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Residential respite

BlueCross offers respite (short-term care and accommodation in a nursing home) at all of our residences across Melbourne.

Respite for a loved one is used for a number of reasons, including:

  • You, the carer, are planning a holiday

  • You need to take a break from looking after a loved one to re-energise yourself

  • You are recovering from surgery, injury or illness.

Respite is offered on a planned or emergency basis, and in both cases is subject to availability at your preferred residence. Bookings are accepted up to six months in advance, and due to the limited nature of respite places, it does fill quickly. BlueCross respite is booked for a minimum of two weeks; shorter stays may be considered on a case by case basis at the Residence Manager's discretion.

Respite caters for people requiring different levels of support, from those who need only low level support to those with high level care needs, including people living with dementia.

All respite is provided in a private room with private ensuite. Some residences have a fixed phone line available and clients are always welcome to bring their mobile phone.

How do I book respite?

To book a respite stay, please call 1300 133 414. Respite bookings for all residences are made by our central Client Services team. Alternately, you can send us an enquiry using the form on the left of this page, and we'll get back to you during business hours.

If your loved one has an Aged Care Assessment or Aged Care Client Record (ACCR), please have this with you when contacting us, as we may require details from this document.

How much does respite cost?

If your loved one has a current Aged Care Client Record (ACCR), the cost is subsidised by the Government. The fees that apply are:

  • the daily fee (set at 85% of the full aged pension)

  • additional services fee. This fee varies depending on which residence you choose, in accordance with the level of accommodation and services available. You will be advised of the relevant fee for the residence of your choice when you make your booking.

If your loved one does not have an ACCR or is not eligible for subsidised respite, the respite stay will need to be privately-funded and will therefore incur an additional fee depending on the clinical needs of the client.

How much respite can I get each year?

With a current ACCR, subsidised respite is available for up to nine weeks per year.

Privately-funded respite is unlimited but dependant on availability at the residence.

Do you offer emergency respite?

BlueCross offers emergency respite, subject to availability. It generally takes at least 24 hours (and preferably 48 hours) to coordinate due to the required paperwork and supporting documents (including a current, signed medication chart).