• 40 Year Volunteer Celebrated

    This week, Resthaven volunteer, Dawn Schaefer, was celebrated for her 40 years of volunteer service with a surprise visit from the Resthaven bus! Dawn, who has supported Resthaven Marion since 1980, and has been staying home for the last couple of months, as recommended, during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this wasn’t going to stop Resthaven … Continued

    Measures for COVID-19 pandemic


    Visiting Arrangements and Screening

    Older people are more susceptible to contracting and being seriously affected by COVID-19. As we all adapt to the current environment, Resthaven has restricted visitor access to our residential aged care services in line with the SA Police Commissioner’s Directions. Each resident may have only one visit per day by one or two visitors together … Continued

    ‘Thank you’ to volunteers on National Volunteer Week

    This week (18-25 May) is National Volunteer Week, and Resthaven says ‘thank you’ to volunteers for all that they do. In this, Resthaven’s 85th anniversary year, we reflect on how volunteers have been at the heart of Resthaven since the very beginning. ‘Rest Haven’ was officially opened on 11 May, 1935, when two people volunteered … Continued

    Brightening up the day

    With his loud Hawaiian shirts and sunny disposition, volunteer, Leigh, is known for ‘brightening up’ everyone’s day at Resthaven Mount Gambier. Lifestyle Coordinator, Trudyanne, says, ‘Leigh comes in on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.’ ‘He facilitates a men’s catch up and coffee, provides individual social visits, and holds a history/men’s club on Fridays, with fellow volunteer, … Continued

    Activity Packs Distributed Across Resthaven

    With many social activities currently postponed, both in Resthaven residential aged care homes and throughout the wider community, Resthaven has created a suite of free ‘activity books’ for residents and clients to enjoy. These include short, four page ‘puzzlers’ sent with winter editions of the site newsletters, ‘life story’ booklets for people to record their … Continued

    Supporting our ‘neighbours’

    A new initiative is underway at Resthaven Marion, with ‘helpers’ from the resident community supporting their fellow residents to enjoy lifestyle activities. Lifestyle Coordinator, Sharon Betty, says, ‘The project is proving to be very well received, with many residents putting up their hands up to support their “neighbours” in a variety of ways.’ ‘Several residents … Continued

    ‘Butterfly Wall’ to Thank Nurses

    Residents at Resthaven Marion have created an International Nurses Day display in the site café, to thank nurses on this day, and every other day, for all that they do. Residents couldn’t leave out the valuable contributions of the care workers as well! Lifestyle Coordinator, Sharon Betty, says, ‘This was a heartfelt effort from residents, … Continued

    International Nurses Day 2020

    Celebrating Julie’s 50+ year nursing career on International Nurses Day 2020 has been designated by the World Health Organisation as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and also marks 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale. Resthaven Clinical Nurse Workforce Development, Julie Tansing, who herself celebrates 51 years of nursing this year, … Continued

    ‘Thank You’ Says Celia

    Mrs Celia Cookson of the Resthaven Marion Independent Retirement Living Units recently contacted Resthaven Marion Community Services to thank them for the extra support they have provided to her throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Mrs Cookson wrote, ‘I was wondering how I would be able to get food and essential supplies.’ ‘Then, someone at Resthaven Marion … Continued