On 10 March, Resthaven was delighted to host Sharon Tentye, Executive Manager Service Delivery, Carers SA, at two of Resthaven’s southern respite cottages, to share ideas about how Resthaven and Carers SA can work together to support older people and their carers.
Senior Manager Community Services, Wojtek Swietek, says, ‘We took Sharon on a tour of our two newest respite cottages – Aldinga House at 18 Halcyon Circuit, Aldinga Beach; and Newland House at 1-3 Newland Street, Victor Harbor.’
‘We were joined by Managers and Coordinators from Resthaven Community Respite Services, and Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu Community Services, who were delighted to meet Sharon.’
‘Together, the group discussed the issues facing carers, including carer stress, burn out, factors underpinning the need for emergency respite, and the importance of minimising barriers to people accessing respite services.’
‘Respite for carers is vital, to ensure that carers can take a break from their caring role.’
‘Resthaven respite cottages allow carers to take a break, knowing that their loved ones are being well cared for by qualified staff, in one of our home-like cottage locations.’
‘Along with overnight stays (up to a fortnight), Resthaven Community Respite Services guests can also enjoy day respite, and social outings.’
‘Sharon’s visit was a great opportunity to showcase our staff and the cottages, with a view to collaborating with Carers SA in future, and increasing utilisation of respite services.’
‘We hope to host several more Carers SA staff at some of our metropolitan cottages in future, to further showcase Resthaven’s range of respite options.’
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.
Carers SA provides a range of services and support focussed around the carer. Carers may be able to access a tailored package through Carers SA – Carer Gateway to subsidise or provide increased opportunities to respite. To find out more you can contact Carers SA – Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737.