Take the chance to get some respite

Hands on activities: There is something for everyone to enjoy at Weeroona including the arts and crafts program where Norma Hyde is considered something of an expert. Photo: Supplied.
Hands on activities: There is something for everyone to enjoy at Weeroona including the arts and crafts program where Norma Hyde is considered something of an expert. Photo: Supplied.

There are several reasons why a resident may choose to enter an aged care home for a short-term respite stay. The three main reasons are:

  • To give a carer a well-earned break
  • To recover from an injury or illness for a short period
  • To experience the care and services of a home (like Weeroona) before becoming a permanent resident

Up to 63 days of residential respite care can be utilised each financial year with the service available to residents that have been approved by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). There is also a 21-day respite extension that is granted under special circumstances. Seniors wanting to access residential respite care will first need a free assessment with a member of ACAT and the first step to achieving approval is to call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to receive a referral code.

Many respite residents come in for a few weeks at a time and then return home. It's a fantastic service.

Kate Chew, Facility Manager

The Australian Government subsidises residential respite services in Cowra. When entering an aged care home on a respite basis, residents are asked to pay a respite fee of $51.21 per day. This fee covers nursing care, activities, meals and laundry services, while residents are still required to pay for additional items like hairdressing appointments, medication and items that the home wouldn't normally buy. Weeroona's admission team is more than happy to provide further information about what's covered by this daily fee.

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Weeroona Facility Manager, Kate Chew, said they always enjoyed having residents come for respite. "They get to see what we're all about and quickly learn that residents are really supported by Weeroona's nurses, lifestyle and hospitality teams," she said. "Many respite residents come in for a few weeks at a time and then return home. It's a fantastic service".

Weeroona has been a pillar of aged care in the Cowra region for more than 30 years and has comprehensive respite programs available for residents requiring short-term accommodation. All respite residents at Weeroona receive 24/7 professional nursing care support, meals, lifestyle programs and more.

Find out more at Weeroona's aged care information evening on September 25 at Cowra Bowls Club. Contact Kate Chew, if you are interested in attending on 02 6342 3333 or email fm@weeroonaagedcare.com.au.