Palliative Care Respite Services

Respite – Gippsland

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[1].  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.

When should a request for Living at Home Assessment be done?

  • You are having difficulty coping independently with everyday activities such as housework, cooking, showering and dressing
  • You are concerned about your diet or have poor nutrition
  • You are not participating in any social activities, this may be due to your inability to drive or use public transport
  • The person caring for you is experiencing stress or would benefit from some support


Types of support provided by Home and Community Care services:

  • Personal Care
  • Domestic Assistance
  • Home maintenance
  • Delivered Meals

Gippsland HACC Providers

Gippsland HACC providers 
Bass Coast Shire Council1300 226 278
Baw Baw Shire Council5624 2411
Gippsland Lakes Community Health51558300
Malacoota district Health & Support Service Inc51580243
Omeo District Health51590100
Orbost Regional Health51546623
Latrobe City Council1300367700
South Gippsland Shire Council5662 9200
Central Gippsland Health service5143 8155
Yarram and District Health service51820222

National Carer Respite Program

for short term, episodic care.

Click HERE for more information

Residential Aged Care facilities (RACF)

with an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) assessment for respite services in care facility

Palliative Care Services (and volunteers)


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.

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