Short term stays in aged care facilities are available through residential respite services. This service is typically used by seniors, but can be used by people under the age of 65 (under 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) in some circumstances.
Residential respite stays typically last for a few days to a number of weeks. You can either book your stay:
The government sets a maximum stay of 63 days but this can be extended in special circumstances.
If you have been considering moving into an aged care facility, using residential respite care allows you to move temporarily into a facility that you are interested in, to see what it’s like to live there. You will be living with other residents, be cared for by the same staff, and can get involved in the various activities on offer.
Carers can take also take advantage of residential respite services, safe in the knowledge that the person you care for is well looked after and safe while you go on holiday or are otherwise unable to provide care. Our staff are there 24-hours a day to provide assistance with eating, dressing, nursing, activities, and anything else that is needed.
Ozcare’s residential respite services are available to people who have been approved for residential care by the Australian Government’s Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). ACAT will discuss your needs, provide you with information about your care options, and advise you of your eligibility for subsidised services. We offer residential respite at each of our ten aged care facilities in Queensland.
Respite residents pay a basic daily fee of 85% of the single basic Age Pension which is payable a week in advance. If you have booked respite at short notice we will work out a payment arrangement with you.
If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for subsidised services. Contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to find out more.
Ozcare’s residential respite care includes:
You are welcome to bring your own toiletries if you prefer. We will also provide you with a checklist of things to bring for your stay which includes clothes, medications, and personal items.
You may be asked to pay additional fees if you require:
Staff and specialists will advise you of the payment options, including whether you qualify for subsidies or free treatment.
Once you have received your ACAT approval call us on 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273) to speak to your nearest facility. We will discuss your needs and confirm the vacancies we have available.
You will need to complete the Ozcare residential respite application pack, which is available from the facility.
Read more about the application process.
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