On 1 November, clients from across Resthaven Community Respite Services joined in celebration of Melbourne Cup Day at Lane Cottages, the first of many joint events incorporating Lane Cottages, Ridgway House, Toorak House, Hersey Cottages, and Aldinga House.
Among the well-dressed attendants was client, Mr Bob Hurst, and his wife and carer, Mrs Anne Hurst, who enjoyed a ‘day at the races’.
Mrs Hurst first came across Resthaven Community Respite Services in 2018, during a Dementia Australia exhibition.
‘When Bob was diagnosed with dementia, I knew I needed to organise support for both of us, and I started to explore our options.’
‘I remember going around in circles before finding the Resthaven stall. They were the only ones at that time who catered to our needs of having day and overnight respite available 7 days a week.’
‘Bob has been going to Ridgway House ever since, and it has been a lifesaver for me.’
‘He now stays overnight every Wednesday, and then spends the day there on Thursday. He enjoys this social time with other clients, and there are always activities and events planned.’
‘It’s also important for me to take that time for myself, to run errands, or book a nail appointment. It helps me to be a better carer when Bob is home.’
‘The services aren’t limited to Bob, either. Whenever there is a big occasion, like today [Melbourne Cup], I feel welcomed to dress up and come along for the festivities.’
‘It is nice to visit Lane Cottages for today’s grand event, and I look forward to coming back next year.’
Subsidised overnight and day respite is available for carers of older people through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. Private and Home Care Package options are also available.
To enquire and book, call Resthaven Community Respite Services on 8198 2060.