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What is residential respite care?

Respite care provides the option to access short-term care in a residential aged care home. Respite residents receive 24/7 care, the opportunity to participate in meaningful daily activities, build connections with permanent residents and enjoy freshly cooked, nutritious meals. Often people begin by initially accessing respite care for a week or two, however a number of our homes also offer day respite care.

Respite care can be planned in advance, if your carer is planning a trip or has an appointment to attend. It is also available in emergencies.

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Why choose residential respite care?

People may require short-term respite care for a number of reasons; it may be an option for someone transitioning from a hospital stay before moving home or into an aged care home permanently.

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 off for appointments, a holiday, or just a short break to look after yourself.

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.

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What are the fees for residential respite care?

Respite residents are charged a basic daily care fee for each day for the length of the stay. The basic daily care fee is determined by the Australian Government and is set as 85% of a single aged pension and is updated twice a year. There can also be fees for additional services, which we offer in our homes.

For more information on residential aged care fees and costs, visit our understanding the costs page.

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How do I apply for residential respite care?

To access government supported respite care, you and your carer will need to undergo an ACAT Assessment (or ACAS in Victoria), which is a process to determine the level of care you require.

If you’re eligible for respite care, you can access up to 63 days of subsidised respite care in a financial year, which includes both planned and emergency residential respite care.

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How are we managing COVID-19?

Our intense focus is the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and employees and we have made a number of important changes to the way we provide care for our residents in response to COVID-19. We continue to make changes as the situation evolves.

Infection prevention and control is central to mitigating the risk of COVID-19 and at Estia Health this is guided by the latest expert advice. We are continuously monitoring each of our homes, the communities around them, the relevant government guidance, and take additional measures to protect our residents and employees as the need arises.

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What should I look for when choosing respite care?



Is the home in an area you know well or in a place that’s easy for your loved ones, family and friends to visit? 

To look at an Estia Health home near you visit our locations.



Have you been on a tour of the home to meet the team and to see the home’s environment and activities on offer? Have you seen a sample menu of the daily meals? Do you feel comfortable while in the home and can you imagine yourself staying there? Have you gone with a loved one, family member or friend to get their thoughts? Get in touch to arrange a tour.



Have you met the residents living there and spoken to them and can you imagine yourself socialising and spending time with them?



Have you discussed your care needs with the team and do you feel confident they can provide the care and support you need?

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When Ian came to stay

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Joyce's respite stay

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Kevin’s goal

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Useful links

To start the process to complete an ACAT assessment, you can contact the Government’s dedicated aged care service My Aged Care.
Call 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care Website. Alternatively, you can visit your GP who will be able to support you through the process.

There may be circumstances where you need access respite care urgently. In this situation, you can contact Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737 or visit the Carer Gateway website.

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