Respite Care

Come and stay with us for a short period

Traditionally, respite is seen as an opportunity for carers to have a break – the break may be needed so they can rest, focus on their own health or to see to other personal matters. In some cases respite may be used in an emergency situation.

The person entering respite must first have been assessed and approved by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to receive respite care subsidised by the Australian Government. Approved persons are entitled to 63 days of subsidised respite care in a financial year; however recipients may apply to an ACAT for extensions of up to 21 days for various reasons.

Whilst the benefit of respite was initially focused on the carers; it has since been learned that respite in fact has more benefits for the person receiving the care.  At Synovum Care Centres the benefits we see are:

  • Participation in an extensive activities program, keeping their minds active
  • Socialisation during activities and meals
  • Stimulation through a change of scenery
  • New friendships – with other customers and team members
  • A sense of belonging to a group outside of their usual network

The Government Fee Schedule, set by the Australian Government, includes the following services:

  • Meals
  • Activities
  • Laundry
  • Medication management
  • Personal care support
  • Physiotherapy review and exercise plan

For an additional fee we can coordinate hairdressing, podiatry, transport to appointments and other services as required.