TAKING care of a loved one can be quite a challenge, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.
At Anglicare’s Killara Place Respite Centre, located at 71 Wynyard Street, Cleveland, staff are trained to provide support to carers by offering short-term professional centre-based day care for the elderly.
Featuring an extended Dementia Care Service, Killara enables carers to take a break and recharge their batteries with peace of mind; and it gives clients the opportunity to spend their day in a way they enjoy, whether that is building friendships, participating in activities or simply relaxing.
Anglicare Southern Queensland Group Manager Home and Community, Sue Montgomery, said it was important that carers take time out for themselves so they can continue to provide quality care to their loved ones.
“We’re here to support you to take a break, recharge and rest,” Ms Montgomery said.
“We can provide experienced qualified Anglicare staff, nursing and care support workers who will ensure the social, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of the person you are caring for are met, with respect for their dignity, self-worth and individuality.”
The respite centre is funded for people under the age of 65 with a disability via the Queensland Community Support Scheme (QCSS) and people over 65 via the federal Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). There is a co-payment and fee-for-service option available. Transport is available for a limited number of clients where needs have been identified. Meals are also included.
Ms Montgomery added that if a carer volunteers, works, or studies and is looking after a client with a diagnosis of dementia, Killara Place will cover all costs associated with their care thanks to government funding.
A client’s family member said … “Killara gives mum what we cannot give – six hours of mental stimulation, time with people similar to herself in age and health, and a safe and happy environment where she feels and is, independent from us”.
“The staff are fantastic, maintaining a cheery disposition and brightening up mum’s days. They are caring and kind and she loves them. We are enormously grateful for the wonderful service provided by Anglicare at Killara Place. It has enabled us to keep mum at home with her family and still retain a degree of independence for her and for ourselves.”
Some of the activities and services that are provided at Killara include men’s group and friendship groups, arts and crafts, discussion groups, music, book club, card games, live music, knitting, cultural and theme days, table games, social and educational outings, active minds and sensory games, exercise sessions, beauty therapy, sports competitions, bus outings, community garden and morning tea and lunches.
If you would like to find out more information on our respite care services or would like to have a chat about how we can support you and your loved one, please give us a call on 1300 610 610 or visit our website www.anglicaresq.org.au/carer-support/respite