Residential Respite - UPA of NSW Ltd

Residential Respite

Care_Options_Image8Residential respite care is when a full-time carer needs to place a family member who needs their help every day in care for a short period of time. This temporary care is called ‘residential respite care’ and will involve a short stay in an aged care home. A carer may use this type of respite care for a variety of reasons such as to attend a wedding or other important event, they have become unwell, need a holiday or are otherwise unable to provide care. The carer is safe in the knowledge that the person is well looked after and safe.  Once the carer has returned, the patient is returned to their care.

To access residential respite care, you will first need a free assessment with a member of an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT, or ACAS in Victoria). An ACAT member will talk to the person who needs care about their current situation and work out if they are eligible to receive residential respite care. The ACAT will also explain the type of care they require. Residential respite can be accessed for up to 63 days each financial year. This time can be extended in lots of 21 days if an assessment finds that this extra time is necessary.