What is respite care?

Respite care is a short-term care solution for older people, either in their own home or in a residential aged care home. Respite care 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 care 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 care, including hourly, day or overnight respite in your own home, or longer respite care in a residential care home. The type of respite care and the length of care is up to you and depends on the support that you require.

Is respite care right for me?

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

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

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 Care

Get assessed for respite care

by your local Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)

Explore homes near you

discover the care home that suits your needs

Take a tour

come in and get to know us

Understand the costs

our team will explain these to you

Sign your Respite Agreement

and complete any other required paperwork

Move in

experience respite care with us

Respite Care FAQs

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