• From the CEO

    Recognising the valued contribution

    On 7 August, we celebrate Aged Care Employee Day, where we recognise the valued contribution that aged care staff make. As our population ages and staff needs continue to increase, it is gratifying to see many younger people joining the sector. Recently, we held a training day specifically for high school students who were joining … 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

    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

    Navigating the Aged Care system

    None of us like to admit that we might need a little help one day. Like many things in life, a decline in our capacity to complete certain functions is something that creeps up on you. Tasks that you used to be able to manage easily, start to become more difficult. And navigating the aged … Continued

    Finding ways to contribute

    At Resthaven, we recently held an award night to celebrate staff and volunteers who had gone above and beyond in their role. It was wonderful to be involved in an event that recognised and acknowledged people who had made a difference to the lives of others. One of the highlights of the evening was seeing … Continued

    What has changed since the Royal Commission?

    The end of February marks three years since the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. So, what has changed and what does this mean for older Australians? One of the most significant initiatives was the release of 80,000 home care packages over two years in 2021-22 … Continued

    Another year of change

    The start of a new year is an opportunity to set some goals or resolutions for the year ahead. For the aged care sector, 2024 represents another year of ongoing change. In July this year, a new rights-based Aged Care Act commences, together with revised Aged Care Quality Standards. And, for the first time, residential … Continued

    Time flies

    I would love a dollar for every time someone mentions how quickly the past year has gone. It usually doesn’t take long for the conversation to turn to how time seems to go faster as we get older. We then reflect on a happier time when life took a more leisurely pace. Times have changed, … Continued

    ‘When I’m One Hundred and Four’

    In October, three generations of my family had the pleasure of seeing Sir Paul McCartney rock the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. It is hard to think of an act, other than The Wiggles, that have so successfully crossed two generation gaps. At 81 years old, McCartney is the epitome of healthy ageing. It was unthinkable twenty … Continued

    Just call me ‘Bob’

    Language is a powerful tool. It can bring us together as quickly as it can divide us. Over recent decades, we have become much more aware that using language to ‘label’ others can cause deep harm and distress. October 7 was Ageism Awareness Day, and it made me think about how the labelling of generations … Continued

    Ageism – delivered by your smartphone

    Smartphones have revolutionised our lives. These high-powered computers connect us to the world in a way we have never seen before, and businesses cleverly leverage their power to improve customer experiences, by adding value or convenience. Many memberships or services are now accessed via a mobile phone app. We use them to log in to … Continued

    Supporting people who care

    On Monday 7 August, we celebrate ‘Aged Care Employee Day,’ to thank all those who work in aged care for the vital role they play in the lives of older people. Aged care workers support the most vulnerable members of our society. They make a tangible improvement to the quality of life for thousands of … Continued

    A long winter

    Last Thursday was the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. It represents a turning point, when the days begin to get longer and the mornings start to get lighter. It has been a long winter for older Australians and their families, aged care workers and the dedicated providers who deliver … Continued

    Change Makers

    Last week, Volunteering Australia celebrated National Volunteer Week (15-21 May), with the theme ‘We are the change makers’, to highlight the powerful impact volunteers make. Volunteering can change the lives of both volunteers and those they support. This week offers an opportunity to recognise the crucial role of those volunteers who give their time and … Continued

    Respect and recognition

    Each Anzac Day, we recognise and honour the service of veterans and their families in appreciation of their contribution to our country and our way of life. It is a day to pause and reflect in commemoration. It is wonderful to see Australians of all ages come together to pay their respect at Anzac Day … Continued

    A feast of flavours

    In 2023, South Australia is a richly diverse society, with people from across the world bringing their varied backgrounds and experiences. Last week, we celebrated Harmony Week, which gave us the opportunity to embrace inclusiveness, respect, and a sense of belonging. The makeup of our society has changed markedly over the past century. The people … Continued

    New Executive Manager Community Services announced

    Resthaven CEO, Darren Birbeck, announced today, ‘Due to the forthcoming retirement of Resthaven Executive, Sue McKechnie at the end of March, I am pleased to advise that Melanie (Mel) Ottaway has been appointed to the role of Executive Manager Community Services.’ ‘Mel comes to Resthaven from Uniting Communities, where she is the Executive Manager, Services … Continued

    A difficult time for everyone

    The announcement that a celebrity has dementia can make headlines around the world. It is sad when anyone has a diagnosis of dementia, but when a celebrity has this cruel condition, it is brought to the attention of a much broader audience. This must be challenging, not only for the individual, but for their loved … Continued

    ‘Reablement’ – what does it mean?

    Bureaucrats love creating words. The assumption is that people will know what they mean. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is exploring solutions and models to improve the aged care sector. A suggestion is that care and support should focus on ‘wellness and reablement.’ So – what is ‘reablement’? The Government uses … Continued