Respite Care

Comprehensive Respite Care for Carers and Families

Caring for a loved one is a deeply rewarding but also challenging role. Being a primary carer can be emotionally and physically demanding, leading to social isolation and chronic tiredness. At mecwacare, we recognise that carers need care too.

Our respite care services are designed to provide you with a much needed break, ensuring your well-being and allowing you to recharge. Respite is an important way to relieve the stress of being a carer whether it is in your home, in the community or in an aged care home. Whether it’s a few hours of relief, overnight support, or an extended period, we offer flexible respite care options that can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

mecwacare has a proud history of providing respite care services across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Our dedicated team is committed to delivering high-quality, personalised care that provides peace of mind for you and your family. Take the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate, while we take care of the rest.

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Frequently asked questions

Who delivers respite services?

All mecwacare direct care workers are trained professionals who hold a current Police Check.

What are some of the examples of respite service that can be arranged in my home or in the community?

For example, playing board games, gardening together, walking to the park, visiting a local library, visiting a shopping centre, having coffee at a nearby cafe, attending a group activity with friends, such as lawn bowls.

How much does it cost to access mecwacare respite care services?

For government-funded services, mecwacare will ask clients to pay a co-contribution. This fee is based on two key areas: your income level and your ability to pay. The fee is an hourly rate and will be discussed and agreed before the service commences. A fee schedule will be attached to your service agreement with mecwacare.

How can I access mecwacare services?

mecwacare delivers a range of government-funded programs, including the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP), Support for Carers Program and many others. If you are aged over 65, please contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to check your eligibility for help at home for older people. My Aged Care will organise an assessment and make a referral to mecwacare if it suits your needs.

If you are under 65 and require assistance with daily living, or you are unsure which program will suit you most, please contact our friendly team on 8573 4980 to check your eligibility and service options.

What happens if I won’t be available at the time my respite service is booked?

We understand that life does not always go to plan and that you may have appointments and unexpected commitments. Please let us know at least 24 hours before the booked time so that we can reschedule your services.

If you do not answer your door at the time of a scheduled visit or scheduled collection/appointment, we will:

  • Attempt to call you
  • If no response, contact your primary contacts, as relevant
  • If still no response, our office may call the police and request a welfare check.
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