Resthaven Incorporated

About Resthaven

Established in 1935, Resthaven Incorporated is respected for the delivery of high quality, responsive, accredited services for older South Australians and their carers.

A Public Benevolent Institution, Resthaven is a separately incorporated and financially independent community service associated with the Uniting Church in Australia.

Residential Aged Care

For those who require residential aged care, Resthaven’s fully accredited residential care facilities offer high quality care, residential respite accommodation, secure units for people with memory loss and meaningful leisure and lifestyle programs.

Examples of lifestyle activities offered at Resthaven include:

• Current Affairs e.g. newspaper reading and discussion groups
• Knowledge programs
• Poetry and Brainteaser Quizzes
• Bingo
• Cards and Board Games
• Bus trips
• Armchair travel
• Carpet bowls
• Reminiscence sessions
• Music and concerts
• Men’s group
• Guest speakers

Retirement living units are available at Bellevue Heights, Marion, Malvern, Paradise, and Port Elliot. Eight retirement living apartments are located at Leabrook.

These are ideal for older people who want centrally located accommodation with the independence to come and go as you please.

Home & Community Care

Resthaven provides a range of in-home services which provide support for older people in their own homes.

Resthaven offers in-home care and support to older people living throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, the Fleurieu and the Limestone Coast. Rehabilitation and wellness centres are located at Elizabeth, Marion, Woodville, Murray Bridge and Paradise.

Services depend on the needs of the individual and a Resthaven Coordinator will work with you, and your family and friends if you wish, to create a home care plan for your needs.

The amount of care provided depends on the extent of a person’s care needs, ranging from one hour a week for lower care to much more for those with more complex support needs.

Respite for carers

Resthaven offers a range of in-home, small group, centre based and overnight respite options. All residential facilities offer short-term residential respite accommodation. 


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Keeping Mum Safe on Her Special Day

on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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. 

Joan Knits 4,000 Jumpers for Babies in South Africa

on Friday, May 1, 2020

Answering an advertisement more than 15 years ago entitled ‘Knitters Alert,’ 86-year-old Joan Barty of Loxton set out on a mission. It was no ordinary request for help; this was an urgent call to knit jumpers for newborn babies in South Africa who had been born with AIDS.

Resthaven Appoints New CEO

on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earlier this year, long serving Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn, announced his intention to retire from the CEO role. The Resthaven Board undertook a national recruitment process to find a suitable candidate to take on this key leadership position that Richard has held for 26 years, with more than 34 years in total at Resthaven.

New ‘Parkinson’s at Home’ Program Introduced at Resthaven Northern Community Services

on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Many Resthaven Community Services sites are adapting their centre-based group programs to ensure that clients may continue to access wellness services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Resthaven Mount Gambier Diversity and Inclusion Display

on Friday, April 17, 2020

Residents at Resthaven Mount Gambier have created a ‘Multicultural Melting Pot’ display, as part of an inclusion and diversity project being run at the home at 24 Elizabeth Street, Mt Gambier.

Resthaven Residents Keep Busy

on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Lifestyle teams across all twelve Resthaven residential aged care homes are being proactive in supporting residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, providing a range of activities that give residents something positive to focus on, whilst still complying with important infection control and social distancing requirements.

Mr Ross Longmire's Milestone Birthday

on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Happy 100th birthday to Mr Ross Longmire, who is supported to live independently at home by Resthaven Onkaparinga Community Services.  

"Just calm down," says Jean, 105

on Monday, March 23, 2020

Jean Linehan of Resthaven Bellevue Heights, aged 105, knows all about resilience during times of crisis.

Born during the first world war in February 1915, Jean, along with thousands of older Australians, has lived through other global crises, including the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the Great Depression, several wars, epidemics such as SARS, swine and bird flu.

The House That Grandpa Built

on Friday, March 6, 2020

When Rev. Ian Trevor decided he needed a short respite stay at a residential aged care home, there was really only one choice – Resthaven Leabrook. Why? It was built by his grandfather, FC Catt, in 1910! 

Twins Celebrate 98th Birthday at Resthaven Murray Bridge

on Friday, February 28, 2020

On 24 February 2020, Mrs Shirley Brown of Resthaven Paradise travelled to Resthaven Murray Bridge at 53 Swanport Road, to celebrate her 98th birthday with her twin sister, Mrs Marion Lewis.

Resthaven Social Group Brings Kevin Back to Health

on Monday, February 24, 2020

Two years ago, Mr Kevin Rawlins almost died. "My wife had passed away in 2016, I was all alone," he says. "Then I had a massive heart attack, and ended up in the hospital for four months."

"I could barely move, let alone walk," he says. "I didn’t want to face another day."

Henny Penny Brings Joy to Resthaven Clients

on Friday, February 21, 2020

Over two weeks in early 2020, Resthaven Marion Community Services at 43 Finniss Street, Marion, hosted a ‘Henny Penny Hatching’ incubator, to the delight of clients visiting the centre for their wellness support.

Resthaven Westbourne Park Rally for Paul the Koala

on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Last week, residents, volunteers, staff and visitors of Resthaven Westbourne Park rallied together to raise funds to support Paul, a koala rescued in the recent bushfires, and others affected by this tragedy that has affected so much of Australia.

Isabel Carving Out Her Niche at Resthaven Leabrook

on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

When you think of a furniture carver, Mrs Isabel Fuller of Resthaven Leabrook may not be what comes to mind.

A Day Out with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

on Friday, November 29, 2019

On 31 October, more than 40 Resthaven Northern Community Services clients were supported to attend a special performance of Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’ by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the Adelaide Town Hall. Led by Artist in Association, the legendary Pinchas Zukerman, this Master Series 9 ‘Enigma Variations’ are inspired by real people, friends of the composer – a diverse company whose portraits come alive each time they are performed.

40 Years of Crochet - and More!

on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Mrs Betty Martin of Resthaven Mitcham is 92 years young. With her youthful approach to life, she continues her 40 year interest of crochet. 

Farmer Darcy at Resthaven Port Elliot

on Monday, November 18, 2019

Last month, the ‘Farmer Darcy’ travelling farm visited Resthaven Port Elliot at 3 Frederik Street, Port Elliot. ‘Farmer Darcy’, a regular visitor to the home, brought along a variety of small animals for residents to touch and hold. All are rescued farm animals.

Diversity in Art – and Everywhere

on Friday, November 8, 2019

To celebrate the 2019 ‘Zest Fest’ festival (14-28 October), Resthaven Community Respite Services guests created an art installation entitled Diversity and Harmony, made out of recycled bottle caps. 

Operation Christmas Child in Full Swing at Resthaven

on Monday, October 21, 2019

Resthaven Bellevue Heights independent retirement living residents have donated and packed up 100 boxes of goodies for underprivileged children as part of their 2019 ‘Operation Christmas Child’ initiative. 

Knitted Blankets for the Homeless

on Monday, October 14, 2019

Residents, staff and volunteers of Resthaven Aberfoyle Park are working together to knit warm knitted blankets for the homeless. 

90 Years Young on the Back of a Harley

on Monday, September 30, 2019

Not many people ride to their 90th birthday party on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle – but that’s exactly what Mrs Gloria Watkins of Para Hills did! 

Gloria, who lives independently in her own home with support from Resthaven Northern Community Services, was a little miffed when her family suggested she wear trousers, rather than a skirt, to her birthday celebrations at the Para Hills Community Club.

You’re Never Too Old For the Sandpit

on Thursday, September 26, 2019

Resthaven Malvern residents have made good on their promise to visit the ‘Jacaranda’ children (aged 3-5) of the Hyde Park Nursery School and ELC, visiting the centre this week for morning tea, a singalong, and a sandpit session. 

Farm Animals Delight at Any Age

on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

On Friday 6 September, residents of Resthaven Westbourne Park at 30 Sussex Terrace, Westbourne Park, were delighted to host the ‘Old McDonald’s Farm’ petting zoo.

The Delights of Mypolonga

on Friday, September 13, 2019

On Friday 30 August, the Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu Community Services ‘Support Shed’ group hopped aboard for a bus trip to the regional town of Mypolonga in country South Australia. 

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