Respite care is short-term care offered to an individual allowing their full-time carers to have a break from their daily tasks.
Respite care offers clear ongoing benefits for the long-term physical and emotional well-being of carers and families alike.
There are three main forms of respite care:
- In-home respite
- Residential respite care
- Centre-based/community respite
Arcare is able to offer in-home respite for short periods or respite care in one of our aged care residences.
In-home respite care is where a qualified professional comes to the client’s home to care for them over a short period of time – either for a number of hours throughout the day or overnight.
Residential respite care allows a client to temporarily move into an accredited aged care residence to be cared for by qualified staff for a short period of time – usually for a two week minimum.
Centre or community-based respite care is offered by a number of community organisations providing a safe place where clients are cared for over a specific period of time, allowing carers to have a break.
Why respite care?
Respite care offers an important chance for carers to have time to attend to their own needs. This may mean time for their own medical appointments, a short holiday or attending sporting and social activities.
The Australian Government’s My Aged Care website described respite care as providing help for carers ‘so that they can take part in everyday activities or go on holidays while ensuring that the person receiving care is looked after.’
Where possible, we encourage clients with their families and carers to visit one of our aged care residences before considering respite to see the environment, ask any questions and meet our team members.
Arcare offers residential respite care at a number of its residences across Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales for a minimum two week period at a time.
Respite care can be a valuable transition tool for someone who may need permanent care in an aged care residence in the future.
In-home respite care services
In-home respite care is where a support worker comes into the home and provides care for the client while permanent carers are able to enjoy a break.
In-home respite care is ideal for those who live in the community with some assistance. This usually takes the form of a loved one or agency providing ongoing in-home support for tasks such as bathing, eating, grooming, cleaning and other daily tasks.
Arcare’s in-home respite care can be for a few hours at a time, overnight or over a 24 hour period. Their care will include all daily functions as required and directed by the client and usual carer.
The respite team
Arcare aged care residences offer 24-hour nursing staff and our care staff are required to have a minimum Certificate III in Aged Care and have passed police and reference checks.
Each of our nursing staff is registered with the Australian Health Professionals Registration Agency, which ensures only trained and qualified staff are employed by Australian health providers.
Arcare strives to promote an inclusive workforce and employs staff from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.
Respite care costs
We have an online calculator to help you work out an estimate of costs for our in-home care services. You can access our respite care calculator here.
Some people may be eligible for government subsidised respite care following an assessment by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). ACAT can be contacted on 1800 200 422 to book an assessment and check you eligibility.
Arcare respite care
Arcare offers residential respite care at all of our aged care residences, but has a dedicated respite suite at our following residences
Respite Care Victoria:
- Arcare Brighton
- Arcare Caulfield
- Arcare Craigieburn
- Arcare Epping
- Arcare Hillside
- Arcare Maidstone
- Arcare Malvern East
- Arcare Parkview Malvern East
- Arcare Reservoir
Respite Care Queensland:
Respite New South Wales:
The Arcare team welcomes tours by clients, carers and family. To book a personal tour at any of our aged care residences click here.
For more information on both in-home and residential respite care in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales, please call Arcare using the number at the top of this website.