Respite Care provides an opportunity for carers of frail, older people, and people with a disability to take a break from their caring responsibilities. It also provides the person being cared for with a break or an outing with a qualified staff member.

Respite

The primary role of support workers providing respite is the care and wellbeing of the client, and the service is tailored to individual requirements. If the person being cared for does not require close supervision, support workers may be able to help with light housekeeping tasks that would normally be undertaken by the carer.

Respite can be provided regularly or occasionally according to your needs.

Before leaving home the carer should ensure the support worker:

  • Has access to emergency and contact phone numbers
  • Has access to the care plan
  • Is not left to care for children other than those detailed in the care plan
  • Has confirmed the length of booking
  • Has access to appropriate equipment e.g. child car seat, lifting hoist

Other respite options

GLCH acknowledges and promotes the principles of the Carers Recognition Act 2012. For further information on the Act please go to www.dhs.vic.gov.au/carersact

For more information, please contact:

Aged and Community Health Service Access on 5155 8367

When you contact us about our allied health or aged services, or are referred to us, the first person you talk to is usually part of our ACH Service Access team. They will:

  • take or confirm your contact details
  • talk to you about your needs
  • give you information about our services and your rights and responsibilities as a client of GLCH
  • discuss eligibility and fees for the service, and
  • organise an appointment for you or arrange for a service to contact you

For more information contact: 5155 8367