Up to $ 12.1 M is available to support and expand respite for primary carers of frail older Australians.
The aim of the National Respite for Carers Program is to contribute to the support and maintenance of caring relationships between carers and care recipients by facilitating access to information, Respite Care and other support appropriate to the carer’s individual needs and circumstances, and those of the care recipient.
The intent of the National Respite for Carers Program is to complement existing services and support already provided to the community under the Home and Community Care Program, other programs, or information networks.
National Respite for Carers Program funding will be broadly targeted toward supporting and expanding respite for primary carers of frail older Australians (65 years or over, or 50 and over if Indigenous), including people with dementia, and people with dementia and challenging behaviours who are living at home. National Respite for Carers Program applicants will need to clearly identify how the proposed respite services cater for the frail aged.
A number of respite models are in operation around the country that may be tailored to the needs and preferences of carers and care recipients. These consist of any one or a combination of:
- centre-based day respite – where several care recipients with similar care needs are cared for in a building leased or owned by the service;
- in-home respite, day or overnight, where the care recipient is cared for in their own home;
- host family respite, day or overnight, where the care recipient is cared for in the home of the respite care provider;
- overnight community respite, where the care recipient is cared for, usually in a respite cottage;
- residential day respite – where the care recipient receives day respite in a residential aged care facility;
- community access, group or individual where the care recipient takes part in a community outing; and/or
- mobile respite – respite delivered from a mobile setting.
Some of the recipients so far include:
- Southern Cross Care (TAS) Inc. $82,500
- Southern Cross Care (TAS) Inc. $110,000
- Southern Cross Care (TAS) Inc $82,500
- Southern Cross Care (TAS) Inc $110,000
- Mater Hospitals and Health Services $1,571,198
- Alzheimer’s Association of Queensland Inc. $541,697
- Time Out $1,401,562
- Calvary Cottage – Port Augusta $198,000
- Brotherhood of St Laurence $275,000
- Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre $220,000
- Australian Greek Welfare Society $330,000
- Central Bayside Community Health and Services $115,500
- St Laurence Community Services $220,000
- Gippsland Multicultural Service $68,072