Respite Care

Your Home away from Home

Residential respite care is 24/7 care in a residential aged care home for a short period of time. Respite residents have care around the clock, the opportunity to participate in activities that take place in the home and enjoy freshly cooked meals. Respite residents live alongside current residents, which helps to foster connections and ensure that they feel part of our community.

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Events in life just happen, and it is in those times that short term respite can provide the help and support for carers needing a rest or elderly individuals requiring day to day care. Respite care can be planned or unplanned, and can range from a few nights to a few weeks, depending on your needs at any point in time.

Respite provides family or carers an opportunity to take a holiday or break and for people requiring care to experience residential aged care accommodation and services. It can be provided for planned periods or for emergency situations and is for a fixed period of time. Examples of where residential respite is used includes when the family member or carer are unwell or unable to provide care for any other health reasons

To access respite care, you will first need a free assessment with a member of an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). This requires a simple referral process where a health professional will visit the home to complete the assessment. Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to be referred for a free assessment. Eligible clients can access up to 63 days of respite care each financial year, this can be used flexibly throughout the year. Autumn Aged Care are experts in providing residential aged care services with 24/7 registered nursing management leading clinical excellence.

In a residential aged care setting, you can have access of up to 63 days of subsidised care in any one financial year. You also have the opportunity if needed to extend this by 21 days at a time.

Recommended respite stays will vary between aged care providers. Our policy in order to optimise your experience, is between 2-4 weeks depending on your circumstances.

We have residents who book in regularly for respite as part of their family routine giving both the carers and the individual receiving care ‘time out’. Situations where respite care is beneficial include when:

  • Carers or families have holidays booked and want to ensure their loved one is well looked after in place that is familiar, comfortable and with people they know – which includes other residents and staff in our Homes.
  • Carers become ill or unable to provide the care and support for any length of time and want to ensure their loved one is looked after in a secure, professional and welcoming environment.

We understand how distressing it can be to move away from a family home, even if it is temporary. When you come to Delta care for respite care, our aim is to create a Home away from Home for our residents to make the settling-in period as easy as it can be. You can expect the same quality of care that permanent residents receive including all meals, laundry services, social activities and all of your care needs.

To find out more about Respite Care options, you can contact a Home near you or send us your details and we will be in touch to assist any way we can