Residential respite care

Page last updated: 17 November 2017

Residential care is provided on a permanent or respite basis. Residential respite provides short-term care on a planned or emergency basis in aged care homes to people who have been assessed and approved to receive it.

Residential respite provides short-term care in aged care homes to people who have been assessed and approved by an ACAT to receive residential respite care.

The primary purpose of residential respite is to give a carer or care recipient a break from their usual care arrangements.  Residential respite may be used on a planned or emergency basis.

Eligibility for respite care

To access residential respite, care recipients must be assessed as eligible by an ACAT.  Care recipients are entitled to 63 days of subsidised respite care in a financial year; however recipients may apply to an ACAT for extensions of up to 21 days for various reasons.

Continue reading about Residential Respite (Short Stays in Aged Care Homes) on the My Aged Care website.