the elderly

    Closing the gap in a technology-driven world

    Resthaven Mount Gambier residents are being offered lessons on all things technology, thanks to Home Support Worker, Katrina Miller, of Resthaven Community Services in Mount Gambier at 15B James Street. An Information and Hands-on IT Support Session commenced on 22 April, – to help participants access our technology-driven world. ‘I started facilitating this group because … Continued

    Volunteer takes on wisdom from century old “Cliffy”

    On 17 May, Mrs Cliffline Cox, known as Cliffy, celebrated her 100th birthday and volunteer Leigh, sat down with her to learn more about her life over a century. Currently, Cliffy is a resident at Resthaven Mount Gambier, but she was once a young girl growing up in the small country town of Dungog, NSW … Continued

    Knitting for those in need

    Resthaven Murray Bridge resident, Mrs Betty Preece, has been knitting away for the ‘Real Time Heart-Based cause’ of ‘Knit a Care’, a community project where anyone can contribute towards knitting squares for those in need. Knitting individual squares, participants mail them to the Real Time Heart-Based, where the founders, Tricia and Nigel, personally knit them … Continued

    Home Support Worker Desma makes a difference

    Desma Jenke, Home Support Worker with Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services, is making a difference in the lives of older people across the south east, supporting them to live independently in their own homes, or enjoy a short stay in Resthaven’s Naracoorte respite cottage. Desma, who has worked in the role for around eight years, … Continued

    The priceless contribution of volunteers

    Last week, we celebrated National Volunteer Week, giving us the opportunity to thank the people who make our community stronger. With almost six million people volunteering in Australia, they play a vital role in our lives, especially in times of need. The global pandemic has had a significant impact upon volunteers, particularly in aged care. … Continued

    105th Birthday Celebrations

    Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services client, Irene O’Shea, who celebrated her 105th birthday on 30 May, is not your average centenarian. Having celebrated her 100th birthday in 2016 with a skydive from 14,000 feet, Irene has always been an adventurer. 14,000 feet is 4,267 metres – 4.2km or 2.65 miles. Since that first ‘jump,’ … Continued

    100th Birthday Celebrations for Helena

    Many happy returns to Resthaven Murray Bridge resident, Mrs Helena Michalik, who celebrated her 100th birthday on 12 May. Mrs Michalik was born in Siensko, Poland, the eldest of six children. The family lived on a small farm. As the eldest child, she would help her mother look after the younger children while she worked … Continued

    More than just a drive thanks to Home Care Package

    Resthaven Marion Community Services client, Mr Charles Wauchope, has found a way to continue doing what he loves, thanks to the support that Resthaven provides. Mr Wauchope has always enjoyed going on outings, however, his sight has declined over the years, and he is now no longer able to drive. ‘His wife, Carlene, still takes … Continued

    Resthaven Award celebrates medical excellence in Palliative Care

    On Friday 7 May 2021, the University of Adelaide MBBS Declaration Ceremony was held in Bonython Hall. The ceremony recognises the special achievements of medical students and staff and includes the recitation of the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Geneva, which affirms the principles governing their future practice. This special occasion for the graduating class of … Continued

    Palliative Care, it’s more than you think

    As Palliative Care Week, 23 May – 29 May, approaches, we acknowledge Resthaven’s role in caring for older South Australians as they near the end of their lives. The theme of this year’s National Palliative Care Week (23 – 29 May); ‘Palliative Care.  It’s more than you think.’ Palliative care is not just about the … Continued