Residential respite provides short-term care in aged care homes to people who have been assessed as eligible and approved by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to receive residential respite care at the appropriate level.

It can be used on a planned or emergency basis to help with carer stress, illness, holidays, or the unavailability of the carer.

Residential respite care is not intended for rehabilitation following a post-acute episode, or convalescent care after hospitalisation, nor is it to be used as a waiting facility for people seeking a permanent bed in an aged care facility.

Residential respite care may include assistance with meals, laundry, room cleaning, personal grooming, as well as nursing care and a variety of services such as physiotherapy or podiatry.

The true value of respite is to continue to support frail older people to remain in the community, with their carers, by giving carers a well earned break when needed.

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