• Two Staff, 82 Years of Service at Resthaven Marion

    Resthaven farewelled two very long-serving Resthaven Marion staff members into retirement, who, between them, have completed 82 years of service to the Resthaven Marion community. Jo Ford and Mira Trett, both of the housekeeping team, have served 38 years and 44 years respectively. What an amazing achievement! Manager Residential Services, Stephanie Steensma, says, ‘Both Jo … Continued

    Transitioning Nurses Celebrate Graduation at Resthaven

    On 20 February, Resthaven celebrated the graduation of the ‘Transition to Professional Practice Program’ (TPPP) class of 2019. The Resthaven TPPP aims to provide mentoring and practical support to graduate nurses as they transition into a professional aged care environment, building confidence in their skills, and enabling them to provide high quality care to older … Continued

    Holli is making a difference

    It’s been an exciting couple of years for Resthaven Western Community Services Enrolled Nurse, Holli Gilbertson. Holli, who started with Resthaven in mid-2018, originally started out working in hospitality, as she ‘loves working with people.’ As she also loves working with older people, she decided to change career paths. ‘I did a certificate III in … Continued

    From Finance to Aged Care – Julian’s career story.


    Encore Career with Heart

    After 25 years in the finance industry, Julian Sporne (Assistant Manager, Resthaven Community Respite Services), needed a change of focus from dollars to people. ‘In 2014, I had a complete change of career and became a Home Support Worker with Resthaven,’ says Julian. ‘It was a huge culture shift for me to work in the … Continued

    Resthaven Diversity Training

    Resthaven recently trialled group training sessions for staff and volunteers in ‘Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training’. ‘Resthaven’s Diversity Action Plan is a response to the Australian Government Aged Care Diversity Framework, released in 2017’, says Lynn Openshaw, Manager Service Development. ‘As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and in response to … Continued

    Employment Opportunities in Aged Care

    Career opportunities in aged care are ‘unlimited,’ says Registered Nurse, Emma Read; she would know, having gone from an RN working through an agency to Clinical Nurse ACFI within the space of just eight years. A UniSA graduate (Bachelor of Nursing), Emma’s first interaction with Resthaven was in 2011, working some shifts as an Agency … Continued

    Festive Welcome for New Resthaven Port Elliot Manager

    We welcome Karen de Bonde as Manager Residential Services at Resthaven Port Elliot. On 13 December, Resthaven Port Elliot held their annual Resident Christmas Luncheon at the home at 3 Frederik Street, Port Elliot, during which they welcomed new Manager, Karen de Bonde. Karen, a highly experienced Registered Nurse with a 30 year career in … Continued

    Diwali Celebrations at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park

    On Monday 28 October, staff at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park organised a celebration in honour of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Indian and Nepalese staff cooked a traditional lunch for all staff to share, and dressed in traditional cultural outfits with accompanying jewellery. Staff then put on a bollywood-style dance for residents, and everyone had … Continued

    10k Step Challenge Accepted!

    In recognising ‘Safe Work Month’ throughout October, staff from Resthaven’s Marion Community Services, Onkaparinga Community Services, and Community Respite Services are ‘stepping up’ to complete a 10,000 step per day challenge! Almost fifty staff are participating across the three community services sites, with the challenge being driven by the Assistant Managers. According to Assistant Manager … Continued