Lifestyle and Respite Services

Respite gives carers a vital break from their role

Respite is a short-term substitute for the usual care a person receives and can be provided in a planned or unplanned way. Flexible respite can be provided within the home, in the community, in an aged care residence, or through day programs.

Respite gives carers the opportunity to rediscover or maintain current interests/hobbies and gives the person being cared for an opportunity to experience alternate carers and pursue their interests.

We welcome people from all cultural backgrounds and have programs specifically for the non-English speaking groups.

Please contact our services directly:

Day programs

White Road Activity and Respite Service**

13 White Road
Wantirna South, 3152
T: 9800 7210
E: Lynne.Cahir@vmch.com.au

Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ White Road Activity and Respite Service offers a quality program of activities to meet the needs of adults over the age of 65 living in the eastern metropolitan region with an acquired physical disability, a visual or physical impairment, who have dementia, or who are frail aged.

White Road offers a range of quality programs and activities that include community connection through VMCH’s award-winning ‘Out and About’ program, and social interaction that promotes independence and encourages participation.

Events may include attendance at concerts, sporting events, exhibitions and festivals, visits to restaurants and cafes, parks and playgrounds, community and leisure centres, libraries and tourist attractions.

Activities at White Road are person-centred and planned in consultation with the people who attend and their carers. Operating Monday to Friday, the community house is in a pleasant garden setting in Wantirna.


153-177 Webster Way
Pakenham, 3810
T: (03) 5945 3838
F: (03) 5945 3899

Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ Flexible Respite Services offer a variety of daytime recreation programs and services to support the respite needs of both working and non-working carers. Carers may live or care for someone living in Melbourne’s southern metropolitan region who is frail, aged over 65 years, is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander aged over 50 years, or is living with dementia.

Services include in-home respite, day respite, individual and small social group outings, and information for carers including assisted referrals to additional supports.

The Shanagolden respite program, run from VMCH’s Shanagolden Retirement Village in Pakenham, focusses on providing interesting, fun and stimulating activities for seniors, most of whom have dementia or a cognitive impairment.  Activities include indoor bowls, bingo, tai chi and monthly bus outings to local attractions.

VMCH Multicultural Wellness Centre**

Villa Maria Catholic Homes
Third Floor, Building C
355 Stud Rd
Wantirna South, 3152
E: rani.wong@vmch.com.au
T: (03) 9800 7255 (9am to 3.30pm)

VMCH Multicultural Wellness Centre is the first culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)-specific, integrated, aged-focused wellness centre in Victoria.  Our services include planned activity group/social groups, services and education sessions from an Allied Health Team, podiatry and physiotherapy services, a cooking class, tai chi/exercise class, computer and iPad class, community outings and cultural events, information sessions and social activities for carers.

This service is available to seniors aged 65 years and over from CALD backgrounds, living in the eastern metropolitan region.  Referrals Access to service is subject to an assessment and self-referrals are welcome.  A daily attendance fee is applicable which includes meals and activities. Fee reduction is available for anyone who is experiencing financial difficulty.

 Overnight programs

Carinya Respite Service*

8 Palmerston Road
Lysterfield, 3156
E: carinya@vmch.com.au
T: (03) 9752 7700

Carinya is a dementia-specific, planned recreational and overnight respite service. It aims to maintain independence and quality of life for carers and people with memory loss.

Carinya caters for the special needs of people living with dementia in a home-like environment with programs available seven days and nights per week. Carinya’s flexible and responsive activities and programs are designed to meet individual needs.  Assistance is provided to people from Melbourne’s eastern metropolitan region.

Kialla House Community Respite House*

84 Waranga Drive
Kialla Lakes, 3631
T: (03) 5823 5106

Kialla House is a community respite service available to carers of frail older people who need a break. It provides weekend accommodation for three guests and flexible stay options from one night to three nights.

Kialla House is a modern, well-equipped and comfortable home. Each guest has their own bedroom with television. The three bedrooms are themed and you can choose to stay in the beach room, the music room or the tranquil garden room.

Kialla House also offers:

  • Shaded outdoor areas and landscaped gardens
  • Recreational activities focused on guests interests
  • Outings in the community
  • Home-cooked meals
  • Comfortable sitting and dining rooms

At Kialla House, the needs of guests and their carers are paramount. The skilled and appropriately trained staff provide 24-hour care and ensure guests enjoy their stay and feel fully supported in a safe and secure environment. This gives carers great peace of mind.

There is a small cost associated with this service.

*Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.  Visit the Department of Social Services website www.dss.gov.au for more information. 

 ** This service is supported by the Victorian Government.

For more information click here to download the Lifestyle and Respite Services Brochure.