When to use respite care for your loved one

Respite care in a residential aged care community can be a safe, short-term solution for families or partners caring for an elderly loved one. At Vincent Court, we care for respite guests with low care, high care and memory care needs. Guests can join us for a week or two at a time, or longer if needed.

The Australian Government subsidises the cost of respite care for eligible residents for up to 63 days in a financial year, making this an affordable option for families.

Respite guests receive expert care 24/7, and access the same support, lifestyle program, and meal service as permanent residents.

Here are some of the times when respite care can provide you with the trusted support you and your loved one need:

1. When you need a break from your carer role

Relax and recharge with peace of mind that your loved one will enjoy companionship, fun times and personalised care.

2. Following a hospital stay

Your loved can recuperate and recover with expert 24/7 care and all meals and housekeeping provided.

3. When you’re on holiday

Head away on a holiday knowing your loved one will be looked after with tailored support in a vibrant and welcoming environment.

4. When they need emergency care

Respite is an ideal option if your loved one has had an accident, injury or illness, and they need dedicated, ‘round-the-clock care in a hurry.

5. To trial what living in one of our communities is like

Your loved one can experience what it’s like to live at Vincent Court before considering a more permanent move.

Respite guests enjoy all the support and services that permanent residents access, including:

  • 24/7 tailored care from our dedicated team of Carers and on-site Nurses
  • A private, light-filled suite with plenty of space for personal belongings
  • A full, country-style meal service (including morning and afternoon tea), plus all-day access to snacks and drinks. Respite guests can choose when and where they enjoy their meals.
  • Daily housekeeping, laundry and room service
  • Access to our full activity schedule, indoor and outdoor shared spaces and on-site hairdressing salon
  • Pastoral support and on-site Church services

To find out more about respite care, download our Respite Guide, or contact our friendly admissions team by calling (02) 6562 6062 or emailing info@vincentcourt.org.au

Supporting residents to live their way with grace and dignity  

You can enjoy peace of mind knowing your loved one will be expertly looked after and supported in our welcoming community that has been designed to feel like home.  

Vincent Court is divided into seven households to offer a more personal and home-like living experience. Each household shares a kitchenette, lounge and dining room. Each resident enjoys the privacy of their own suite complete with ensuite. There’s plenty of room for treasured and familiar belongings, and family and friends are encouraged to visit.  

Our flexible approach to home-made meals means residents can choose when and where they eat, and our beautiful outdoor courtyards offer the simple pleasures of a backyard, with chooks, veggie patches and flower beds. There are also many shared spaces where residents can come together to share a meal or a chat, as well as enjoying sitting outside in our gardens.  

We focus on helping residents feel welcome, cared for and comfortable by understanding their specific needs and developing a personalised care and support plan.  

Daily care and lifestyle support  

  • Nursing care – a registered nurse is on-site 24 hours a day.  
  • Assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, showering, dressing and mobility along with medication.  
  • Freshly made, dietician-approved meals (including morning and afternoon tea), as well as all-day access to fruit, sandwiches and snacks. Dietary requirements and cultural needs are catered for.  
  • A range of activities and outings that provide companionship and connection to the community. Residents can choose to be as involved as they like.  
  • Daily housekeeping, laundry and room service.  

Specialist care  

  • Dementia Care: Residents with dementia live in our standard aged care suites and those needing emotional care live in our secure memory support unit. Care is person centred and delivered with respect and kindness.  
  • High Care: Vincent Court delivers high care, supported by a registered nurse on-site 24 hours a day. This includes palliative care and recovery from injury or illness.  

On-site facilities   

  • A large activities room, complete with a kitchen, piano and billiards table.  
  • A hairdressing salon, coffee shop and men’s workshop.  
  • Close ties to the Macleay Valley Catholic Parish. Regular services are held in our on-site chapel and private pastoral visits are available. 

Our Admissions Team is here to help and support you through this journey. Please call us with any questions.  

For more information, download our Aged Care Guide 

Specialised support for Kempsey locals living with dementia

Vincent Court is offers specialist dementia care in their secure household, supporting aged care residents with advanced memory support needs.

Residential Service Manager, Kylie Bonney, says this specialised care is an important service for the local community.

“The number of older Australians living with dementia is continuing to rise. This means more families are being challenged by the demands of caring for their loved one affected by dementia,” said Kylie.

“At Vincent Court, our staff are specially trained to offer expert, around-the-clock support for residents with moderate to severe memory loss.

“Our Nurses, Carers and Lifestyle teams are equipped with the experience and tools to help these residents remain comfortable, active and enjoying life as much as possible.”

The secure dementia household includes an outdoor courtyard with raised garden beds, chickens, a sensory garden and fruit trees.

Lifestyle Officer, Michelle Douglas, says that careful consideration goes into developing a lifestyle program specifically for dementia residents.

“Residents with dementia often find that sensory experiences involving hearing, smell and touch are calming and enjoyable. We offer many music therapy and cooking activities, art therapy and a range of outdoor activities utilising our outdoor spaces and courtyards,” said Michelle.

Vincent Court’s dementia household comprises private rooms with private ensuites. Residents are welcomed on a permanent or short-term respite basis.

The community also cares for residents living with dementia who have lower-care memory support needs.

Vincent Court is part of the Apollo Care Alliance, an innovative national aged care provider preserving the unique purpose of regional not-for-profit providers that play a valuable role in their local community. Learn more about Vincent Court at vincentcourt.org.au or by calling the Admissions Team on (02) 6562 6062