Short term care on a planned or emergency basis, to give carers and care recipients a break from their schedules.
What is respite care?
It is short-term care that may be on a planned or emergency basis and is designed to give carers or care recipients a break from their typical schedules.
How do I access respite care?
To access formal respite care, contact My Aged Care to discuss an assessment from the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) or the Regional Assessment Service (RAS).
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for respite care, usually an assessment will be needed to determine your eligibility for respite care.
In order to determine your eligibility for residential respite care (in an aged care home) you will need to be assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). You can arrange this by contacting My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. For further information go to www.myagedcare.gov.au.
The Assessment Process
1. Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to arrange an assessment
Either a local assessor from a Regional Assessment Service or the Aged Care Assessment Team will contact you to arrange an appointment.
For the assessment, you might like to have your Medicare card, any referrals from your G.P., & your G.P. contact details.
It is always a good idea to have a family member or friend to support you during your assessment, and you can give the assessor permission to talk with your support people.
Be sure to have a list of items/ issues that you would like to discuss during your assessment.
2. Receive letter of approval for respite care
If you have an ACAT assessment, and the assessment determines that you are eligible for support services including respite care, then you will receive a letter of approval from ACAT.
Sometimes there is a waiting period and it is important that if you have any concerns about the waiting time, that you discuss this with the assessor at the time of your meeting.
How Much Will It Cost
Respite care will have costs involved. These costs might be subsidised through the Commonwealth government.
You can find out the costs involved to access respite care by contacting the organisation/ provider that will be delivering the care.
Find A Service Provider
If your circumstances are not an emergency situation then you will be able to explore the service providers that best meet your needs by calling My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visiting their website at www.myagedcare.gov.au.
You can contact service providers directly if you are seeking community based respite care or non-residential respite care.