Respite Care

June 26, 2012

Respite is available at several aged care facilities at WDHS. It provides short-term care on a planned basis and sometimes in an emergency, for example, to help if your carer needs to go away. To see which facilities provide respite care click here.

Inspection
Prospective residents, together with family and carers are invited to visit their preferred facility before making the decision to become a resident. Please make an appointment with the Unit Manager in order to view the home and meet with the staff to discuss your care requirements. The Unit Manager will be able to assist you and your family with any questions or concerns.

An assessment by the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) must be completed before you can be accepted into the service.

Booking a Place
Admission to all WDHS facilities is managed by the Aged Care Placement Coordinator, who is based at The Birches in Hamilton. For further information or to make a booking please contact the Coordinator.

What to Bring
At least two week prior to your first respite admission, you should contact the Unit Manager at the facility where you will be staying, to organise a pre-admission interview. A copy of your current ACAS Assessment should be brought to the interview.

If you are self-medicating, please provide a letter from your GP to say you may continue to self-medicate while you are at respite. Alternatively you should bring your current medications in a Webster Pack, your current Long Term Medication Chart from your GP and a letter regarding any current health concerns.

Before leaving home contact all of your community services to inform them of your planned respite admission and discharge dates so your services can be suspended until you return home.

Referral
An ACAS assessment must be completed before admission