Palliative Care Respite Services

The purpose of respite is to enable the person receiving care (care recipient) to continue to live at home in the community with a healthy, stress-free carer and to enable the living partnership to continue for as long as is appropriate. In defining respite, the needs of the carer and the care recipient need to be considered. Respite from the carer’s perspective may mean taking a break from the caring role. Respite from the care recipient’s perspective might be about meaningful, enjoyable activity that provides social engagement, companionship and stimulation.

The provision of respite in the palliative care environment in Gippsland is provided through the following agencies

Home and Community Care – (HACC)

The Home and Community Care program (HACC) offers a range of support services that can assist a person to live independently at home and remain socially connected to your community. HACC services provide: personal care; domestic assistance; home maintenance; and meal delivery.

Gippsland HACC Providers

  • Bass Coast Shire Council 1300 226 278
  • Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
  • Gippsland Lakes Community Health 51558300
  • Malacoota district Health & Support Service Inc 51580243
  • Omeo District Health 51590100
  • Orbost Regional Health 51546623
  • Latrobe City Council 1300367700
  • South Gippsland Shire Council 5662 9200
  • Central Gippsland Health service 5143 8155
  • Yarram and District Health service 51820222

Residential Aged Care facilities (RACF)

Respite within a RACF is available for people who have an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) assessment. Planned respite (short term stay) is frequently part of the care plan for a person living in their own home. Please consult with your GP to arrange an ACAS assessment or for more information about short stays in a RACF, visit the myagedcare website by clicking here. If emergency respite care is needed, phone your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8.30am–5.00pm) or 1800 059 059 outside business hours.

SELF Program

SELF Program is a new statewide service offering respite to patients with high-grade glioma and their families at Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew. The SELF Program offers some time-out through a fully supported break.Downloadable Documents:

Getting to most out of respite care (a guide for carers of people with Dementia)

Getting to most out of respite care (a guide for carers of people with Dementia) is a guide developed by Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, detailing stories about carers and their experiences of respite care, as well as advice and tips to help you make the most of your respite experience.

Click here to view Getting to most out of respite care.

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