Prevent and prepare for COVID-19 in residential respite

Residential aged care respite providers must stay alert and prepared for a potential COVID-19 outbreak in their home. Learn about the measures you should have in place to support residential respite clients during an outbreak.

Respite during COVID-19

We encourage residential aged care respite providers to continue accepting people who need residential respite care during a COVID-19 outbreak.

See more information about escalation tiers and aged care provider responses.

During a COVID-19 outbreak, you should:

  • discuss the care needs with the client and their families
  • help clients apply for approvals if they need to extend their respite care period.

Period of respite care and extensions

During a COVID-19 outbreak, a client may need to extend their stay in residential respite care.

If you are unable to submit a respite extension request through the service and support portal, seek help from an Aged Care Assessment Team.

Learn more about managing residential respite care.


Stay informed

To stay up to date on aged care and COVID-19:

Find the latest advice and resources in your state or territory from your local public health unit

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