Respite care when you need it most

Helping hands: The friendly and experienced staff at Weeroona in Cowra can assist with all your aged care questions and offer you the best advice. Photo: Supplied.
Helping hands: The friendly and experienced staff at Weeroona in Cowra can assist with all your aged care questions and offer you the best advice. Photo: Supplied.

FINDING out information about aged care or applying for aged care residence can often be a confusing and difficult time, but some aged care facilities make the task simple. Weeroona has been a pillar of aged care in Cowra 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.

Facility Manager, Kate Chew, said that Weeroona's respite programs were a fantastic service. "We always enjoy having residents come to us 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".

Weeroona also has its own transport vehicle for residents preferring assistance with transportation. This is a great service for people that do not drive or like the idea of being picked up or dropped off to their home.

There are several reasons why a resident may choose to enter an aged care home for a short-term respite stay, however the three main reasons are to give a carer a well-earned break, to recover from an injury or illness for a short period of time, or to experience the care and services of an aged care facility before becoming a permanent resident.

We always enjoy having residents come to us for respite.

Kate Chew, Weeroona Facility Manager

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

The Australian Government subsidises residential respite services making it affordable for all residents. When entering an aged care home on a respite basis, residents are asked to pay a respite fee of $51.63 per day (85 per cent of the full single aged pension).

This fee covers nursing care, activities, meals and laundry services, however residents are still required to pay for additional items like hairdressing appointments, medication and items that the home would not normally buy.

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