South West Carer Respite Program
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What is the South West Carer Respite Program?
Council’s South West Carer Respite Program provides a comprehensive range of reliable and flexible respite options that are designed to support carers in their caring role. Services are for short term, occasional or emergency support.
Types of respite available
In Home Respite
Enables carers to have a break or participate in family, social or community activities outside the home, while a trained staff member provides support in the home for the person they care for.
Out of Home Respite
Provides a range of social opportunities that promote the wellbeing of the person being cared for. It may be at a planned activity group, day stay centre or could include an overnight stay at a residential facility.
Group Activities for Carers
We work with Carer Support Groups to organise and/or fund innovative community activities which may include recreational, cultural and educational or health orientated outings or classes. For example group luncheons, bus trips and concerts.
What area do you service?
We offer services in south west Victoria, including areas in the Warrnambool, Glenelg, Moyne, Corangamite and Southern Grampians shires.
How much do services cost?
Nominal fees are charged in line with government policy. You can discuss this with us during your initial assessment.
Who is eligible?
- Frail older people (65 years or over, or 50 and over if indigenous).
- People with dementia.
- Younger people with severe or profound disabilities who are living at home.
- People with a terminal illness in need of palliative care.
How do I access services?
Inquiries and referrals can be received from:
- Anyone requiring assistance.
- Family members of friends.
- General practitioners.
- Hospitals or other health services.
- Community agencies.
What happens next?
A coordinator will arrange to visit you at home to determine your eligibility and identify the level and type of services needed. A comprehensive handbook will be provided with all the information about rights and responsibilities and Council policies, including Privacy, Grievance Procedures and the Fees Policy.
Warrnambool City Council
Phone: (03) 5559 4800
Fax: (03) 5559 4900