Whiddon employee helps resident to have video chat with the family

What is respite care?

Respite care is a short-term care solution that we can provide for older people, either in their own home or in a residential aged care home. Respite gives carers and family members the opportunity to recharge, take a short break and attend to daily life, knowing that their family member is being looked after.

Respite can be used for a number of reasons and our respite options are flexible to suit your needs.

Most aged care providers offer a range of respite, including hourly, day or overnight respite in your own home, or longer respite in a residential care home. The type of respite and the length of care is up to you and depends on the support that you require.

Is respite care right for me?

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I’ve been unwell or in hospital and need some additional care and support while I recover and get back on my feet

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My carer is going away on holiday, is unwell or busy at work and we need some additional help at home for a short time

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I’m planning for residential aged care. I’m interested in experiencing what residential care is like before I move in permanently.

Experience respite care at Whiddon

  • Whiddon’s MyLife relationship based model of care and a dedicated care team

  • A range of accommodation options, including single and shared rooms

  • Award-winning food and hotel services

  • In-room televisions with Foxtel (at select locations)

  • Vibrant and award-winning wellbeing and social programs

  • Regular social outings and bus trips

  • Exercise programs

  • Access to a range of onsite facilities, like hairdressers, libraries, cafes and visiting specialists

  • Access to a range of health specialist services, like physiotherapy, podiatry, dentistry

Ask us about Respite Care

Step-by-step guide to Respite

Step 1
Get assessed for respite

by your local Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)

Step 2
Explore homes near you

discover the care home that suits your needs

Step 3
Take a tour

come in and get to know us

Step 4
Understand the costs

our team will explain these to you

Step 5
Sign your Respite Agreement

and complete any other required paperwork

Step 6
Move in

experience respite with us

Respite Care FAQs

  • What is respite care used for?
  • Do I have to go to a residential care home for respite ?
  • Where do I start?
  • Do all aged care homes offer respite care?
  • What does respite care cost?
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