Why we care – Respite services offering support to care-givers

Blog Why We Care National Carers Week 14 20 October 2018

Being a caregiver is often an act of love and it can be challenging to find a balance between your care-giving role and looking after your own health and well-being. That’s where respite services can be a life-saver.

Respite care comes in a variety of forms but they all work towards the same aim of making sure you can be away from your duties safe in the knowledge the person you care for is well looked after. Today we look at five respite services offered by Ozcare that are available to Queensland carers of seniors, people living with dementia, and people with disability.

  1. Short term respite care
    Typically used when you need to be away from home for a short time, such as a doctor’s appointment or doing the shopping, Ozcare’s experienced and professional carers come to your home and help the person you care for to do things they enjoy, such as games, craft or an outing in the community. Carers can even do some meal preparation, cleaning, showering, or other personal care services while you’re away.
  2. Ongoing respite care
    Do you work part-time? Organising regular respite care gives you the security of knowing the person you care for will always be looked after while you’re at paid work. Regular respite care can be organised for day or evening, and is completely flexible to fit around your schedule. As with short term care, the Ozcare carer can complete other tasks and chores while they are looking after your loved one.
  3. Emergency respite care
    When you need care immediately, call Ozcare on 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273) to arrange emergency respite. Carers can be organised at short notice and come to your home or another place in the community – whatever is needed.
  4. Day respite centres
    Open during business hours, Ozcare’s day respite centres are fun, social places for people with disability, people living with dementia, or those needing aged care. Your loved one will get to meet new people, take part in activities, and have their meals and care needs looked after. Ozcare’s centre will even arrange transport to and from the centre if you live close by. Extended hours are available to carers of people living with dementia who want to do paid work, study or volunteer.
  5. Residential respite at an aged care facility
    Temporarily moving into an aged care facility is often a great idea for people who have recently returned from hospital and need more complex care, or for carers wanting to travel interstate or overseas. All 11 of Ozcare’s aged care facilities offer residential respite care, including in their secure units that specially care for those with dementia.

No matter what your needs, it’s important to know that there are services out there to give you a well-earned rest, and make sure that your loved one has access to the care they need. Call 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273) or visit ozcare.org.au for your free care consultation.