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Residential aged care homes offer a welcome a respite

26th June 2020

Caring for vulnerable people is an honour and a privilege, however the recent Coronavirus restrictions have impacted Australian caregivers, leaving them needing a bit of respite for themselves.

A recent survey from Caring Fairly has revealed the negative impact the pandemic has had on caregivers, with 88% saying they have experienced increased levels of stress.

But there is another option which allows carers time to take a break, while ensuring that their client or loved one is safe and supported.

Respite services are available through home care packages or the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), and while a number of respite options have closed due to government directives in line with Coronavirus restrictions, these services are still available at residential aged care homes.

Pamela Robinson made the decision to seek respite care for 83-year-old former farmhand and truck driver Tim Adams.

When Mr Adams was admitted to St Laurence Court in Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo for a two week respite visit, he took to the experience like a duck to water.

Mr Adams joined the Kangaroo Flat family for a short while and he loved it, says Ms Denise Hunt, Residential Manager of St Laurence Court, Kangaroo Flat.

“When it was time to go home he kept saying he wanted to stay, he felt so comfortable with us,” she said.

“This was lovely feedback for our staff, who really go the extra mile to make sure all our residents feel very welcome, whether they are staying for a couple of weeks, or are permanent residents.”

When the Kangaroo Flat team held a barbeque after Mr Adams had left, Mr Adams and his carer Pamela came back to join in the festivities.

CEO Sandra Hills OAM, says it’s wonderful and rewarding to be able to have such a positive impact on clients like Mr Adams.

“Respite care is such an important service for families, giving everyone involved a valuable break, especially given the current circumstances across Australia,” said Ms Hills.