Weeroona has been a pillar of aged care in Cowra for more than 30 years and has comprehensive respite programs available for residents requiring short-term accommodation. All respite residents at Weeroona receive 24/7 professional nursing care support, meals, lifestyle programs and much more.
“We always enjoy having residents come to us for respite. They get to see what we’re all about and quickly learn that residents are really supported by Weeroona’s nurses, lifestyle and hospitality teams. Many respite residents come in for a few weeks at a time and then return home. It’s a fantastic service,” said Kate Chew, Facility Manager.
There are several reasons why a resident may choose to enter an aged care home for a short-term respite stay. The three main reasons are: to give a carer a well-earned break, to recover from an injury or illness for a short period of time or to experience the care and services of a home (like Weeroona) before becoming a permanent resident.
Up to 63 days of residential respite care can be utilised each financial year and this service is available to residents that have been approved by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). There is also a 21-day respite extension that can be granted under special circumstances.
Seniors wanting to access residential respite care will first need a free assessment with a member of ACAT. The first step to achieving approval is to call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to receive a referral code.
The Australian Government subsidises residential respite services making it affordable for all residents. Contact Facility Manager, Kate Chew, if you are interested in learning more about Weeroona’s respite program on 6342 3333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org