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Respite Care

Thomas Holt offers Respite Care for low and high levels of care.

Thomas Holt commends families and carers for the wonderful role they play in caring for our older community members. We recognise that sometimes the carer needs support and as such we have designed a range of respite care options for short and long term support. This service is offered at both our Kirrawee and Sans Souci Garden sites.

Please call Thomas Holt on (02) 9545 4799 for more details about your Respite Care options.

Below is a list of FAQ & answers regarding respite care

When you are taking care of someone it is important to also consider your own health and wellbeing. Just as most jobs provide holidays, carers should try to take some time off from caring.

Respite care offers the opportunity for both the carer, and the person being cared for to take a break. Respite is needed to relieve the stress of being a carer or to take a well earned break while your loved one is safe and in the best of care.

The most commonly known form of respite is when an older person enters an aged care home for a few days or weeks. It is possible for one person to use up to nine weeks of respite during a financial year.

When the elderly are no longer able to manage at home without assistance, the ACAT helps them, and their carers, determine what kind of care will best meet their needs.

This may be residential permanent care or respite care. The Aged Care Assessment Team may include a doctor, nurse, social worker, or other health professional.

A member of your local ACAT will visit you in your home or in hospital to assess your needs.

There is no charge for the assessment as the ACAT is government funded. The ACATs cover the entire country and are based in hospitals or in the local community. If you are of non-English speaking background and require an interpreter, please advise the ACAT at the time of assessment.

While an ACAT cannot make recommendations about individual homes or community services, they can provide you with information to assist you to make decisions.

On the day you check-in at Thomas Holt you will be welcomed by our friendly team. You will be taken on a tour to meet and greet your neighbours and our team will assist you with choosing the activities you would like to enjoy during your stay with us.

As a DVA pensioner, you may seek approval from the DVA for payment of respite daily fees. This approval must be obtained prior to entering respite care. Please contact your DVA adviser for more information in relation to your ongoing needs and requirements.

The current rate of respite is set by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. It is a requirement of Thomas Holt that you pay for the entire stay in advance. Please contact our Client Relationship Manager on 8536 1905 or email hello@thomasholt.org.au to ascertain the current respite rate.

Respite is intended for you to stay within the aged care facility for a period of time. During your respite time you may go out for lunch, but if you wish to stay out overnight, we will be required to discharge you from the facility and you will need to re-book your stay.

If you require hospitalisation during your respite stay, we will organise transport to hospital. As per Government regulations, on admission to hospital, you will be discharged from Thomas Holt. If the room is available, we will arrange rebooking for the respite bed once you are medically fit for discharge.

You are entitled to enjoy the same services as permanent Residents do. This includes all your meals, room cleaning, laundry, medication management and access to all Lifestyle programs and residential facilities, such as lounge rooms, games rooms, gardens, chapel, dining room, concerts, outings and of course, fantastic care..

Each approved person can receive up to a total of 63 days of subsidised respite in any financial year. This amount covers respite admissions to all Commonwealth funded Residential Aged Care facilities.

Yes, you are able to extend your stay but you will require an ACAT approval. The length of this extension is 21 days.

This extension will be dependent on such considerations as:

  • Carer stress;
  • Severity of the care recipients condition;
  • Absence of the persons carer;
  • Any other related matter

You will need to bring adequate personal clothing and toiletries. If you wish staff to assist you in your medications, the Care Manager will liaise with you to ensure your medications are in the form of a 7 Day Webster Pack.

If you are requiring rehabilitation or medical appointment follow up during your stay, please let us know before you check in to ensure we can assist you to make the necessary arrangements. We can arrange for you to receive rehab during your stay with Thomas Holt by our Allied Health Team. We can also arrange transport for your to travel to medical appointments and alike if required.

If you require an escort for the appointment you will need to speak with the Care Manager or Registered Nurse who will arrange this. Please note that there is an additional cost to this service.

You will need to be assessed by the ACAT to become a permanent resident. In some cases, the ACAT approval may have been granted prior to your entry to Thomas Holt.

You may be asked to pay a booking fee to assist in organising your care and to secure your respite place. The booking fee is a prepayment of respite care fees and not an extra payment. 

This fee, however, cannot be more than a full week's fee or 25% of the fee for the entire stay, whichever is the lower.

Once you have a planned date for respite, our team will meet with you a few weeks beforehand and explain to you some of the arrangements you need to make so your stay will be enjoyable. This includes ensuring we understand your health and wellbeing needs and liaise with your GP regarding any medications and treatments you may need during your stay with us.

If you have any other questions relating to Respite Care offered by Thomas Holt, please speak to our Client Relationship Manager.

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