RESPITE CARE

 

A  most popular  service to partner agencies and health providers. We have stand-by staff ready to give the primary carer a much needed break. Our staff are especially trained in co-working and being able to adapt to the primary carers attributes in terms of high quality care. A  full assessment is the first part of the handover to make sure all needs are catered for.

How does respite care work?

Respite care is designed to give carers a break for a limited period of time. Someone else provides care so the carer can go on holiday, attend to everyday activities or just relax. Sometimes a carer might need emergency respite care if, for example, they get sick or need to go to hospital. If you need emergency respite care, we are ready and available to you.

Who needs respite care?

Respite care is meant to be a positive experience, both for the carer and the person being cared for.

Carers sometimes get physically and emotionally tired. It is important that they can have a break so they can be better carers.

Respite care is also for people who are being cared for, such as children or adults with disability, mental illness, dementia, or older people who are frail. It can benefit them through meeting new people, doing new activities and having fun.

Who provides respite care?

There are different sorts of respite care. Respite care can be provided informally by family or friends, or professionally by aged care or disability services.Types of professional respite services include:

  • Care in your own home: Someone visits for a few hours or days.

  • Disability respite services: People with disability spend time in a volunteer's home or at a centre where they are supported to do leisure, recreational and group activities. After-school care, vacation care and respite camps are also available.

  • Centre-based or community access respite care: People with disability or frail older people are cared for in a specialist respite centre.

  • Overnight or weekend respite: Overnight care can be offered in different places, including in a respite house or in the home of a host family.

  • Residential respite care: Sometimes older people who need daily help can have a short stay in an aged care home (for example, while their carer goes on holiday).

  • Emergency and crisis respite: Short-term care is available for people with a family emergency such as an illness.

How does it work?

Respite care can be from a few hours to a few weeks. You can organise for regular respite care or you might want to have respite care just now and again.There are different ways to access respite care. You can ask your family and friends for help. The local health authority, designated agency  or if you are with us we will organise the respite calendar having the most suitable carer take over your care.  We would carry out another  assessment first and there would be a full debrief from the current carer so as to enable a clean take over making sure your needs are continuously met.

How much does it cost?

Our charges are relatively competitive, we offer discount deals to some of our associated care agencies. the price depends also on the level of care and hours of availability - hourly visits or live in.   

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