Aged Care – demonstration sites for day respite in residential aged care facilities

Costing $41.2 million over four years, this measure will create 20 respite demonstration centres, which will conduct research and evaluation of different models of respite care, and will also add an extra 62,400 days of respite for carers of frail older people.

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Why is this important?

  • Respite care allows carers to take a break from their caring role. This measure will encourage new and more flexible approaches to providing day respite in residential aged care.
  • This measure provides for research and evaluation of various models of respite care delivered through the demonstration sites as a basis for further development of respite options.

Who will benefit?

  • This measure will provide an additional 62,400 days of respite to carers of frail older people.
  • The people who are cared for will also benefit. This will help ensure that they will continue to receive good quality care in a safe and supportive environment.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed $41.2 million over the next four years to around 20 demonstration sites across Australia in metropolitan and rural regions.
  • Residential aged care facilities will be offered funding through a competitive grants program under the National Respite for Carers Program.

What have we done in the past?

  • Government expenditure on respite under the National Respite for Carers Program has increased ninefold since 1995-96, reaching $170 million in 2006-07.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will conclude in 2010-2011.

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