Residential respite provides short-term care in accredited aged care facilities for people over 65 years of age, and over 50 years age for people who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.
Residential Respite can be booked by the Inner West Commonwealth Carer Respite & Carelink Centre (CRCC) in aged care facilities and other facilities for adults and children living with disabilities.
An assessment by the Government’s local Aged Care and Assessment Team (ACAT) is required to access residential respite. Once approved, individuals can access up to 63 days per financial year in a facility. A basic daily accommodation fee is charged by the aged care facilities. In cases of financial difficulties, it is possible for this cost to be met partially or wholly by the Inner West CRCC for a short period of respite after the intake and assessment process is completed.
A typical respite stay might be two to three weeks. This can be an effective way for carers to have a break from their caring role.
In the case of aged care respite, it can also serve as a transition to enable a person, whose needs have increased, to become accustomed to an appropriate facility.