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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Resthaven Acquires Luxury Retirement Village

on Monday, July 26, 2021

Resthaven’s CEO, Darren Birbeck, is delighted to announce that Resthaven has acquired On Statenborough, an award-winning retirement village at Leabrook to add to Resthaven’s suite of options for older people.

Eighty-Six-Year-Old Tom Lives Out Life-Long Dream

on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

On Saturday 5 June 2021, Resthaven Northern Community Services client, Mr Thomas Grindlay, lived out his life-long dream, driving one of Australia’s most iconic steam trains at the National Rail Museum at 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide.

105th Birthday Celebrations

on Monday, May 31, 2021

Resthaven Paradise and Eastern Community Services client, Irene O’Shea, who celebrated her 105th birthday on 30 May, is not your average centenarian.

Harold Still Independent at 100 Years Young

on Friday, May 14, 2021

Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services client, Mr Harold Ball, 100, doesn’t let age get in the way of his independence. Living happily at home in Naracoorte, Mr Ball still drives, gardens, and cooks – albeit ‘a little slower’ than in younger years. 

No Woman Left Behind This Mother’s Day

on Friday, May 7, 2021

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and former seamstress, Mrs Ruth Keith, has prepared something special for the ladies of Resthaven Port Elliot.

World’s Greatest Shave at Ridgway House

on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

On 22 April, staff, Volunteers and clients got together at Resthaven's Ridgway House for Assistant Manager, Julian Sporne’s, highly anticipated hair colouring day for the World’s Greatest Shave.

A Life Full of Resilience and Hard Work

on Monday, April 19, 2021

With National Volunteer Week coming up from 17-23 May 2021, Mrs Patricia McAlinden of Resthaven Mitcham shares her story of resilience and hard work – including a thirty-one-year volunteer career. 

Gawler Social Group Celebrate Easter the European Way

on Friday, April 9, 2021

Last week at Resthaven Northern Community Services, clients got a head start on their Easter celebrations by sharing a popular European tradition with the group.

Flying High to Combat Social Isolation

on Monday, March 22, 2021

The Royal Commission into aged care has identified social isolation as a key risk factor for older Australians, making social groups for older people more important than ever. 

Family Connections at Resthaven Northern Community Services

on Monday, March 15, 2021

On 11 March, the Resthaven Northern Community Services social group delved into their family histories – with a social connections twist!

Social Connections Win Hearts

on Monday, February 22, 2021

The Resthaven Northern Community Services ‘Social Connections’ groups need no excuse to celebrate – so when Valentine’s Day came around, they were ready!

Pancake Day Across Resthaven

on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

On Tuesday 16 February (Shrove Tuesday) several Resthaven sites held ‘Pancake Day’ events to raise money for UnitingCare organisations.

Never Too Late for Love

on Friday, February 12, 2021

Mr and Mrs Bryan and Faye Wormald, aged 93 and 92, have shown that it’s never too late to fall in love, getting married after meeting at a Resthaven Northern Community Services social group.

A ‘Hole in One’ for the Men on the Move

on Friday, February 5, 2021

On 21 January 2021, the Resthaven Marion Community Services ‘Men on the Move’ group enjoyed a relaxing day out at the Mount Osmond Golf Club.  Therapy Assistant, Monika Lyckholm, says, "The Men on the Move group is all about creating new experiences and revisiting old ones, whilst enjoying the company of others."

85th Anniversary Celebrations at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park

on Friday, January 15, 2021

In December 2020, Resthaven Aberfoyle Park celebrated Resthaven’s 85th anniversary with a day of nostalgia.

K9 Therapy Day with Resthaven Riverland Community Services

on Monday, December 7, 2020

Resthaven Riverland Community Services welcomed two special little guests earlier this month for the first of what is hoped to be monthly K9 Therapy Days.

Resthaven Home Support Workers Make a Difference

on Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Sitting at a café in North Brighton, having a chat over coffee, it’s hard to believe that Home Support Workers, Michael and Greg, are at work – but they are! As Home Support Workers for Resthaven Community Respite Services, part of their job is to facilitate the weekly ‘Men About Town’ social group, taking a group of older gentlemen out for a range of cultural outings, followed by coffee and cake at any number of local cafés. 

‘Men on the Move’ Go Racing

on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Resthaven Marion Community Services ‘Men on the Move’ Social Group recently lived up to their name, visiting the Bend Motorsport Park for a day of hot laps!

Poppy Power! 200 Knitted Poppies and Counting

on Monday, October 12, 2020

The Resthaven Western Community Services social group is putting their formidable knitting skills into action, creating more than 200 knitted poppies to distribute to friends on Remembrance Day – and they’re still going! 

Nurse, Social Worker, Author: Beth’s Story

on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Lifelong learning is vital according to Mrs Beth Robertson of Resthaven Malvern, who gained a Diploma of Arts – her third tertiary qualification – when she was 88 years old.

Stuey and Huxley a Cheerful Therapy Team

on Monday, August 31, 2020

Huxley, the therapy dog of Resthaven Marion Community Services*, continues to delight clients. He first started visiting in May 2019. However, he’s not the only animal star at the site: meet ‘Stuart Little,’ or ‘Stuey,’ the ragdoll cat.

10kg Donation to ‘Bread Tags for Wheelchairs’

on Thursday, August 27, 2020

Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu Community Services has been collecting the small plastic tags used to seal loaves of bread for several years, preventing them from going into landfill.

Picture Perfect Postcards at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park

on Monday, August 24, 2020

Mrs Juanita McCallum, a resident of Resthaven Aberfoyle Park, is to thank for a new initiative at the home to provide postcards for residents to send to families and friends.

‘Tree of Hope’ at Resthaven Western Community Services

on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Clients of Resthaven Western Community Services at 96 Woodville Road, Woodville, have created a ‘Tree of Hope’ during their Wednesday Social Group, depicting positive images to remember in these challenging times.

A Trip to the Murraylands

on Friday, July 17, 2020

New Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Darren Birbeck, who commenced in this role on 1 June, has been visiting Resthaven sites to meet and speak with Resthaven residents, clients, staff and volunteers.

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