• COVID-19 Vaccination Information for our Communities

    COVID-19 Vaccinations for Resthaven Residents The COVID-19 vaccination for residents of Residential Aged Care Facilities is being coordinated by the Australian Government and delivered by organisations contracted to the Commonwealth Department of Health. The vaccine being provided to residents through this program is the AstraZeneca. Resthaven appreciates the cooperation of residents who have chosen to … Continued

    A career in aged care? Yes!

    Meet Brock Muller, 25, who challenges the stereotypical attitude that aged care is not a workplace for young people. Brock has worked as a personal care assistant at Resthaven Mount Gambier for three years, and brings with him youthful enthusiasm and a willingness to learn from the older people he supports. Brock says, ‘I believe … Continued

    Home Support Worker Desma makes a difference

    Desma Jenke, Home Support Worker with Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services, is making a difference in the lives of older people across the south east, supporting them to live independently in their own homes, or enjoy a short stay in Resthaven’s Naracoorte respite cottage. Desma, who has worked in the role for around eight years, … Continued

    Resthaven funds scholarships to develop the future workforce

    Resthaven actively works to position aged care as a career destination for people seeking long and secure jobs that make a difference. A tangible demonstration of this commitment is to offer a range of scholarships for university students in relevant disciplines to encourage them to consider aged care careers. With a value of up to … Continued

    Resthaven supports older people to live independently


    ‘I enjoy life very much’, says John

    Resthaven Northern Community Services supports older people living in the northern suburbs to live independently in their own homes. One of these is Mr John Nimmo, who cannot praise his service enough, saying ‘my independence is very important to me’. Amongst the many services that Resthaven Northern Community Services provides, John is especially thankful for … Continued

    ‘Thank you’ from 21 year old Resthaven scholarship recipient

    Third year Bachelor of Physiotherapy student, 21 year old Liam McCabe, is a wonderful example of how the Resthaven 80th anniversary scholarship program benefits not just students, but the future aged care workforce, and older people requiring support. Liam says, ‘I am in my third year of Physiotherapy (Hons) at the University of South Australia.’ … Continued

    Resthaven scholarships shape lives, futures

    One of the ways in which Resthaven supports the future aged care workforce is through the provision of scholarships at all three major South Australian universities. These were funded in celebration of Resthaven’s 80th anniversary in 2015 and continue. The current group of scholarship recipients from the University of South Australia share their thoughts on … Continued

    ‘Thank You’ from a family

    A family recently reached out to the Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services team to thank them for the ‘calm and professional support’ provided to their parents by Coordinator, Jane Sweeney. The family wrote: ‘In conjunction with my parents, we initially interviewed several home care providers to set up a Home Care Package.’ ‘We were … Continued

    ‘Thank you’ from a family

    The wife of a Resthaven Aberfoyle Park resident has contacted Resthaven to thank staff for their ‘caring, friendly’ approach in their support of her husband. ‘My husband is a resident, and we can’t speak highly enough about every department of this excellent nursing home,’ she says. ‘It was emotionally difficult for him to move from … Continued

    ‘Your staff are wonderful’

    Resthaven Leabrook was recently contacted by a family to thank staff for the care of their parents. The family said, ‘Our family would like to express our thanks for the care shown to our parents while in your Leabrook facility.’ ‘The entire staff went above and beyond to help them settle in, get to know … Continued

    Flexibility and Empathy in Palliative Care

    Resthaven Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Peter Jenkin, says that ‘flexibility and empathy are just as important as technical skills when it comes to providing good end of life care’. Peter, who has worked as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Resthaven for almost nine years, reflects on several occurrences in the early 1990s, which steered … Continued

    ‘Thank you’ from a client

    A Resthaven Marion Community Services client has contacted us to ‘personally express’ their ‘gratitude and thanks for having been able to participate in the [Resthaven Short Term Restorative Care] program.’ The client says, ‘It was organised competently, and run very effectively by the staff at Resthaven Marion Community Services.’ ‘I wish to highlight several specialists … Continued

    100th birthday celebrated at Resthaven Malvern


    ‘Keeping mum safe’ on her special day

    Many happy returns to Mrs Elizabeth Gould, who celebrated her 100th birthday at Resthaven Malvern on 28 April with a ‘window birthday party’ due to COVID-19 visitor restrictions. Elizabeth was seated in the front foyer area as her family celebrated outside the window, communicating with a white board and coordinating with the site staff to … Continued

    ‘Thank You’ from family and friends


    Keeping residents safe

    We thank all those families and friends of the older people living in Resthaven’s residential aged care homes who have reached out to show their support for Resthaven’s visitor policies during these difficult times. In considering the risks for residents and staff, we took the very difficult decision to cease visitor access on 25 March … Continued

    Positive Testimonials from the Resthaven Community

    In 2020, Resthaven has supported older people and their carers for more than 85 years. Over the years, many things have changed. However, our commitment to supporting older people and their carers has never wavered. We stay true to the original vision of our founders. Since 1935, many hardships have been overcome, and more will … Continued

    ‘Well done’ from a friend

    The friend of a former Resthaven Westbourne Park resident recently wrote to express their thanks for the ‘friendly and helpful manner in which I was treated on my visits to your establishment.’ ‘My lovely friend was happy at Resthaven, and I wish to highlight the importance of staff when visitors come.’ ‘I appreciated that nothing … Continued