What is Respite Care?
If you provide care for your partner, family member or friend, we understand there are times when you or the person being cared for may need a break from your usual care arrangement. Respite care, also called “short-term care” or “residential respite care”, is provided at our residential aged care facilities to support people with day-to-day living activities for a set period of time.
Family members or friends may not consider themselves as carers. However, a carer is a person who provides regular ongoing care and assistance to a dependent person.
What services are included?
As with permanent care, respite care at our aged care facilities includes accommodation-related services such as accommodation, furnishing, cleaning services, meals, bedding, buildings and grounds maintenance, staff to help you if you need emergency assistance, and if needed help with medication, mobility aids, basic medical and pharmaceutical supplies and equipment, and basic toiletries.
How can I arrange Respite Care?
As with permanent care, both carer and cared for are required to meet with and be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) who will tell you how much respite care you are eligible to receive. To arrange an assessment by your nearest Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) or learn more about arranging respite care, you can visit the Australian Government’s My Aged Care website or contact us directly on (07) 3397 9055 or send an enquiry.
Looking for quality residential care? Learn about permanent care options at Clanwilliam Health.