Short-term respite care when you need it

Take a break

Take a break, with the peace of mind your loved one is well looked after at an Estia Health home.

While having a short stay at one of our homes, you’ll have peace of mind your loved one will be cared for by an experienced and compassionate team in a safe and supportive environment. Our experienced clinicians, carers and hospitality teams look after all aspects of a resident’s care, including clinical, social and overall wellbeing, while staying in our homes.

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Maria’s peace of mind

Maria who was a carer for her sister Francis was finding it more and more difficult to safely care for Francis in home her after Francis had a number of falls. Maria shares her story in making the difficult decision for Francis to move into one of our homes, but also shares with us the benefits it has brought to them both, with Francis gaining friends, taking part in daily activities in a safe and supportive environment.

What does a carer do?

Caring may include help and support with any of the daily activities of living of the person being cared for. It may include physical and personal care such as dressing, lifting, showering, toileting, feeding or providing transport and the management of medications, attending appointments, banking and dealing with any emergencies.

Am I a carer?

Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who are frail aged. Carers are an integral part of Australia’s health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems.

Why might I need support?

COVID-19 has significantly impacted all of us, but for the most vulnerable members of our society, including people living with a disability, illness and who are frail and aged requiring support from their family friends who are unpaid carers, the pandemic has resulted in further isolation and delays in accessing some care and support services.

What is short-term respite care?

Respite care offers a short-term option for people requiring care and for their carers that may need a break. It can be accessed in your home, in the community, or in a residential aged care home. All of our Estia Health aged care homes offer residential respite care, giving you the option to join us for a short stay.

For carers, looking after someone requires an incredible amount of commitment and dedication and there will be a time where you need to take time away for appointments, a holiday, or just a short break to look after yourself. Respite care provides the opportunity to do that, knowing your loved one is being cared for in a safe and supportive environment.

People come for a short stay with us for a number of reasons; it may be an option for someone transitioning from a hospital stay following an accident or illness, requiring additional care and support before moving home. For many, respite care can also be an opportunity to try residential aged care before making the permanent move into a residential aged care home.

63 days of subsidised residential respite a year

Respite care enables both individuals and their carer(s) to have the support required to ensure wellbeing and relaxation. To make respite care more affordable, the Australian Government subsidises short-term care directly.

Eligible people can access up to 63 days of subsidised respite care each financial year. This includes both planned and emergency residential respite care. If more than 63 days are required due to your care needs, carer stress or the absence of your carer, it is possible to extend this by 21 days at a time, with further approval from an aged care assessor.

How can we help?

We understand the ongoing challenges people are facing and want to support carers and their loved ones with short-term respite care.

We offer:

  • Round-the-clock care: short-stay respite residents are cared for by an experienced team including nurses rostered on duty 24/7
  • Engaging activities and nutritious food: freshly cooked, nutritious meals prepared daily by our chefs
  • Protection for everyone: 95% of our employees are now fully vaccinated with with our homes following strict infection prevention and control processes, which are monitored by our trained infection prevention control champions