Information About Respite Care (Short Stays)

Short Stays - Respite Care

Respite care (also know as short-term care) is a form of support for you and your carer. It gives your carer the opportunity to attend everyday activities or go on holidays as well as giving the care recipient a break from their usual care arrangements.

If you need help every day, you may need to have a short stay in an aged care home. This is called ‘residential respite care’ and can happen on a planned or emergency basis.

Your carer might use this type of respite to attend a wedding or other event, or go on holiday.Your carer may need some help if they are unwell or unable to provide care for another person. Once they are back, you will also return home.

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If you need emergency respite care, phone your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8.30am–5.00pm) or 1800 059 059 outside business hours.

You will first need a free assessment with a member of an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). An ACAT will talk to you about your current situation and work out if you are eligible to receive residential respite care. The ACAT will also explain the type of care you require.

You can access residential respite care for up to 63 days each financial year.

The cost for coming into respite care at Bilyara is currently $49.42 per day. This fee is called the basic daily care fee and is set by the Government at 85% of the single basic Age Pension. This daily care fee increases when the pension increases which occurs twice a year, on 20th March and 20th September.