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Respite Care

At Opal Healthcare we understand that everyone caring for someone needs a break at times and that's where respite care can help.

Being carers ourselves, we understand what you and your family are going through. We know the dedication and commitment involved with full-time care. We also understand that every now and then, it’s necessary to take time out.

Our dedicated and experienced team is always focused on the care and needs of our residents. Our respite program ensures you have the opportunity to have a break, confident in the knowledge that your loved one will receive the support they deserve in an engaging and loving environment.

Read Betty's story from Bairnsdale Parklands and her respite recovery journey. 

Day respite

Day Respite

In many of our homes we welcome day visitors for Respite Care to give you a chance to spend the day enjoying our care & services and to give home carers an opportunity for a break.

Jean Respite

Short or Long-term Respite

All carers need the opportunity for time off and a break from looking after loved ones. We offer short-term respite in many of our homes.

Longer-term respite can be a good way to manage the recovery from illness and gives residents the opportunity to access reablement services.

Jean's Respite Experience

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Commonly asked questions about Aged Care

  • Once you have received your ACAT assessment, you can begin applying to as many care homes as you wish, but once you accept a place, it’s important that you let the other homes know that you no longer require their services.

  • Visiting a range of homes is often one of the best ways to decide which home suits your needs. To help you assess the suitability of the homes you visit, we have attached a short checklist at the end of this section. This will help you assess each home and ask some important questions to the providers you meet with.

  • The Department of Human Services (DHS) is the body that determines your financial situation. To do this, DHS conducts a Combined Income and Assets Assessment, which is a form that you need to complete and submit to the government.

  • Respite care is short-term care, including day respite, to provide your caregivers a break from caring when they need it. It can be planned or on an emergency basis and can be used for up to 63 days in a financial year. Many care homes offer day respite, which offers caregivers some flexibility to attend to personal needs and obligations as they arise.

  • The Combined Income and Assets Assessment form (SA457) is an extensive questionnaire with over 140 questions about what you and your partner/spouse own and earn. It’s important to understand that you are considered to own half your assets with your partner/spouse regardless of who holds the title to the assets. As part of your assessment, you will be asked to provide details of all assets owned by both of you.

  • Accommodation Charge (the cost of your room) - These are set by individual homes and varies from home to home

    • Basic Daily Care Fee (meals, laundry, cleaning and other day-to-day costs) – These are set by the Australian Government and is the same across every home in Australia.
    • Means-Tested Care Fee (to supplement the cost of your overall care) - These are set by the Australian Government based on an assessment of your personal financial situation.
    • Additional Services Fee or Extra Services Fee - (higher-end services and accommodation) These are set by individual homes and varies from home to home.In some homes, Additional Services or Extra Services are optional and in other homes, residents are required to purchase these services as a condition of entry

    For further information download our 5 step guide.