We know there’ll be times when you need respite accommodation for yourself or for a loved one who’s not capable of caring for themselves.
That’s why genU provides respite and support for carers of frail, older people (over 65 years) including those with dementia. Services are provided on a short-term, ongoing and episodic basis.
Our range of respite services are offered under Community Home Support Programs (CHSP) funded by the Federal Government Department of Health.
Centre-based day respite
Centre-based respite is provided during the day with hours according to the carer’s needs, location and place availability.
Participants enjoy activities designed to develop, maintain or support independent living and social interaction and are based on individual interests.
The carer is able to attend with the older person if they wish, or take the time to have a break.
Centre-based day respite is available in Belmont, Newtown and Ocean Grove.
Respite is provided overnight with hours and days according to the carer’s needs, location and place availability. If staying over subsequent nights, participants can enjoy activities designed to develop, maintain or support independent living and social interaction based on individual interests during the day. The carer is able to attend with the older person if they wish, or take the time to have a break.
Our respite houses have large outdoor gardens with seating and shade, as well as fully enclosed secure fence lines for safe wandering and security.
Overnight respite is available in Newtown and Ocean Grove (Monday to Friday).
Our carers group provides opportunities for carers to meet other carers and staff in order to build on social networks, gain information, give feedback to improve services and participate in activities that will maintain and improve their wellbeing. Our carers group meets monthly in Belmont.
Individual carer support
Access to the respite coordinator, respite nurse and/or director of nursing for counselling, support, care coordination and referrals are available to carers as required.
Individual carer support can be provided via phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or in person either at the genU offices or in the carer’s home (generally during office hours unless otherwise agreed).