Choosing the right residential respite service will help you feel confident that the person with dementia is in a safe environment that meets their needs.
Location and availability are two of the first things to consider. For residential-based respite in your area visit Find-a-service at My Aged Care and enter your postcode. The following questions may help you choose the most appropriate residential respite:
- What is the training and level of experience of staff?
- What experience do staff have with clients with dementia?
- Does the service provide transport services?
- What activities will the person with dementia take part in?
- How can the centre meet the specific needs (such as cultural, diet, behavioural, medical) of the person with dementia that you care for?
- Does the centre undertake ‘outings’ or day trips?
- What is the cost of services? If so, how is payment organised?
- What procedures are in place for emergencies?
If possible, spend a day at the service you are considering so you can get a ‘feel’ for the people and environment. During this visit, take the Residential Respite Checklist to help you decide if the service is right for you and the person with dementia.