Among the many services Havilah offers is respite care. Respite care is a short-stay program whereby carers may apply for up to 63 days accommodation. This accommodation is paid for by the carer, although veterans may apply for 28-days paid accommodation.
Included in the respite care is 24-hour access to a registered nurse; personal assistance; hair dressing facilities; access to podiatry nursing, occupational therapy and access to physiotherapy. All meals, as well as morning and afternoon tea are provided, and dietary needs are catered for.
Aged care assessment is required. Havilah staff can assist with referral to the appropriate health provider.
Havilah encourages carers staying in respite care to join in both internal and external activities, including their monthly dance at Heath House which is well-attended by residents from within all the Havilah sites, and by relatives and friends of residents as well. Havilah celebrates public holidays and other community events. Bus facilities are available to residents for travel to outings. Internal activities include carpet bowls, card games, and a happy hour in Havllah dining rooms.
Executive Assistant Raelene Brooker says Havilah is very sensitive to the needs and the emotions of those choosing to take advantage of the respite care program. She understands that people can be fearful of making a move to care, so a short stay is a good way of determining if respite suits the carer and those in need of care. Havilah will attempt to make the transition to care as easy as possible. Ms Brooker says most respite residents enjoy the social aspects of their stay, some so much they wish to extend their time.
The respite care program at Havilah is catered to provide a service to those in need, and attention is provided according to availability and prior arrangement, as the care is often fully booked. Those wishing to take advantage of the service are advised to contact Havilah as soon as they think they may need a position.
Ms Brooker says that, as our aged population increases, many family members are finding they need to look after elderly relatives, and the respite care service can provide those carers with a break, as well as an introduction to social activities around Havilah. Those staying may find it provides an idea of life full-time at Havilah, or simply that much-needed space for recuperation and time to themselves.