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    Resthaven continues to demonstrate commitment to diversity with new role

    Resthaven’s proud commitment to diversity and inclusion continues with the latest announcement that Priscilla de Pree has accepted a change in role from Project Officer – Multicultural and Diversity, to the newly evolved position of Diversity and Inclusion Lead. The original position was established in 2005, when Resthaven Incorporated introduced a role that solely focused … Continued

    ‘Paint by numbers’ for Flo

    When Mrs Florence ‘Flo’ Symes moved into Resthaven Paradise four years ago, she didn’t want to ‘waste time sitting around.’ So it was that she turned her hand to the popular ‘paint by numbers’ art activity, creating almost 50 paintings so far – with no sign of slowing down in sight. Flo discovered painting late … Continued

    Community is key for Charlie at Resthaven Murray Bridge

    At Resthaven Murray Bridge, Relieving Manager Charlie Roe is enjoying the unique mix of residents and staff who make up her remit. An Adelaide Hills resident herself, Charlie identifies with the country-town feel, where everyone knows each other, and connections are made at the school gate or on the sports field. ‘Resthaven has a strong … Continued

    Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services office opening

    On Friday 12 April, Resthaven officially opened the new Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services office at 13 Penola Road, Mount Gambier. The event was attended by Board members, managers and executives, local staff and stakeholders, and the most important guests, Resthaven clients. Manager, Theresa Connor, says, ‘Whilst our office at 15b James Street has served … Continued

    Brian Measday spreads his wings with butterfly breeding program

    Resthaven Mitcham resident, Mr Brian Measday (85), is many things; an inventor, a retired Chartered Accountant, a butterfly breeder, a life member of TREENET, and one of the most published ‘Letters to the Editor’ writers in South Australia. Each of these interests (apart from accounting, but more on that later) has its roots in the … 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

    Wii Fit and other activities help clients to ‘keep active with Parkinson’s’

    April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and for those who have received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, ongoing aerobic activities can assist with symptoms such as a decline in mobility, postural instability and cognitive decline. ‘Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that can affect people from all walks of life,’ Lachlan Adams, Resthaven Occupational Therapist … Continued

    With a song and a prayer, Deb volunteers with Resthaven

    For Deb Wotherspoon, one of the most rewarding things is to hear the voices of people singing along with her piano playing. A volunteer at Resthaven Bellevue Heights, Deb, and her bordoodle (border collie/poodle) Fergus, support the ‘Worship for Everyone’ church service. Deb plays the piano during the service and then continues to play afterwards … Continued

    New creative outlet as Resthaven residents try art therapy

    Residents at Resthaven Westbourne Park have been exploring their creative side, taking part in art therapy sessions run by the SEW Program (Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Aged Care) from Relationships Australia. ‘Most of us consider art projects to be a fun, relaxing way for people of all ages to express their creativity,’ Rachael Ross, Lifestyle … Continued

    Baby chicks promote wellness and capture new beginnings

    Easter celebrations mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ, symbolised through new beginnings. At Resthaven Bellevue Heights, residents have been experiencing this first-hand with the arrival of the ‘Henny Penny Hatching’ program. Watching chicks emerging from their shells brings delight to residents at the home. Mrs Helen Thorp (pictured right) kept chickens for many years and … 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

    Make your wishes heard with an Advance Care Directive

    For Karen Gregory, Resthaven’s Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse, Advance Care Planning Week (March 18–25) is a timely reminder that everyone over the age of 18 should have an Advance Care Directive. ‘Talking about death and dying is not always easy’, Karen says. ‘But these conversations are extremely important. There might be a time in … Continued

    Leadership Excellence: Sonia’s strategic transformation of Resthaven’s workforce

    Over the past three years, Manager Workforce Strategy, Sonia Hunter, has emerged as a dynamic leader. She has contributed to shaping Resthaven’s workforce and organisational culture in the face of challenges such as the Royal Commission, a global pandemic, and ongoing government reforms. Late last year, Resthaven nominated Sonia in the ‘Emerging Leader’ category for … Continued

    Continued growth in the Fleurieu leads to expansion of Resthaven services

    Every day, Resthaven shares the lives and wisdom of older people and their carers, opening doors to the full range of aged care service options available. Services are provided throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Fleurieu Peninsula, lower Barossa region and the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Executive Manager Community Services, Mel Ottaway, … Continued

    Resthaven staff and volunteers shine at the inaugural Resthaven Excellence Awards

    Resthaven’s commitment to delivering high-quality residential and community aged care services was on show last Friday, 1 March when the inaugural Resthaven Excellence Awards took place. Held at the new Wolf Blass Centre, Morphettville, the awards recognise and reward the contribution of Resthaven volunteers and employees who live the Resthaven values – trust, dignity and … Continued