Often, when we think of aged care, we think of something permanent. But there is another option – respite. Respite is exactly what it sounds like, a short stay, at one of our aged care residences.
If you’re a carer for your loved one, you may be in need of a break. COVID-19 has increased the burden on many people who are carers for family or friends, with limited opportunities for activities and respite outside of the home.
Respite is an opportunity for you to take some time out for yourself, to reconnect with your own interests and social circle, while your loved one experiences the very best care and support, in a beautiful, home-like setting.
Let us take you through our top five benefits for respite, for you and your loved one.
A little extra care
Maybe your mum or dad has had a fall, or they’ve just left hospital. Respite expands the ‘caregiving team’ and offers that little extra support you and your loved one might need. We offer the same level of support given to our permanent residents, so your mum or dad will receive the very best care.
Staying socially active
Did you know that social isolation is worse for your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day? Staying socially active also plays a larger role in your overall wellbeing than exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. With respite, your mum or dad has the opportunity to socialise, meet new people and get involved in our lifestyle programs.
A change of scenery
It’s amazing what a little change of scenery can do for your mind! Sometimes a change can really be as good as a holiday. Respite allows you, and your loved one to get out of the monotony of the day-to-day routine, have new experiences, and enjoy some time-out to rest and rejuvenate.
Trial aged care
Respite gives you and your loved one a chance to ‘test the waters’ and see if we’re the right aged care option for you. It’s also a wonderful first step in discussing permanent care with your mum and dad, helping them to feel more comfortable with the decision to move to aged care. Making the move to residential aged care can be daunting, so a short stay may help to make the process easier.
A chance for carers to take a break
No matter the circumstances, being a carer has a big impact on your life and requires strength and commitment. It is both rewarding and overwhelming. Sometimes you simply need to take a small break. Taking some time out is important for your emotional and physical health and gives you an opportunity to recharge.
How much respite can you receive?
Generally, respite within residential aged care is for a minimum of two weeks, but it can be longer. It all depends on your needs. We are here to work with you, to find a plan that will suit you and your loved one.
How do I apply for respite with VMCH?
The first step is to get in contact with us on 1300 698 624, and our friendly aged care team can guide you through the process.
If you want to learn more about our aged care residences, click here.
We look forward to meeting you.