What is respite care?
Respite care is when someone else takes care of the person you regularly take care of, giving you a chance to have a break. It gives you time to rest, pursue your interests, and do other activities that care for your mental health and wellbeing. It can also help you attend appointments and events, work, go on holidays, or look after other responsibilities.
You can access respite from family and friends, or from a professional service provider such as Home Caring. It can be for a short time, such as a few hours each week, or for a longer period, such as over a whole weekend. Types of respite care generally include:
- Respite care at home – in home respite is when a carer comes to your loved one’s home and provides personal care and help with everyday activities (it can include overnight care)
- Centre-based day respite – this takes place at a day centre and generally offers social activities, group sessions and fun programs for the person who is being supported
- Community access respite – group or individual activities out in the community, creating a social experience that gets people out and about
- Residential Respite Care – a temporary stay in short term accommodation or a residential care facility (please note that Home Caring does not offer respite care in an aged care home or residential facility)
- Emergency Respite Care – care for when an emergency comes up in your family, such as needing to go to hospital or being unwell.
Is respite care funded by the government?
Depending on your situation, the person you care for may be eligible to receive government-funded respite services and short-term care from the Australian Government.
If the person is over 65 years old, they may be eligible to receive government-funded aged care respite services. Two ways you can access this is through a Home Care Package, or the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). If they have a Home Care Package, respite care might be available if it is identified in the recipient’s care plan. To apply for a Home Care Package, you can ask for an assessment from an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessor on the My Aged Care website.
If the person is under 65 and living with a disability, they may be able to access respite support through their NDIS plan, under the Core supports category. This type of support gives NDIS participants access to Short Term Accommodation or Respite, which is funding for a short stay away from your usual home. Respite care is generally funded for up to 14 days at a time, at a total of 28 days in the year.
As a registered Home Care Package and NDIS provider, Home Caring provides a range of friendly respite care services for seniors and people living with disability. Our team of quality care professionals provide quality respite care that is beneficial for both recipients and their carers, so you have peace of mind knowing your loved one is in safe hands. For more information, please get in touch with our friendly team.
NDIS Respite Accommodation
If you or your loved one is a NDIS participant, Home Caring offers Short Term Accommodation and Respite in a range of locations around Sydney.
NDIS Respite Care Sydney
Home Caring’s specialist care team provides respite accommodation in a safe environment away from home. Our culturally diverse teams help NDIS participants from all walks of life learn new skills, increase capacity and take part in fun activities, while enjoying some time away from home.
NDIS Respite Care Melbourne
Our respite services in Melbourne are a good chance to enjoy a change of scenery while your usual carer or family member has a break. We offer disability short stays, overnight respite and holiday accommodation, with a wide range of fun activities to enjoy.
NDIS Respite Care Brisbane
Home Caring offers NDIS short term accommodation Brisbane to give usual carers a break, while people with disability can enjoy some time in the community. With plenty of activities, day trips, fitness activities, programs (for example, art classes) and new experiences on offer, it’s an enriching time for everyone involved.
NDIS Respite Care Gold Coast
Our NDIS accommodation on the Gold Coast includes capacity building activities, fun hobbies, an opportunity to learn new skills, enriching day programs and more – all in a safe and welcoming environment in beautiful locations.
NDIS Respite Care Sunshine Coast
We offer locals on the Sunshine Coast respite accommodation, where you can enjoy fun activities, learn skills and build confidence, while your usual carer takes a break. Our experienced team provide tailored care that encourages each person to reach their goals.
NDIS Respite Care Caboolture
Home Caring provides respite care for mental health and wellbeing. Take the opportunity to have some time away from your usual home, where you can recharge and experience fun activities and day programs while learning valuable life skills.
NDIS Respite Care Geelong
Our respite care in Geelong provides a supportive and engaging environment for participants to live in for a short while, while your primary carer takes a break. Our respite options and NDIS short term accommodation is for up to 28 days, and can be broken up to suit your schedule.
NDIS Respite Care Wollongong
Home Caring provides NDIS accommodation for people in Wollongong to temporarily stay with their informal support network takes a break. Take the opportunity to learn new skills and take part in capacity-building group activities, preparing you for independent living at home.
NDIS Respite Care Newcastle
Home Caring provides respite care in Newcastle and surrounding suburbs. Our appealing homes provide a great place to stay, while having all the support you need, such as personal supports, constant care, help with daily tasks, meal preparation, community participation and nursing services.
NDIS Respite Care NSW South Coast (Nowra)
If you’re looking for short stay disability accommodation on the NSW South Coast, our team based in Nowra can help. With years of experience behind us, we’re well-placed to support you away from home with tailored care, so your informal supports can take a break with a mind at ease.