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    Springtime crafting at Resthaven Mitcham

    Residents of Resthaven Mitcham have been taking advantage of the springtime sun, moving their popular craft group outside. Lifestyle Coordinator, Sylvia Ortiz, says, ‘The weather has been gorgeous, so we decided to run our mosaic workshop on the balcony.’ ‘Residents are learning the skill of mosaic with the expertise of Resthaven volunteer, Karen.’ ‘Karen was thrilled … Continued

    Men on the Move take on Mount Lofty Summit

    Resthaven Marion Community Services social group for older men, ‘Men on the Move’, were on top of the world during their recent outing to Mount Lofty Summit in stunning Crafers. Coordinator, Monika Lyckholm says, ‘The group really enjoyed the scenic drive to Crafers, having great discussion along the way.’ Clients commented: ‘I feel like I’m … Continued

    Out and about in Westbourne Park

    On 28 September, Resthaven Westbourne Park formed a small group to check out the Craft Display Day at their local Uniting Church. Lifestyle Coordinator, Rachael Ross says, ‘Westbourne Park Uniting Church is located across the road, and one day, I noticed a banner advertising their display.’ ‘A few residents were interested to take a look, … Continued

    ‘Health Moves’ exercise group keeps Judy going

    Mrs Judy Robinson loves the Resthaven Marion Community Services Health Moves group, but is the first to admit that, when she first started two years ago, she was ‘very wary!’ ‘I needed exercise – I needed to do something,’ she explains. ‘I was coming [to Resthaven Marion Community Services] for podiatry and Tai Chi, but … Continued

    Retirement living: The ‘best thing we ever did’

    Resthaven Marion Retirement Living residents, Mrs Beverley (Bev) and Mr Lawrie Warschauer, say that moving into retirement living was ‘the best thing we ever did.’ Bev explains, ‘Nearly four years ago, we were living in our house down at Moana, but it was so far away from everything. This is far more convenient.’ ‘Here, we’re … Continued

    Behind the eyes of a carer of someone living with dementia

    Resthaven Manager Service Development, Tam Henwood, is passionate about the Staying at Home in Regional South Australia Program. As the primary carer of her mother, who lives with dementia, Tam’s involvement with the initiative is not exclusive to the office, having participated in a retreat earlier this year. Tam explains, ‘The Staying at Home Program … 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

    A lifetime with Resthaven

    Mrs Lilian ‘Rosalie’ Trenerry (93) made the move to Resthaven Mitcham in February 2023, although, her history with the organisation stretches back a lifetime. ‘I have been with the Methodist Church my whole life! I grew up in Crystal Brook, and my father was a farmer and a preacher at our local church. My mother … Continued

    Paradise for knitters

    On 21 September—due to popular demand—Resthaven Paradise & Eastern Community Services held their first ‘Spinning Yarns’ knitting social group session. Therapy Assistant and group facilitator, Nicola Grose, says ‘Our clients love their knitting, and our weekly “Clicking Needles” group has progressively outgrown itself.’ ‘In response to client requests, we decided to open up a second … Continued

    Anusha finds connection through volunteering

    Resthaven Marion Community Services clients have been enjoying extra support in their social groups lately, thanks to volunteer, Anusha Nadeem. In recent years, Anusha and her husband left their home in Pakistan for a new adventure in Australia. Anusha says, ‘It was my husband who first found Resthaven, securing an Enrolled Nurse position with Resthaven … Continued

    Ageing well in luxury apartments

    Mr Bryan Burnett is proud of his status as the longest-residing resident of Resthaven Leabrook Retirement Living, having lived in the premium apartments at 334 Kensington Road since they first opened in 2014. Mr Burnett says, ‘My wife and I watched them build it from the ground up, having lived close by. We received the … Continued

    Ken Wells awarded Order of Australia Medal

    A well-deserved honour

    Congratulations to an integral member of the Resthaven community, Mr Ken Wells (88), who was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his lifetime of contributions to the Murray Bridge community. Ken has dedicated more than 35 years to Resthaven as a volunteer, 70 years to his local agricultural show, 50 years to the Methodist … Continued

    Come and say ‘hi’ to Resthaven at the Yankalilla Show!

    Resthaven is currently expanding in-home care and support services across the Fleurieu Peninsula. To celebrate our expansion into the region, we will be attending the Yankalilla Show on Saturday, 30 September 2023, from 9am – 4pm, at the Yankalilla Showgrounds. Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services, Mel Ottaway, says, ‘As a trusted, leading provider of aged-care … Continued

    Intergenerational playgroup fun at Resthaven Paradise

    Resthaven Paradise has teamed up with the Campbelltown Council and Salvation Army, hosting a weekly ‘Intergenerational Playgroup’ for residents and children – and it’s a hit with all involved. Resident, Mrs Oriole Beaty (88), sums it perfectly when she says, ‘I have great-grandies who I don’t get to see, so when I come to the … Continued

    WW2 veteran, Mr Lyall Ellers, celebrates 100th birthday

    Happy 100th birthday to Mr Lyall Ellers, Resthaven Onkaparinga Community Services client, who celebrated his centenarian milestone on 7 September. Mr Ellers was one of four children, growing up in Claremont, Western Australia, against the backdrop of the Great Depression. ‘Our father was a Great War veteran — he saw another war on the way … Continued

    Come one, come all!

    The past couple of weeks have been busy across Resthaven, with residents and staff alike ‘showing’ off their many talents during the Royal Adelaide Show. Resthaven Aberfoyle Park began their site event on Monday 4 September, debuting with a visit from Farmer Darcy and her travelling farm. Lifestyle Coordinator, Cheryl Bajszi says, ‘Residents were acquainted … Continued

    Ladies’ day out at Resthaven Westbourne Park

    On 10 August, the Resthaven Westbourne Park ladies’ group were delighted to head out on the Resthaven bus for a day of viewing art. Lifestyle Coordinator, Rachael Ross, says, ‘We get up to lots of things each week, such as craft, knitting and baking—whatever it is the group is interested in doing.’ ‘Recently, the group … Continued

    Why Resthaven volunteer pianist chooses aged care

    Volunteer pianist, Tony Kelly, enjoys spending his time hitting the keys at Resthaven Malvern, having discovered the joys of aged care approximately 25 years ago. Tony says, ‘I retired in 1997, but it wasn’t until a few years later that I ventured into volunteering in aged care, and I never looked back.’ ‘I was a … Continued

    Resthaven Bellevue Heights Redevelopment Update — Sept 2023

    Stage two of the $27m major redevelopment at Resthaven Bellevue Heights continues, with the construction of a new service level and a dementia-specific area on the entry level. Manager Residential Services, Leanne Spencer, says, ‘The entry level structure is now being erected, which incorporates 23 new rooms.’ ‘The internal refurbishment of “Banksia” is now complete, … Continued

    Mr Burnett warns of emerging scam

    It is no secret that online scammers are increasingly targeting the over 65 community, and Resthaven Leabrook Retirement Living resident, Mr Bryan Burnett, knows this all too well. Mr Burnett describes his recent experience with us—thankfully an unsuccessful attempt—to share his knowledge on what to do if this happens to you. Mr Burnett explains, ‘I … Continued