Respite care

Respite care aims to support the carers of a frail older person or a person with a disability by providing them with a break from their caring role. Respite care can be provided as planned regular respite, emergency respite or occasional respite (including evenings and weekends). The service is usually provided in the carer’s home but may include participating in community activities.

This service is for the carers of a frail older person or a person with a disability.

Service cost

A fee is charged for respite care and varies according to income. Monthly accounts are mailed out can be paid at our Service Centre, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield or at any post office.

Respite care staff

Experienced staff provide a professional, personal and caring service which is sensitive to individual needs and which ensures that the carer has piece of mind, knowing that their loved one is being cared for appropriately. All staff have qualifications and extensive experience and have undergone Police and reference checks.

Accessing the service

Referrals for the Respite Care Service can be made by the applicant, a family member, a friend or a health and welfare organisation. Initial enquiries should be made by contacting us on 9524 3333.

At the time of referral, some questions will be asked to ascertain whether the eligibility requirements for this service are met. If these are met, an assessment officer will be in contact to discuss care needs and the ability of the service to address them.

Funding is provided by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments through the Home and Community Care (HACC) program to assist Council in providing these services.