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Respite care

We provide experienced and compassionate care to ensure your loved one is supported and looked after while you take a short break. 

We offer various services to ensure their comfort, wellbeing and enjoyment during a short-term stay with us. These include:

  • Specialised care from our experienced team
  • 24/7 registered nurse
  • Nutritious and healthy meals
  • A range of tailored therapeutic activities and wellbeing programs

Two weeks' free respite care*

It’s a busy time of year, so why not take a short break? We’re offering two weeks’ free respite care at participating aged care centres. 

Your loved one can experience life in an aged care community, join in activities and share meals with new people while being cared for 24/7 by our compassionate and experienced team.

*T&Cs apply.

Quality respite care you can rely on

We’re the aged care providers you can trust. With 50 years’ experience, we know what it takes to provide professional care with a personal touch:

  • IRT offers a wide range of temporary care options giving carers the time to recharge while our compassionate staff provide personalised care for your loved one
  • We can arrange respite care ranging from social and community activities to short stay accommodation in one of our purpose-built aged care centres
  • Whether you need to arrange respite care for a few hours a week or a month-long stay, we offer the right short-term care to suit.

Is respite care right for you?

Extra support

If you’re going away, moving house or have family caregiving duties, you might find you need some temporary care for your loved one while you take a much-needed break or tend to other commitments.

Permanent residential care is also available at IRT if family members or carers are unable to provide the level of ongoing support your loved one needs.

Sudden illness or injury

If your loved one’s health has deteriorated or they’ve been in hospital and they need short-term 24/7 care during this time, respite care can provide the support you both need.

As a caregiver, you may need temporary care if you get sick, injured or need to go to hospital. In these situations, emergency respite care will provide short-term care for your loved one. This is subject to availability and suitability. 

Experience residential care

Moving into a residential aged care centre is a big decision. Short-term care is the perfect opportunity to see what it’s like first-hand without the commitment of a permanent move.

Your loved one can enjoy a change of scenery, participate in activities and see if life at an aged care centre suits them, minus the pressure of moving straight away.

In-home respite care

If you are looking to take a short break, you can access respite care at home (sometimes also known as flexible respite) which provides the same professional, personalised care for your loved one.


Our experienced staff will come and visit for a few hours or take your loved one on a social outing to places they enjoy, like the local café, shops or a nearby park.

Benefits of respite care

Check out our blog The Good Life to learn more about how short-term care can provide clear benefits to both you and your loved one.

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Experience Respite Care at IRT

We ensure you receive the same high quality of care as our permanent residents. You or your loved one will be able to join in on resident social activities, enjoy nutritious meals and our lifestyle programs.

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Change of scenery

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Personalised 24/7 care

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Social activities

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Lifestyle programs

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Meet new people

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Landscaped gardens and courtyards

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Access to a range of onsite facilities

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In-room entertainment

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Specialised Care Model

Our Journey of Care model is a unique and innovative way of delivering residential aged care designed to offer your loved one the right care in the right environment that maximises their wellbeing, safety and quality of life.

Specialised 'Neighbourhoods'

Our residents live in 'neighbourhoods', defined needs-based areas within our aged care centres that cater for residents with similar care needs. This allows us to tailor the environment, staff and activities to ensure your loved one receives specialised care.

Lifestyle activities

Our supportive team develop personalised lifestyle and wellbeing activities for your loved one to enjoy while staying at our aged care centre. We take the time to get to know each resident and integrate these activities into their care plan so they can keep doing the things they love.

Lifestyle activities are based on your loved one's values and interests and are designed to provide opportunities to socialise or enjoy independent activities. These may include gentle chair exercise, card games, bingo or theme days.

Specialised programs

Our specialist programs such as the 'Montessori' program support resident wellbeing and enrich their quality of life with activities that provide a sense of purpose.

Activities are tailored to your loved one's needs and are designed to enhance their enjoyment of life and sense of community.

Learn more about Journey of Care and how this highly specialised model of care can support your loved one while receiving short-term care.

9 benefits of leisure and lifestyle activities in aged care

From improving wellbeing to making new friends, learn about how leisure and lifestyle activities can help support your loved one's overall health and happiness while you receive caregiver support.

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A neighbour when you need that extra peace of mind

As a community-owned residential aged care provider with more than 50 years’ experience, we put people first. While you take a short break, your loved one can enjoy activities, connect with new people and receive compassionate care from our experienced team.

Personalised care 24/7

Our caring staff and registered nurses are there 24/7 to help you manage your health, medication and daily needs. You’ll have compassionate and specialised care at arm’s reach around-the clock.

Feel at home

From modern and comfortable living arrangements to tasty and nutritious meals, your loved one will feel right at home. We also provide a range of services and facilities such as communal gardens and hair salons.

Enjoyable social activities

We provide a range of supportive programs and tailored activities to support your loved one’s well-being and provide opportunities for them to enjoy the things they love doing and meet some new people.

Carers you can trust

All IRT employees are suitably qualified, trained and vetted for their roles. We also invest in regular staff education and training through our industry-leading IRT Academy and national leaders in aged care.

Find an aged care centre with the support you need

We currently offer respite care across a number of our aged care centres throughout NSW, Qld and the ACT.

At IRT, we work hard to support resident wellbeing and independence while encouraging community connections and a healthy and holistic lifestyle.

3 easy steps to respite care:

Get an ACAT assessment

Find out whether your loved one is eligible for government-funded services using My Aged Care.

You can enquire online or call 1800 200 422. You may need a member of ACAT to visit your loved one at home to assess their eligibility.

Talk to our aged care team

Submit an enquiry below, and one of our friendly  team members will call you to discuss you and your loved one’s needs and preferences.

We will then determine availability at your preferred IRT aged care centre.

Confirm your booking

Once a tentative booking is made, you will receive paperwork detailing your loved one’s move-in date and length of stay.

You and your loved one will then meet the Care Manager at your selected aged care centre for a tour. Once the Care Manager approves the booking, we will be in contact with you to confirm arrangements with you and your loved one regarding their stay.

Learn more about the ACAT assessment process in our handy step-by-step guide.

Frequently asked questions

Professional respite care (also called short-term care or relief care) is a form of caregiver support that gives the carer, families and the person being cared for a break for a short period of time. It allows the carer to look after their own mental health, refresh and recharge and enjoy a well deserved break while their loved one continues to receive the support they need.

Respite care can be provided for a few hours, days, weeks or months depending on the needs of the carer and their loved one, eligibility and the type of care required.

There are various respite options available, and respite care can be accessed in the home, wellness centre or an aged care home.

1. Residential respite care

Respite residents live alongside current aged care residents and experience being part of our community. Respite residents will move into a suite at one of our aged care centres, with access to all the benefits and high-quality care that our 50 years’ of experience provides.

Residential respite care is usually planned in advance, for instance if you are planning a trip away, have family caregiving or other commitments scheduled and you need your loved one taken care of.

Permanent residential care is also available at IRT if family members or carers are unable to provide the level of ongoing support your loved one needs.

2. Emergency respite care

Sometimes you might need to access emergency respite care if, for example, you get sick, injured or need to go to hospital. In these situations, emergency respite care will provide short-term care for your loved one.

Emergency respite care admission is subject to availability and suitability.

3. Home respite care

If you are looking to take a short break, you can access respite care at home (sometimes also known as flexible respite) which provides the same professional, personalised care for your loved one.
Our experienced staff will come and visit for a few hours or take your loved one on a social outing to places they enjoy, like the local café, shops or a nearby park.

IRT’s Journey of Care is a model that personalises the care experience for every resident. We recognise that every journey is unique and honour the diversity of each resident’s care needs.

Our specialised model of care ensures residents age in the right place with the right care within our aged care centres.

For example, as part of Journey of Care, we offer needs-based “neighbourhoods” within our aged care centre for residents with similar care needs, such as those living with dementia care or approaching end of life. This allows us to provide the right staff, equipment and programs for these residents. It also allows us to tailor the environment and ultimately provide a much more specialised care experience to best support your loved one.

Respite residents pay a daily fee for each day of their stay, which is capped by the Australian Government at 85% of the single basic Age Pension. Because the stay is temporary, there is no accommodation charge or bond.

There may be additional costs, depending on the provider and aged care centre you choose.

To find out more, fill out the enquiry form below and our friendly team will be happy to help you.

Residential respite care can range from one week, through to a few weeks at a time.

If you are eligible, respite services will be subsidised by the Australian Government for a maximum of 63 days in any financial year. This can be extended by up to 21 days if the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) approves it.

To find out if you are eligible, contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.

If you’d like to enquire about respite care with IRT, simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Respite care admission is subject to availability and suitability.

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