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Aged Care Versus Respite Care


If you’re the primary caregiver for an elderly parent or loved one, you know how challenging it can be to provide 24/7 care.


Note: As of February 2024, we are not currently accepting respite bookings due to occupancy being at capacity. For any further information pleaes give us a call.

Sometimes it’s necessary to take a break, but finding quality respite care can be difficult. Fortunately, there are other options available. Aged care is a type of all-encompassing care that allows seniors to live in a supportive environment while receiving the necessary assistance with day-to-day tasks. Here we’ll take a closer look at aged care versus respite care and help you decide which option is best for you and your loved one.

Respite care

So, what is respite care? Respite care is a form of short-term or emergency care provided to people who are temporarily unable to live independently due to frailty, disability or illness. Respite care is typically delivered in the person’s home, a residential aged care facility or a hospital. At LDK Seniors’ Living, we provide an amazing respite service to give primary carers the respite they need. Our qualified and passionate staff will take over caring duties for your loved ones and ensure that they’re well-looked after for the period that you require.

Respite care is important for primary caregivers because it allows them to take a break from their responsibilities. Caregivers often find themselves feeling overwhelmed and stressed, so respite care can help them rejuvenate and relax. Additionally, respite care can help caregivers maintain their own mental and physical health, which is essential for providing quality care. No matter what form it takes, respite care is an essential service for a caregiver.

There’s no reason to be afraid or ashamed to ask for help if you’re a caregiver. There are many resources available to you, and respite care can make all the difference in your ability to provide quality care for your loved one in the future.

Benefits of respite care

Residential respite care is when the person receiving respite care stays in a residential aged care facility for a short period.

The best form of respite care will ensure that you and your loved ones are given the respect you deserve. For added convenience, you should look for a supported living centre that conducts its own care assessment prior to your loved one’s respite care stay — meaning there’ll be no ACAT assessment required. At LDK, we ensure that our staff perform in-depth assessments to offer you the flexibility you need in our privately funded care offering that has no hidden fees — the minimum stay is two weeks, and the maximum is six weeks for respite care.

Aged care

So, what is aged care? Aged care as a broad concept is more of a long-term, supportive accommodation for people who can no longer live independently at home. Compared to private respite services, aged care is a blanket term. The seniors’ living offering at LDK — The Landings or Aspire Aged Care at Greenway Views — act as a genuine alternative to a nursing home, focusing on providing daily care that is specific to the individual. Ultimately, the difference is one of preference, circumstance and time. If your loved one needs short-term respite care, then respite care is the option that you should consider. For long-term care, an aged care solution is the way to go.

LDK — helping seniors live their best lives

If you’ve been wondering what respite care is in aged care, we hope your questions have been answered. If you’re looking for short-term or long-term aged care to help out a loved one or to take some time for yourself, LDK Seniors’ Living is a great option. Our team can help you find the right care for your needs and connect you with the resources you need to make the transition as smooth as possible. Have questions about aged care or short-term respite care? Get in touch with us — we’d be happy to help.