Community Respite

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Southern Cross Care offers multiple Community Respite options that provide short-term care while giving carers peace of mind and a period
of rest to focus on their own health and wellbeing.

Myrtle Cottage in Myrtle Bank, and Willow Fern Cottage in Mount Barker provide day and overnight respite care, while our Buddy Program supports clients with respite care in their own home and local community.

Our compassionate and capable team offer quality care that caters for the client’s individual needs, including those living with dementia.

Why our Community Respite service is unique

Our award-winning service employs a health-focused model that engages our clients physically, mentally and socially. Our experienced staff work with clients to achieve goals, build social connections, re-engage with the community and rebuild skills.

We have a philosophy of ‘doing with, rather than doing for’ and participate with clients in a range of meaningful activities that offer a sense of purpose and fun.

These activities include;

  • Preparing and enjoying meals together
  • Painting, pottery and handicrafts
  • Writing and performing poetry and music
  • Sensory and productive gardening
  • Quizzes, games and brain training
  • Regular excursions to the beach, zoo, cinema, dance groups and more

Our clients have access to daily exercise programs, provided in purpose-built environments under the guidance of experienced exercise professionals. These programs focus on building strength and balance and promoting independence.
Through this focus on health, wellbeing and meaningful engagement, our Community Respite clients are Better for life.

How to access Community Respite

Our service specialises in caring for people living with dementia and other complex conditions, but can be tailored to suit all clients who cannot completely care for themselves.

Our service is subsidised for people who have been approved for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), a Home Care Package (Level 1-4) or NDIS funding. Our service can also be booked privately for those without government funding support.