If you have home care package funds available and need respite, you may be able to use these funds for respite care.
You may need to access respite if your main carer or family members are unwell or need to take a break from caring. Using home care package funds may mean a temporary suspension of your other care package services while you are accessing respite.
This article outlines the guidelines for using home care package funds for respite and the conditions that must be met in order for the respite to be arranged.
Home care package services
A home care package in Australia provides a range of services and support to help you stay independent at home for as long as possible.
If you receive a home care package through the Australian Government, you will likely be receiving home care services such as:
cleaning and domestic assistance
shopping support or transport
support to enjoy community and social activities
home maintenance and gardening
nursing care and other allied health services
Short term respite
Respite care is not typically allocated as part of a home care package. The intent of the home care package is to help you to remain safe and comfortable at home. However, sometimes your situation may mean that you need some temporary care.
This can happen when your usual carer or support person takes a break, needs to travel, go on holiday or is unwell. When your carer takes a break, you may be able to spend a short time in residential respite care to ensure you are properly looked after and supported.
Types of respite
There are several types of respite care, including in-home respite care, adult day care, and residential respite care.
Respite care may be provided in your own house, meaning you stay at home rather than going to stay elsewhere. Day respite can be provided at local centres and facilities. In the case of residential respite care, you can have a short stay at an approved residential respite care facility or aged care home.
Who pays for respite?
In many cases, Government funding will provide a respite subsidy, but there may still be a basic daily fee a care recipient needs to pay.
The amount you will be paying and contribute to the overall cost will be determined through an assessment. The contribution is an income tested care fee.
You can read more about who pays for respite care in our recent blog.
Do I have to pay for respite care at home?
There will be a basic daily fee for all respite services, regardless of if your respite is at home or at a residential respite facility. The costs can be subsidised through your care package though you will still need to contribute towards the cost of your service.
Respite care cost
Private respite care
Private arrangements for respite can also be made and many facilities have private beds available, with fees, for people who need them. This is a great option for a person who does not have home care package funding.
Temporary suspension of home care packages
Respite is not typically provided through a Home Care package, however as outlined, this can be arranged if certain criteria are met. Home care funding can be used to pay for residential respite if you need it. This means your home care package is temporarily suspended and your package funds are used to cover respite fees.
How to arrange residential respite care
If you are in receipt of a Home Care Package and require respite, it is worth speaking to you home care package providers. They are best placed to help you consider if you meet the criteria for residential care respite and can take temporary leave from your home care package pay arrangements.
If they are not designated to provide respite, your home care package providers may also be able to give you a list of approved respite providers in your local area.
How to get a home care package
In Australia, the Aged Care Assessment Team will make a determination about your eligibility for aged care and home care services. Home care packages are not for people who require high care or transition care.
More information and the answers to common questions can be found on the main aged care website My Aged Care.
Nursed Care respite services
At Nursed Care, we can provide both short term residential respite support and in home respite care to people who are eligible for home care packages. We are an accredited home care provider.
Our respite care and short term accommodation services are designed to cater to adults of all backgrounds, ages, and support needs, ensuring that everyone benefits from a memorable experience during their short stay.
Short stay respite care
The short term accommodation options are fully supervised by our dedicated staff 24/7 to provide any necessary assistance or support.
Our respite accommodation options are designed with for the whole person, and we will help you feel part of our community when you stay with us.
Our spaces are equipped with various safety and accessibility features and have spacious living areas, allowing you to enjoy a holiday with us.