A respite care Caboolture service gives carers a break from their caring role by allowing the person they care for to be temporarily taken care of by someone else. This is often offered by a friend, family member or professional and can take place at home, in the community or at a centre.
Taking regular breaks from caring is important for carers, as it helps them to manage stress and look after their own health and wellbeing. A respite can be as simple as having a day away to relax, pursue interests or catch up with friends. It can also provide the opportunity to travel, attend appointments or go on holiday. It can even help to respite Caboolture relieve boredom and reduce feelings of loneliness in the person being cared for.
Respite services are funded by government programs such as My Aged Care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. They can be offered through agencies like Home Caring, which has teams located across Australia. They are trained to deliver individualised home care that meets a person’s specific needs.
The cost of respite care depends on the type of service and how long it is provided for. Family and friends providing care may not charge anything, while professional services usually charge by the hour or by the number of days or weeks that the service is provided for. It is important to discuss the cost of respite with the person being cared for and their support network.
A short-term carer can receive respite support at home or in the community through the Commonwealth Home Support Program, which provides funding for a range of services including residential and community respite. In addition, the NDIS provides funding for respite support through their care packages and direct payments.
In the community, respite services can be arranged through a variety of organisations, such as local churches and social groups. They can include everything from short-term day respite to overnight or weekend cottage respite. A person can also access residential respite, which takes place in aged care accommodation and is suitable for people who need regular carer support for most daily tasks. Residential respite can be available for a few days through to a few weeks at a time, and requires an assessment.
For example, a person with dementia might visit Bolton Clarke Fernhill’s day respite centre three times a week to enjoy activities like brainteasers, art and laughter yoga. They can also enjoy short-term centre-based respite in the enabling environment of a specialist facility with on-site lifestyle, nursing and allied health teams.
Emergency respite can be provided for a few hours, overnight or longer and can be delivered in your home, the community or at a residential care facility. The service can be booked in advance or is sometimes available through a crisis line. You can find out more about emergency respite by calling Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737. It is important to plan ahead for respite, but if you need short-term emergency respite or help in an emergency situation, contact your local Carer Gateway service.