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Am I eligible for respite care?

To be eligible, you need to have an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment that approves you for respite care. If you don’t yet have ACAT approval, or you’re unsure if your current ACAT approval covers respite care, you can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. A member of ACAT will visit you and your loved one at home to assess your needs.

What can I expect from respite care?

Respite residents live alongside current aged care residents and experience being part of our community. Respite residents will move in to a suite at one of our aged care centres, with access to all the benefits and high-quality care that our 50 years’ of experience provides.


Professional, personalised care 24/7 - highly trained staff, Registered Nurses and 24/7 staffing, and specialisation in general, dementia and palliative care.


Modern, comfortable living – a mix of private and shared suites. Enjoy landscaped courtyards, gardens, dining and lounge rooms with all the comforts of home.


Nutritious meals and refreshments – seasonal menus, menus for special occasions and support to improve nutrition.


Engaging lifestyle in a real community – dedicated Lifestyle Managers, daily activities as well as bus trips and outings, opportunities to celebrate special events and programs to enhance wellbeing.


Connection with family and friends – flexible visiting hours, private phone connections available within care suites and onsite visitor parking.

How long can I access respite care?

Everyone’s individual situation is different. You can choose to access our respite services as often as you like, which will be subsidised by the government for a maximum of 63 days in any financial year.

Respite care admission is subject to availability and suitability.

What are my payment options?

Respite care is subsidised by the government for a maximum of 63 days per financial year.

Additional costs and rates vary depending on your circumstances.

To find out what subsidies you may be eligible for contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.

Respite care with IRT - Staff member with customer

4 easy steps to respite care:


Get an ACAT assessment

If you’re not already approved for respite care, phone My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 and arrange for an ACAT assessment for your loved one in your own home.


Contact us

Submit an enquiry below, and one of IRT’s friendly Customer Service team members will call you to discuss your needs and preferences and determine availability at an IRT aged care centre.


Take a tour of our Aged Care Centre

A tentative respite booking will be made for you and your loved one to take a tour of your preferred aged care centre and to meet with the Care Manager.


Confirm your booking and prepare for your stay

Once your booking has been confirmed, finalise your paperwork, which will confirm your loved ones’ move in date and length of stay, and prepare for your stay in your selected IRT aged care centre.

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