• National Volunteer Week – 20-26 May 2019

    At Resthaven, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the service so many give in working together with individuals and enriching their quality of life. Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn, says ‘At Resthaven, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the service so many give in working with individuals and supporting them in … Continued

    A lifetime of decisions

    Proudly working as I do in aged care, and knowing how important such services are to people when they are needed, I am dismayed by the palpable lack of interest in aged care in the recent Federal election campaign. On one hand, there was bipartisan support for the Quality and Safety Royal Commission, whilst on … Continued

    Occupational Therapy students see real-life results

    Three Occupational Therapy students from the University of South Australia are undertaking a nine-week participatory community practice project with Resthaven. The aim of the project is to gain understanding of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST). CST is a structured, evidence based group therapy that has demonstrated positive results for older people with mild to moderate dementia. … Continued

    National Palliative Care Week 2019

    Next week is National Palliative Care Week, 19–25 May 2019. The theme, ‘What matters most?’ continues this year, asking Australians to think about what matters most to them at the end of their lives. The aim is to encourage people to plan ahead and discuss future wishes with their loved ones or health professionals whilst … Continued

    Volunteer dogs approve of ‘garden party’ theme

    On 20 May, Resthaven Mount Gambier will celebrate volunteers with a ‘garden party’ at the home at 24 Elizabeth Street, Mount Gambier. All volunteers with Resthaven Mt Gambier, both human and of the canine variety, are welcomed. At last year’s event we were joined by a group of 5 dogs with their volunteer owners. Manager … Continued

    Frankie’s 50kg weight loss an ‘inspiration’

    With an hour of gym or swimming (or both!) before 6am, Resthaven Marion Community Services client, Mrs Frankie Crilley, is 50 kilos lighter, and in better health, than she was ten years ago. ‘Frankie, who turns 70 this year, has been supported by Resthaven Marion Community Services to live independently in her own home for … Continued

    Aged care action needed now!

    Ahead of the Federal Election on 18 May, I wrote to ask all candidates in our regions not to wait until the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is completed to take action on the changes required in aged care. It seems extraordinary that as of the time of writing, neither the Coalition or ALP … Continued

    Home Support Worker aids independence

    Stan Gafney of Modbury feels ‘very lucky’ to have Resthaven Home Support Worker, Wendy, in his life. So much so, that he emailed the editor of the ‘Resthaven Review’ newsletter, asking for a story to be written about the importance of Home Support Workers! Although Stan is very independent, he values the support of his … Continued