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What is Respite Care?
As family carers, we often put the needs and interests of our loved ones ahead of our own, taking care of their needs 24/7. Over time, the physical, emotional and mental exhaustion can lead to caregiver burnout. Besides taking a toll on our health, caregiver burnout also affects the quality of care we provide for our loved ones, which is why taking regular breaks is important.
With respite care, you can get short-term care support for your loved ones. This allows you to take a break from caregiving to attend to your own needs, from just a single day to a few weeks at a time.
Services Provided Under Respite Care
Assist with the activities of daily living (ADLs) – eating, bathing, getting dressed, toileting, transferring, and continence.
No more missed doses. Our carers help to remind your loved ones to take their pills at the allotted time.
Keep the mind and body active and alert with physical exercises and stimulating brain activities.
Monitor and administer nursing procedures from tube feed and suctioning to injections and wound care.
Care provided through the night to assist with toileting or nursing needs, prevent wandering and reduce fall-risk.
Befriend and engage through conversations, interactive activities and outdoor trips.
Who is Respite Care For?
All carers can benefit from respite services. If our loved one was recently discharged from a hospital post-surgery, additional care support and expertise can help. It can be difficult to cope with our loved one’s care needs single-handedly. Other times, we may be caught up in a work or family emergency that requires us to be somewhere else at a short notice. Sometimes, we simply need a break from caregiving and that’s fine too!
Common Reasons For Engaging Respite Care
- Caregivers need a break from caregiving
- Caregivers have important commitments to attend to
- Caregiver is scheduled for medical treatments
- Families need support with post-hospitalisation care
Types Of Respite Care
Everyone has different reasons for engaging respite care and depending on your unique circumstance, respite care can be personalised to your care needs. Broadly, we can classify respite care into 2 different types:
Emergency respite care is suitable for family caregivers who need to engage respite care at short notice, such as when the caregiver falls ill or when a family or work emergency crops up.
At Homage, you can share your care needs with our Care Advisors and we’ll match you to the most suitable caregiver within 48 hours.
Planned respite care is for carers who can foresee and anticipate when they need to engage respite care, such as when the helper is going on home leave or when care is needed post-hospitalisation.
Whether you need short-term respite care or long-term visits, we can help. Book care slots from 1-hour onwards.
Cost of Respite Care in Australia
We offer flexible pay-as-you-go pricing to ensure you or your loved one receives the care needed. We accept both private and government funding options with no lock-in contract. View Pricing.
Government and Private Funding Options Available
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
We can support you as you strive to achieve your goals in independent living. We respect every person’s diversity, culture and identity.
You may use your NDIS funding to engage our disability support services if:
You self-manage your NDIS funds
You may directly book services with us. Homage will issue you the service invoice for you to submit claims.
A plan manager manages your NDIS funds
You may connect Homage with your plan manager to facilitate service bookings using your NDIS funds.
Home Care Package (HCP)
Your unique needs and choices, big or small, are what we focus on. We respect every person’s diversity, culture and identity.
You may use your Home Care Packages to fund your Homage services if you self-manage your HCP. You may connect Homage with your registered self-managed provider to facilitate service bookings using your HCP funds.
We also support both private clients and those on the government waitlist but require care urgently. Please speak to our Care Advisor today at 1300 705 029 if you require care support.
Why Families Prefer Homage
Book flexible care solutions from 1 hour with no ongoing commitment required.
No Management Fee
Pay only for the care services you receive.
Know the exact cost of service before booking.
Dedicated Care Professionals
Receive quality care from a carefully selected pool of experienced Care Professionals.
Urgent Care Support
Find support for your urgent care needs.
Personalised Care Plans
Let Homage Care Advisors create a care plan specific to your needs and choices.
Long Term Care Packages
Allow your funding to last longer with our long term packages that offer the same quality care at at lower cost.
Receive a care report after every visit so you understand the care your loved ones have received for peace of mind.
How does Homage work?
Speak to a Care Advisor
Call us at 1300 705 029 or request a callback from our friendly Care Advisory team. Learn more about our range of services and find out how Homage Care Professionals can help.
Make a Care Plan together
We will work with you to develop a personalised Care Plan based on your loved one’s health status, care requirements, and additional preferences.
Your personalised care begins
Together we will match you and your loved ones with an exceptional Care Professional. Stay up to date after every appointment with detailed reports on the Homage app.
Top Questions About Respite Care
What are the benefits of respite care?
Respite care can be a win-win for both you and your loved ones.
Just like the loved ones you care for, you deserve and need care and support to ensure your well-being. Engaging respite care allows you to have peace of mind as you take a break to recharge and maintain your own physical and mental health, while your loved one receives safe, professional care.
When you return to caregiving, you will feel more refreshed and ready to deliver top-quality care again, which benefits both you and your loved ones.
How long can you have respite care?
Respite care is meant to provide short-term caregiving relief for carers. Whether you are planning a one-off weeks-long trip or wish to take periodic breaks over the long-term, you can engage respite care.
In fact, you can even engage respite care for just an hour or two, while you run errands or take a short break.
How do I find a suitable respite care option?
In Australia, family carers can get respite care for their loved ones at senior care centres, nursing homes, or within the comfort of their home.
There are several factors that you should consider when deciding on the arrangement that’s best for you and your loved ones. These include:
- Duration of care
- Level of care required
- Cost of respite care
- Service provider’s availability
- Urgency (wait times for centres may be longer)
- You and your loved one’s preferences
Most importantly, you and your loved ones should be comfortable with the arrangement and quality of care received. This is why it’s always good to discuss with your loved one before deciding on a particular arrangement. For example, some seniors enjoy socialising with their peers, which mean they may be more suitable for group settings. For others who prefer having their own space and the privacy of their own home, home care may be a more suitable option.
What is the shortest duration for a respite care visit?
The duration of a Homage respite care visit starts from just one hour, depending on your loved one’s needs.
Does Homage provide 24-hour respite care service?
Yes, we do provide 24-hour respite care services at home. Two Homage Care Professionals will be scheduled for the visits, and care will be split into 12-hour shifts to support you and your loved ones round-the-clock each day.
What are Homage respite care packages?
We have interim to longer-term respite care packages with varying care durations so that you and your loved one can find a care package which best fit your needs and preferences. Respite care packages can also help save up to 25% for multiple care sessions. Reach out to our Care Advisors at (03) 6146 0719 for more details.
How fast will I receive the respite care service?
Once you have confirmed the engagement of Homage’s respite care service, we can match you or your loved one with a suitable Homage Care Professional or Nurse within 24-48 hours.
Who will be providing the respite care?
Homage Care Professionals will be caring for your loved one while you are away. They are locals and permanent residents who are passionate and dedicated to delivering quality elderly care to families and care recipients. All our Home Care Professionals are trained carers and licensed nurses from all walks of life.
Can I use my Home Care Package (HCP) funding for Homage respite care services?
You may use your Home Care Packages (HCP) to engage Homage services if you self-manage your HCP. You may connect Homage with your registered Self-managed provider to facilitate service bookings using your HCP funds.
We support both private clients and those on government waitlist but require care urgently. Please speak to our Care Advisor today at (03) 6146 0719 if you require care support.
Can I use my NDIS funding for Homage respite care services?
You can use your NDIS funds to engage Homage services if:
1) You self-manage your NDIS funds – you can directly book services with us. Homage will issue you the service invoice for you to submit claims.
2) A plan manager manages your NDIS funds – you can connect Homage with your plan manager to facilitate service bookings using your NDIS funds.
You can use your Home Care Packages (HCP) to engage Homage services if you self-manage your HCP. You can connect Homage with your registered Self-managed provider to facilitate service bookings using your HCP funds.
We support both private clients and those on gov waitlist but require care urgently. Please speak to our Care Advisor today at (03) 7018 6482 if you require care support.
Can 1 Care Professional care for 2 people at the same time?
To ensure you or your loved one receive undivided attention and care, each care recipient will be matched with a dedicated Homage nurse who fits their needs and preferences. If there are 2 care recipients in the same home, a private nurse will be present to care for each individual respectively.
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