This checklist will help you find the right respite care for your loved one so you can take an essential and well deserved caregiver break!
STEP 1: Decide your respite care options
▢ in your own home
▢ in care accommodation
STEP 2: Decide how often you need it
▢ short term, for a set period with an end date
▢ long term, a few hours every day
▢ long term, once a week
▢ irregularly, on a per-needs basis
STEP 3: Find a care option
▢ create a care summary on the DailyCare website
▢ tell us what you’re looking for
▢ be matched with a list of options, public and private
▢ get assessed for government-subsidised options
STEP 4: Get assessed
To receive government-funded respite care services you will need to:
▢ Start by contacting My Aged Care (Federal Government) to discuss your situation and find out if you will need to contact an Assessment Team.
▢ book a visit from an aged care assessment team if required
▢ discuss your needs with the assessment team
▢ Once you have had your assessment by The Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), they will send you a letter that contains:
▢ the assessment approval decision
▢ what level of respite care you are eligible for
▢ the reasons and evidence supporting the decision
▢ your support plan and any referrals for additional services
If you haven’t received a copy by letter, of the assessment, please ask your assessor.
STEP 5: Locate respite care options
In your caresummary you can choose from:
▢ home and community care options for home-based respite care
▢ aged care home for external respite care
Don’t forget, if your needs change at any time, you can ask for a new assessment by contacting My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.