Day respite programs provide an important service for carers, particularly those caring for loved ones with dementia.
Programs and services like these can also offer many benefits for those being cared for as well, including social interaction and access to new experiences.
What is day respite?
Day respite offers support to people with high care needs and their carers. These programs provide a break for carers to take care of other areas of their lives while at the same time giving those being cared for access to meaningful social interaction and activities.
Why is day respite important?
- Gives carers time for themselves to look after other aspects of their lives
- Promotes wellness for carers, allowing them to recharge their batteries to continue in their caring role and provide quality care
- Can help people remain living in their own home for longer
- Supports social participation for those with higher care needs that may be at risk of feeling isolated in their own home
- Allows those with higher care needs to take part in activities they enjoy
What activities are offered in these programs?
Day respite programs are offered in a range of settings, including:
- Specialised day respite centres
- Some retirement villages and seniors’ living communities
- Residential Aged Care facilities
- Community programs
In the case of centre-based day respite programs, activities include individual and group sessions tailored to suit the needs of the attendees. These activities can include:
- Music therapy
- Pet therapy
- Arts and craft
A quality day respite service will access the needs of each attendee to tailor a program that helps them get the most out of their day.
Seasons Day Respite Programs
Several of our Seasons locations offer day respite programs for our residents, including purpose-built spaces at Sinnamon Park and Mango Hill. The programs are held in expansive, purpose-built indoor/outdoor spaces, designed with sensory therapy in mind. These areas include activity zones, visual quiet zones, kitchen, dining, lounge room, outdoor activities and a bedroom for those who need a rest.