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  • Respite care is a short-term stay in a residential aged care home to provide caregivers with a break from caring when they need it. Respite can range anywhere from a single day to a number of weeks in care.

  • Respite is intended to provide short-term care to older Australians when their carer is away or unavailable, or for those who need a little extra care after a hospital stay. However, sometimes people take up respite in our Care Communities because they are not quite ready to commit to long-term care and want to an opportunity to experience life in residential aged care before making a more permanent move.

  • Day respite is the option to enter residential aged care for a day (without an overnight stay). We offer day respite on a planned or ad-hoc basis in all our Care Communities and it can be enjoyed multiple times a week, month or as needed. Day respite residents enjoy the full range of food, care and activity options as permanent residents.

  • In order to receive government-subsidised respite care, you need to have a face-to-face assessment with a qualified assessor to determine your care needs. This can be organised via the My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service. You can also apply for an assessment online or by calling 1800 200 422.

  • If you are eligible for respite care, you can access up to 63 days of subsidised respite care in a financial year in an Opal HealthCare Care Community where respite is available. You will only need to pay the Basic Daily Care Fee, which is set at 85% of the single age pension.

  • If you don’t qualify for subsidised care, you may have to pay for respite care yourself. This is called ‘self-funded’ respite and fees will vary between Care Communities.

  • Yes, you can enjoy respite care in any home that has availability and can meet your care needs. Opal HealthCare has 80 Care Communities across Australia that serve diverse communities.

Types of care in our Care Communities

Permanent Residential

Permanent Residential

When you move into one of our Care Communities we strive to help you feel at home every day. Each one of our homes is fully accredited by the Australian Aged Care Quality Commission and has a registered nurse on every shift, every day and night.

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Dementia care

Dementia Care

Every individual living with dementia will have different needs and preferences. Our carers endeavour to build connected relationships with each resident so that we can deliver the right care for your clinical, social and spiritual needs.

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Wellness and Reablement

Wellness and Reablement

We care deeply about bringing positivity and possibility into our elders’ lives. Our Wellness Centres promote rehabilitation and reablement, offering evidence-based treatment programs and individualised services to improve independence, quality of life and emotional and physical well-being.

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