What is the Difference Between Respite in Residential Aged Care and Respite at Home?

on the Tuesday, March 16, 2021

As you get older, you may find that you need assistance in looking after yourself and may need to access respite care. Respite care (also known as temporary or short-term care) can be used if your regular carer needs a break, is going away or just needs time to recuperate. Respite care can also be used after a stay in hospital while you recover.

  • You may be eligible for up to 63 days of respite care in a year
  • Costs can vary from provider to provider

Respite care can be accessed in two ways: delivered to you in your own home or in a residential aged care home. Respite care can be used for care during the day, overnight care or for just a few hours at a time. Some providers even offer 24-hour respite care.

You will be assessed to determine how much care and support you’ll have access to during your respite care, and whether you are best suited to care at home or in residential aged care.

Why do I need Respite Care?

Respite care is ideal for those who are cared for a loved one at home. Respite care can give your carer a break, making sure you are still well looked after with the right care and support.

Can the government pay for my Respite Care?

In-home respite care can be provided through the government-funded Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) or a Home Care Package (HCP).

If you’d prefer, you can pay for private respite care services.

In-home Respite Care

  • Continue to receive care and support in your own home
  • Comfortable in your own environment
  • Day, overnight or 24-hour care

Residential Respite Care

  • Stay in an aged care home/nursing home
  • Treated as a normal resident would be
  • Access to all services, facilities, amenities and activities
  • Experience life in aged care
  • ACAT/ACAS assessment needed

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