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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Four-Legged Volunteers Bring a 'Bark' of Joy to Residents

on Thursday, May 19, 2022

Resthaven Paradise’s very own canine volunteer, Shadow, brings a ‘bark’ of joy to residents each week, accompanied by his owner, and Resthaven volunteer, Russell Dahms.

‘The day I started, is the day I fell in love,’ says Robyn

on Monday, May 9, 2022

"The day I started working in aged care, is the day I fell in love with it," says Resthaven Home Support Worker, Robyn Jones. "I have been working in the aged care sector for around 20 years, a lot of that being in residential care."

Resthaven Resident Mrs Philp Eases Her Way to 100

on Saturday, May 7, 2022

On 9 May, Resthaven Malvern resident, Mrs Mary Philp, reaches her 100th milestone – owing it all to her family. "We have always been close. I grew up in Port Adelaide with my parents, and my maiden aunts lived right next door!"

100-year-old Advice From Mrs Young

on Friday, May 6, 2022

On 21 April, resident, Mrs Margaret Young, celebrates her 100th birthday with family at leafy Resthaven Leabrook. Mrs Young was born in the Memorial Hospital in Adelaide in 1922.

‘Men on the Move’ Take a Railroad Trip Down Memory Lane

on Wednesday, May 4, 2022

On 21 April, Resthaven Marion Community Services social group, Men on the Move, joined the Noarlunga Model Railroaders Club (NMRC) for the morning, the first group to visit since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

"Always look on the bright side," says Joan

on Friday, April 29, 2022

On 15 April, Resthaven Community Respite Services client, Mrs Joan Richardson, celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends. Growing up in Prospect with her parents and three siblings, Joan remembers the hardship of the Great Depression. Times were difficult then - hard work meant everything.

Marg Assists with Breast Cancer Recovery

on Wednesday, April 27, 2022

On Mother’s Day, we recognise the important work that many local communities provide to women everywhere. The Zonta Club of Fleurieu Peninsula is just one of many clubs in Zonta International, who believe in supporting women’s issues and advocating for women’s rights.

Seaside Living at 100

on Thursday, April 21, 2022

100-year-old Mr Kelvin Wegener, was born on his family farm in the Barossa Valley, where he grew up with two brothers. "My parents were strict, honest people – I learned a lot about life from them that I am grateful for."

Resthaven Makes a Difference for Clients with Parkinson’s Disease

on Monday, April 18, 2022

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month, with the United Nations' World Parkinson's Day recognised on 11 April each year. Resthaven provides ongoing support to clients who live with the disease, and Resthaven Northern Community Services is making impressive strides.

"Volunteering opened a door for me that had been shut," says Elaine

on Thursday, April 14, 2022

Elaine Crettenden enjoys her time volunteering with Resthaven Bellevue Heights, and her long association with the organisation stretches back to 1988, when her late husband, Ron, was appointed as a member of the Resthaven Board.

The Man Behind the Cave Garden in the Umpherston Sinkhole

on Monday, April 11, 2022

Mr Kenneth ‘Ken’ Norton was born on 12 August 1929, not yet knowing the integral role he would play in the formation of the cave garden in the Umpherston Sinkhole in Mount Gambier.

100-Year-Old Veteran Shares His Story

on Tuesday, April 5, 2022

On 28 March, Resthaven Riverland Community Services client, Mr Leslie ‘Les’ Voigt, celebrated his big 100. Growing up in Robertstown, in the mid-north of South Australia, on his father’s farm, Les developed his skills in handy work. "We had a mixed farm on 640 acres, so we had a lot to do each day," Les says.

Butterfly Breeding Program Commences at Resthaven

on Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Staff at Resthaven Marion Community Services have been busy getting the site prepared for their new Butterfly Breeding Program, recently welcoming their first two ‘customers’!

Leadership Opportunities at Resthaven

on Friday, March 11, 2022

During Women’s History Month, we look to one of Resthaven’s female leaders, paving the way for other young women to progress their careers. Belinda Willshire recently took over the role of Manager Residential Services at Resthaven Leabrook, however, she is not new to the Resthaven family.

Resthaven acquires Chiton Retirement Living

on Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Resthaven CEO, Darren Birbeck, has announced that Resthaven has acquired the award-winning Chiton Retirement Living, to add to Resthaven’s suite of options for senior Australian's. 

From Sri Lanka to Australia, 100-year-old Terry Shares Her Story

on Friday, February 18, 2022

On 1 February, Mrs Therese ‘Terry’ Collette celebrated her 100th birthday with family in her home at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park. Growing up in Colombo, Sri Lanka, known then as Ceylon, Terry started life differently from the average child.

Valentines Celebrate 66th Wedding Anniversary

on Wednesday, February 9, 2022

On 7 January, 66 years ago, Resthaven Craigmore couple married at Eastwood Methodist Church, now known as Eastwood Community Centre. Mr and Mrs Ron and Joyce Jeffree met through a casual ‘set-up’ when Ron was 20 and Joyce was 16 years of age.

COVID-Style Balcony Party for 100-Year-Old Resident

on Monday, February 7, 2022

"I have truly lived a rich life", says centenarian, Mrs Nora Kelly. On 19 January, Mrs Nora Kelly celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends, who joined her in a COVID-safe ‘balcony party’, at Resthaven Leabrook.

Social Group’s Heartfelt Donation to the Community

on Friday, January 28, 2022

Resthaven Community Respite Services hosts a social group at The Shed, at Township Road, Marion. The members of The Shed group have been busy teaming up with Minton Farm Native Animal Rescue Centre (MFNARC) at the Cherry Gardens Animal Rescue Service.

Christmas is a Time for Giving

on Monday, December 20, 2021

Earlier this year, residents at Resthaven Malvern began their annual knitting project, with the goal to donate warm blankets to the homeless by Christmas.

Bridge Patchers and Quilters Return to Resthaven This Christmas

on Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Recently, Resthaven Murray Bridge was delighted to receive a generous donation of quilts from local club, Bridge Patchers and Quilters. Lifestyle Coordinator, Soraya Fitzgerald, says, "The club contacted us a couple of months ago, to see if any of the residents would like hand-made quilts to brighten up their rooms – and of course, we said yes!"

Nancy and Nadia Form Close Friendship at Resthaven Community Group

on Monday, November 22, 2021

Nancy and Nadia have found a close friendship through social groups offered to them at Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services. When visiting Nancy and Nadia at Resthaven’s newest respite house, Alexandra Cottage, it was clear that these two friends are joined at the hip.

Blankets for the Homeless Knitted with Love

on Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Residents at Resthaven Malvern have been hard at work creating warm, knitted blankets to donate to the homeless for Christmas. Lifestyle Coordinator, Felicity Tucker, says, "Earlier this year, we set up shared knitting box in our café area, and encouraged residents, staff and visitors to knit a square to contribute."

Marj Shares Her Secret to Reaching 100

on Thursday, September 30, 2021

As Mrs Marjorie 'Marj' Holman celebrates her 100th birthday on 1 October, she reflects on her life full of faith, volunteering at Resthaven and travelling, sharing her secret to reaching her centenarian milestone.

'Turn the Turf’ Marks Beginning of Resthaven Bellevue Heights Redevelopment

on Monday, September 20, 2021

On Friday 17 September 2021, a ‘turn the turf’ ceremony was held at Resthaven Bellevue Heights at 47 Eve Road, Bellevue Heights, to officially mark the beginning of the $25m site redevelopment.

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