Benetas Springvale Day Respite Program
24 March 2014

Benetas Springvale Day Respite Program

A culturally inclusive respite group in Melbourne’s south east is connecting older Victorians with important social opportunities in a bid to support them to continue living at home for as long as possible.

The Benetas Springvale Day Respite Program gives older Victorians the opportunity to socialise and enjoy meals with others their own age, while giving their carers the chance to take a break. Responding to local need, the service caters specifically for the Vietnamese speaking community with Vietnamese speaking staff facilitating the group three times per week.

The group meets at the Anglican Church of the Ascension in Springvale before heading out on day trips across Melbourne. Activities this year have so far included a visit to Williamstown Beach for fish and chips, a ferry ride to Queenscliff and Devonshire Tea in the Dandenong Ranges.

Benetas Day Centre Coordinator Pauline Alvarez said the program was crucial to ensuring both older people and their carers felt supported and connected to the community.

“The program gives participants the opportunity to form new friendships and see parts of Melbourne they might not have been to in a while, or in fact ever been to,” said Pauline.

“Respite is so important for both the carer and the older person. By giving carers a well deserved break, we’re supporting their mental and emotional wellbeing and are able to make sure they can continue supporting their loved one.”

Benetas has an extensive range of respite options available to the community, including day programs, overnight and extended respite at our residential facilities and respite in the home.

Benetas has recently published the Springvale Day Respite Program brochure in Vietnamese. To download a copy, or to learn more about Benetas’ range of respite services, click here or call 1300 23 63 82.