Respite at Riverview Rest Home Loxton

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:

  • Modern facilities and technology
  • Nutritious meals (with plenty of variety)
  • Organised activities, appropriate exercise and entertainment
  • Qualified nursing staff on-site 24-hours-a-day

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

  • In order to access respite care, an assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) is required. This helps to determine the most appropriate level of care for your loved one. A doctor, caregiver or family members can make a referral to an ACAT.
  • Respite Care is a short-term care option. The holder of an ACAT assessment is entitled to between seven and 63 days of Respite Care per financial year at any Commonwealth-funded residential aged care facility. Extensions may be granted.
  • We are here to help you with the application process. Once you have decided to proceed with Respite Care with us, we will discuss all of your needs and requirements, including agreed dates, and put together a Respite Agreement. We can also help you with application forms and any questions you may have.

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 September 2023 to 20 March 2024, the single rate of the basic Age Pension is $1020.60 per fortnight. 85% of the single rate of basic Age Pension is $867.44 per fortnight or $61.96 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?

Contact us NOW to find out more about respite care.

Ph: 08 8584 7370 | enquiries(at)riverviewresthome.com.au