• Research

    Six-month mark for Phase 2 of the iSupport Program

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) iSupport for Dementia program supports carers of people with dementia, providing evidence-based online education and skills training. The program is currently being adapted for the Australian context by Prof Lily Xiao (Flinders University), and Resthaven is proud to be a research partner. Phase 2 of the project has now been … Continued

    Phase 1 of the iSupport dementia study complete

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) iSupport for Dementia online training program is being adapted for the Australian context. The current iSupport study is the first large randomised controlled trial of a complex intervention on health and social care services with carers of people living with dementia in real-world practice across hospital and community aged care … Continued

    Phase 2 underway in iSupport

    Having been involved in the initial trial in 2019-20, Resthaven Community Services is pleased to again partner with Flinders University and Prof Lily Xiao, for the following three phases of the iSupport research project. iSupport helps carers to understand dementia and how it may impact themselves and the person they care for. By using a … Continued

    Resthaven partners with Flinders University on dementia program

    Resthaven continues its partnership with Flinders University to further develop the iSupport program, led by Flinders Caring Futures Institute researchers. The Institute has been awarded $1.4 million from the Medical Research Future Fund’s Dementia and Ageing Care Mission, for the next stage of development of the iSupport program. The Partnership in iSupport Program involves providing … Continued

    Resthaven supports international research on frailty

    Dr Mark Thompson is a post-doctoral research fellow and occupational therapist with the University of Adelaide. He was the lead author on a recent article published in ‘Age and Ageing’, one of the world’s leading journals on the health of older adults. This research was supported by Resthaven and used data from the North West … Continued

    Clinical Excellence at Resthaven

    Resthaven’s Clinical Services team works hard to support the care needs of around 2,000 older people living at Resthaven residential aged care homes and in their own homes across South Australia. For this reason, the Resthaven Senior Manager Clinical Services role is of critical importance to the wellbeing of staff and consumers alike. Luckily, the … Continued

    iSupport for Dementia

    Early last year, Resthaven Community Respite Services participated in the initial trial of an adaptation of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ‘iSupport for Dementia’ online training program by the Caring Futures Institute at the Flinders University of South Australia. The WHO’s iSupport for Dementia training aims to educate and train people who care for someone with … Continued

    Preventing hospitalisation due to falls

    ‘Having to go to hospital is traumatic for anyone, and especially so for older people. Any steps that can be taken to prevent unnecessary hospitalisations is a positive step in the right direction,’ says Resthaven Executive Manager Residential Services, Tina Cooper. ‘That is why Resthaven is delighted to continue our work together with Monash University’s … Continued

    Resthaven Launches Diversity Action Plan

    Resthaven has launched its Diversity Action Plan, following the presentation of the operational plan to Resthaven Program Managers in August. Lynn Openshaw, Resthaven Manager Service Development (pictured), says, ‘We are pleased to launch this plan, after consulting with our community. It follows a review completed in 2018, of Resthaven services against the Government’s Aged Care Diversity … Continued

    Cognitive Stimulation Therapy


    Making Minds Matter

    Resthaven has been using Cognitive Stimulation Therapy in some community activities to support older people living with dementia. ‘Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is a structured, evidence based group therapy, involving physical and mental exercises and activities to stimulate thinking, concentration and memory,’ explains Lynn Openshaw, Resthaven Manager Service Development. ‘Final and fourth year University of South … 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

    FIRST study research into frailty


    Improving the health of aged care residents: ‘Frailty in residential service over time’ FIRST Study

    Resthaven and the University of Adelaide are undertaking a research project that aims to improve the health of aged care residents by investigating how their health status changes over time. Resthaven Senior Manager Clinical Services, Leonie Robson, says, ‘The FIRST Study will help to validate a new frailty screening tool, the FRAIL AC, which was … Continued

    iSupport Project Trial

    Resthaven is supporting a new project, led by Prof Lily Xiao of Flinders University, which aims to support informal and family carers of people living with dementia. Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services, Sue McKechnie, explains, ‘Through the iSupport project, customers who attend Resthaven’s Community Respite Services are testing a set of on online education modules. … Continued

    Information Technology in Aged Care Conference (ITAC)


    Resthaven Designs for Innovation

    David Norton, Resthaven Executive Manager, Finance and Corporate Services says, ‘Invite your customers into Business Transformation.’ This week, 21–22 November, Resthaven will present at the 2018 Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre. ‘We will share the major business transformation underway at Resthaven,’ David explains. ‘It is centred on enhancing … Continued

    Project Prevent: Preventing Unnecessary Hospitalisations in Older People

    In August, a group of health professionals, stakeholders, and consumer representatives met to discuss the progress of a project aiming to identify opportunities for the prevention of unnecessary hospitalisations of older people living in residential care. The collaborative initiative between Resthaven Inc and Monash University is known as ‘Project Prevent.’ Tina Cooper, Executive Manager Residential … Continued

    Supporting the wellbeing of older Aboriginal peoples in South Australia

    Resthaven is supporting the wellbeing of older Aboriginal peoples in South Australia by using a ‘Framework’ based on the results of the ‘Keeping you Strong’ research project, commissioned by Resthaven, and conducted by SAHMRI’s Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit. The research, which took place in 2017, aimed to identify ways in which aged care services could … Continued

    Everyone needs a little help sometimes…


    With a Little Help - booklet for carers - Edition 3 out now

    ‘I am pleased to announce that we have just reprinted our very handy little booklet, ‘With a little help’ with tips for carers,’ says Sue McKechnie, Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services. ‘This booklet was initially developed as a collaborative writing project in 2010 by members of Resthaven’s Carers Community Advisory Group, and this is the … Continued

    Engagement of Older People with Consumer Directed Care


    Final report of the project “The Rise of the Consumer: Engagement of Older People with Consumer Directed Care’ ...

    The research team and reference group came together with invited guests to launch the final report of the project “The Rise of the Consumer: Engagement of Older People with Consumer Directed Care”, on Friday 15 June 2018. This project, funded through an Australian Research Centre grant, was conducted in partnership with research institutions University of … Continued

    Enhancing a Palliative Approach

    For more than five years, Resthaven has employed Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (PCNP), Peter Jenkin, to support residents, clients, families and staff in advance care planning and end of life care. ‘Through Peter’s guidance, Resthaven staff have demonstrated a positive attitude to palliative care and the role they have in ensuring palliative and end of … Continued