Respite Care Checklist
This checklist will help you find the right respite care for your loved one so you can take an essential and well deserved 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
▢ Review your care summary to make sure it includes respite care options along with any other care needs recommended by the aged care assessment team
STEP 5: Locate respite care options
In your caresummary you can choose from:
▢ home and community care options for home-based respite care
▢ nursing home and assisted living care for external respite care
STEP 6: Checking out a respite facility
Things to look out for when choosing respite accommodation:
▢ do they specialise in respite care?
▢ is it a bright and friendly environment?
▢ are the staff attentive, proactive and well qualified?
▢ are the rooms clean and comfortable?
▢ will the room suit personal and health needs?
▢ do they actively engaged residents with an interesting social calendar?
▢ do they provide a regular, nutritious and appropriate food menu?
▢ do they provide regular exercise and outdoor activities?
▢ is the home properly fitted out and easy to get around?
▢ what are the out-of-pocket costs?
Helpful respite care resources