Respite allows people to take a break from their caring roles for social interaction, health care, shopping, study, paying bills, leisure, relaxation, etc.
Respite also provides enjoyable activities for the person being cared for.
Types of respite
Respite can take many different forms according to the needs of individuals and services available. It can be provided in your home or in the local community.
Respite is available seven days per week as per the individual care plan.
- Independence / life skills
- Recreation / outings
- Structured programs
Community Care Workers can monitor, supervise, or assist with medication as part of respite/personal care duties in accordance with Barwon Region Personal Care Protocols.
Respite is not available for care of children from other households.
Mobility and transfer assistance
An Occupational Therapist may be needed to assess the level of assistance for hoist lifts and transfers.
Service costs will be discussed at the time of your assessment. If you are late returning home you may be charged the actual cost of service per hour or part thereof.
24 hours notice must be provided for cancellation of a respite booking.
Weekend services must be cancelled by 3:00pm Friday.
Community Care Workers need access to a toilet and refreshment facilities.
Where an activity is requested which would incur expenses to a Community Care Worker, the cost of such expenses will need to be paid by you.
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