Respite Care is available if you normally live at home with your carer.
Short stay arrangements can be beneficial to consumers and caregivers, giving each a restful break from everyday responsibilities. A respite stay is perfect if you are caring for a loved one and are planning a holiday, need a break or need the opportunity to introduce your loved one to a community living setting.
Arrangements can easily be made by contacting our office. A potential consumer requires an Aged Care Assessment Service (“ACAS”) assessment.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you have an upcoming holiday and need a loved one looked after? Residential Respite care could give you the break and piece-of-mind that you need.
Below, we have provided the most common frequently asked questions we are asked by families looking for respite care options for their loved ones, we hope you find it helpful.
Respite care is a useful opportunity for those needing a break from caring for a loved one or for those who want to ensure their loved one is safe whilst they go on a holiday.
Residential Respite Care, simply known as ‘Respite’, is having a short-term stay in an Aged Care Home. Sometimes carers need respite for longer periods, be it for extended holidays, surgery and recuperation or simply to rest and recover from their caregiving responsibilities as respite offers many ongoing benefits for the well-being of carers and families alike. The Alexander Aged Care can offer Residential Respite care from a few days, or for a few weeks, it can also be a valuable transition tool for someone who may need permanent care in an aged care residence in the future.
For a loved one to enjoy the benefits of having a respite stay in an Aged Care Home, they first must have ‘Residential Respite Care’ approval as part of their My Aged Care assessment. To book an Aged Care assessment, visit the My Aged Care website www.myagedcare.gov.au or call My Aged Care on 1800 200422.”
Once Respite care approvals are in place, simply locate an approved provider to enquire about their respite availability for the period you are looking for. Some providers have dedicated respite beds available all year round, others will offer respite depending on bed availability. It is also a good idea to visit some providers to ensure you feel comfortable in them looking after your loved one.
To book or enquire about a Respite stay at the Alexander Aged Care Centre please complete the enquiry form below and a representative will be in contact with you.
The Federal Government determine the fees that a person pays when entering an Aged Care Home. Included in those fees is the Daily Care Fee and this is applied to those seeking Respite care. As of 20 September 2020, the Daily Care Fee is $52.25 per day. In addition, some providers may charge an Additional Services Fee for life’s little luxuries whilst in care, this varies from one provider to another so again, it’s best to do your research. The Alexander Aged Care Centre does not charge an Additional Services Fee, you will be charged the Daily Care Fee.
Following Respite care approval as part of the My Aged Care assessment, a person has 63 days of Respite care available to them per financial year. You can make as little or as many bookings as you need, provided you don’t exceed your 63-day allocation. Typically, Respite is booked by a carer in two-week blocks. This would equate to approximately four, two-week breaks per year.”
However Respite can be booked on an at-need basis, as a once-off for a holiday or for recovery post-surgery for example. It must be noted that whatever you don’t use of your 63-day allocation, you don’t retain that for use in the following year, you lose it forever.
The Alexander Aged Care Centre is happy to support you in whatever length of Respite stay you are considering.