Respite Care (short-term aged care)
Supported short term accommodation, for when loved ones and carers need some extra support
About Respite Care
Looking after an elderly family member or friend can be rewarding, but also hard work. Sometimes you just need a break, whether it be time at home to yourself, or a well-earned holiday, we can help. Come and talk to us about short-term aged care (also known as Respite Care). We will take special care of your loved one in a safe, friendly environment, while you take a well-earned break.
What is Respite Care?
Respite Care is supported, short-term accommodation in a secure residence, supported by specialist nursing care. It provides an opportunity for carers of older or unwell people to take a break for a few weeks at a time. Respite is also available for when an older person is simply unwell or needs extra care that friends or relatives can't provide – while recuperating from an illness or hospital stay for example.
What do we provide during Respite Care?
Respite should be as enjoyable as possible for all involved. We provide our respite accommodation and care within happy and supportive communities that offer:
We’ll do everything we can to meet your loved one's regular home routine, and we warmly welcome visitors, including friends and grandchildren.
Accessing Respite Care: what you need to know
How much does respite care cost
The maximum daily fee for a respite resident is set by the Government at 85 percent of the single basic Age Pension. From 20 March 2017 to 19 September 2017, the single rate of the basic Age Pension is $808.30 per fortnight. 85% of the single rate of basic Age Pension is $687.05 per fortnight or $49.07 per day. Because the stay is temporary, you don't have to pay an accommodation charge or bond.
Government funding assistance for DVA Card Holders
Current holders of a Department of Veteran Affairs card can apply to the Department for up to 28 days of funding per financial year, to help cover the cost of Respite Care. In most States of Australia, the Commonwealth Care Respite Centre may, with prior approval, also help contribute to the daily cost of Respite Care. To find your nearest centre, please visit the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre website.
I am interested in finding out more, what do I do next?
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