Christmas is nearly upon us. Where has the year gone, we ask?
For some, it will have flown by, but for others, the year will have seemed a lot longer.
Carers, people who care for another person, often experience burnout at this time of year.
Many full-time carers will have spent the past 12 months completely occupied by appointments of every description and worrying about the care of another.
Conversations around the Christmas table can be a time to discuss plans for the coming year, which could include respite.
If you are in a full-time caring role, you know your job is all day, every day, 24/7.
The need for a break, to enjoy your interests, have a well-earned holiday or just rest is vitally important in ensuring you remain healthy and happy to provide the best possible care.
Short-term respite offers the opportunity for a carer and a person receiving care to take a well-deserved break from their regular routine.
It can also be used in the case of illness or an emergency.
Before you can book respite, the person in your care will first need to be assessed by the Commonwealth Government Aged Care Assessment Services (ACAS) to establish eligibility.
Step 1 — Arrange an ACAS assessment by phoning ‘‘My Aged Care’’ free on 1800200422, you will both need to be available to talk.
Step 2 — ‘‘My Aged Care’’ will arrange a time with you for an ACAS team member to visit and undertake an assessment.
Step 3 — Once you have received an eligible ACAS assessment, you are free to book respite.
Short-term respite can be booked from one week up to nine weeks, with the possibility of an extension if needed.
You can also use respite as a ‘‘trial’’ to see how you both feel about a longer stay.
Benalla has a few choices of respite accommodation available, which includes Cooinda.
It is recommended you take the time to visit the places offering respite to see where you both feel most comfortable.
Cooinda suggests the most important questions to consider when looking for respite are:
●How well do you both connect with the staff, are they friendly?
●Will the room be comfortable and fit the things you want to bring?
●How many and what types of social activities are planned?
●Read the menu plans and seek comment from others about the quality of meals served.
Another option for a carer to take a break from their regular caring role is to invite in-home help.
The two types of home-care services are; government pays (Home Care Packages) and you pay (Fee for Service).
Cooinda in the Home offers a local choice for both types of in-home help.
Their services can include meal preparation, domestic help and personal care.
●If you have any questions or need more information, you can visit www.myagedcare.gov.au or you can phone Cooinda on 57613300.