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

▢   Respite Care Guide (by carers for carers) - DCRC:CC

▢   Carers Australia

▢   Helpful carer fact sheets


Read: Considerations in Respite Care