Centre Based Respite


The primary goal of the Centre Based Respite Program is to help a relative, neighbour or any other carer to cope with stress and emotional burnout providing a short break of 5-6 hours once a week, as well as filling the senior clients communication deficiency.

The Centre Based Respite Program gives carers a break to take care of their own health and wellbeing, with the comfort of knowing RERC is supporting their dependents. During the program, senior citizens over the age of 65 years old will be able to feel inspired with life again, enjoy their surroundings with people with the same interests and feel young once again.

Service description

Day respite often runs from 10am to 3pm and may include free taxi vouchers to and from the centre.

The nature and type of activities depends on their interest and capability.

Activities we provide

  • Gentle exercise
  • Breathing techniques
  • Singing
  • Playing small percussion instruments
  • Dancing
  • Craft
  • Cooking
  • Outings
  • Guest speakers
  • Trivia
  • Games and technology training

How do I get this support?

To be eligible for this program you must be aged 65 and over, speak Russian and have a carer (the service is valid for non-Australian citizens and non-residents) .

A career may be a friend, neighbour, extended family member, spouse, sibling, child or parent.

To receive government-funded service you will need to have a referral from My Aged Care.

Press here to find out more about the Commonwealth Home Support Program, eligibility and how to get a referral from My Aged Care.

After you have been assessed by My Aged Care and have chosen Russian Ethnic Council of Victoria (RERC/Russian Aged Care) as your provider our  Russian-speaking Client Services Coordinator will be in touch to arrange a home visit. During this home visit, you can tell us what help around the house you need, and your preferences on time and career.

How much does it cost?

If you are eligible for the  Commonwealth Home Support Program, most of the cost will be covered by the government. However, you will be asked to make a small weekly fee. Our client manager will discuss the cost of the service with you during an initial consultation.

Our contacts

We’re here to help and we speak your language!

Please, call us: 0482 170 903 or send email: respitecasual@rerc.org.au

Get in touch with us today to find out more about this program.






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