• 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

    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

    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 ‘immense personal satisfaction’ of an aged care career

    Working in aged care will give you ‘immense personal satisfaction,’ according to Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services Home Support Worker, Katrina Miller. ‘I’ve been in the south east for 25 years,’ she says, ‘And for most of it, I worked in a wine manufacturing laboratory.’ ‘But honestly, it was boring, and I realised that I … Continued

    World’s Greatest Shave at Ridgway House

    On 22 April, staff, volunteers and clients got together at Ridgway House for Assistant Manager, Julian Sporne’s, highly anticipated hair colouring day for the World’s Greatest Shave. The idea came from a conversation between Home Support Worker, Bec Marshall, and Julian earlier this year. ‘I have a different hair colour most weeks, and when I … Continued

    Resthaven Embraces Diversity

    Resthaven Paradise Lifestyle Coordinator, Thuy-Anh Pham, has a passion for aged care, and enjoys the diversity rich environment she works in every day. Commencing in 2018, Thuy-Anh has developed Lifestyle programs that cater to what residents want out of their day-to-day activities. ‘I have always loved people and have got on particularly well with the … Continued

    Job security at Resthaven Port Elliot

    Resthaven Port Elliot Care Coordinator, Robyn Dawes, enjoys working with a vibrant team in an unbeatable location. ‘I enjoy coming into work every day and knowing that we all do the best we can do, and the residents, clients and families all see that which is heart-warming,’ Robyn says. ‘I started working here in June … Continued

    An interesting career in aged care

    Newly appointed Residential and Retirement Living Support Coordinator, Kerry Amberg, began her career in aged care in 2005 at Resthaven’s Head Office – starting as a Claims Administrator in Finance and working her way into the Support Coordinator role for Residential Services and Retirement Living. ‘Working in the varied roles that I have held over … Continued

    Living Resthaven’s values every day

    Relieving Manager Residential Services, Jane Abbot, has recently celebrated her decade long career with Resthaven – sharing her first-hand experiences working in aged care, and the continued growth of the organisation. Starting her career as a Registered Nurse over thirty years ago, Jane spent some time experiencing the hustle of hospital work, before making her … Continued

    ‘The guilt is gone’, says Registered Nurse Julie

    Over the past few years, Julie Smith’s experience both as a Registered Nurse at Resthaven and as a family member, has given her a well-rounded view of Resthaven Craigmore. Julie began working for Resthaven Craigmore in 2018, primarily as a Documentation Nurse, after an already impressive nursing career surpassing 40 years. ‘I started my career … Continued

    ‘I find a lot of joy in the work that I do,’ says Gil

    A few years ago, Gil Briones took over the Registered Nurse Coordinator position at Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services, after studying and working in the Philippines. Gil graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Nursing in the Philippines in 2007, working as a registered nurse for a couple of years, before deciding to begin … Continued

    New Lifestyle Coordinator at Resthaven Mount Gambier

    A new ‘Lifestyle’ for Pamela

    New Resthaven Mount Gambier Lifestyle Coordinator, Pamela Bastow, describes her move from New South Wales to Mount Gambier as a ‘great adventure.’ Pamela (picture above with the Lifestyle team first from left), who moved to the Mount with her partner in November 2020, says, ‘My friends back in New South Wales are terribly jealous when … Continued

    Resthaven a ‘meaningful place to work’

    Resthaven Malvern Housekeeping Services Assistant, Paige Sumner, thoroughly enjoys her work, saying that ‘staff and residents alike make working here meaningful every day’. Since she began five years ago, Paige has developed a wealth of knowledge in aged care. ‘I started off working in laundry, and moved my way across working in cleaning, kitchen and … Continued

    ‘If you love what you do, then it’s not work’, says Billie

    Since Billie Garden commenced with Resthaven ten years ago, she has gone from Home Support Worker to Relieving Assistant Manager Community Services – and she still loves her work now just as much as she did when she started. Billie says, ‘I have a real passion for the aged care industry.’ ‘The support I receive … Continued

    Tania is ‘fulfilling Resthaven’s purpose’

    Resthaven Mitcham Personal Care and Lifestyle Assistant, Tania Roberts, enjoys the varied roles she plays in aged care, and the opportunities made available to her – ‘there is nothing else quite as fulfilling as our purpose’, which for Resthaven is ‘Working together: Outstanding care and support for older people and their carers’. ‘The hours work … Continued

    ‘Resthaven is a place of family for me!’ says Dementia Educator

    Gill Schulze, Resthaven Dementia Educator, has a wealth of knowledge in the aged care field, as well as an extensive knowledge of Resthaven. Whilst still at high school, her first job was working in the kitchen at Resthaven Leabrook. Gill recalls walking to the site straight from school. Her time at Resthaven Leabrook involved Gill … Continued