Aged Care

New respite option offers tailored dementia care and education


Leading dementia care provider Group Homes Australia (GHA) announces its first personalised short-stay dementia respite, Respite Reimagined (R&R). The launch is GHA’s latest initiative to help Australia’s growing dementia community to live well in their own homes for longer.

Unlike other respite programmes, GHA’s R&R offers a personalised dementia care plan – regardless of stay length – and a complementary Demystifying Dementia half-day educational session for families and Support Partners.   

With the festive season and summer holidays just days away, this short-term, flexible option will be a lifeline for many Support Partners caring for a loved one living with dementia.  

The initiative is aimed to support Australia’s growing dementia community live well in their own homes for longer. R&R offers their Support Partners the chance to pause, reset, and discover skills while their loved one benefits from specialist dementia care from as little as 1 to 21 days.  

R&R is one of Australia’s most flexible respite options. The person living with dementia (PLWD) can stay from as little as 1 day to 21 days; providing the PLWD and Support Partner with specialist dementia care tailored to their individual needs.  

GHA Founder and Executive Director Tamar Krebs said, “R&R is a new way for people living with dementia and their Support Partners to pause, reset, and discover skills and tools to stay at home as long as possible. For Support Partners, they can set aside time to rest, revitalise and look after their own wellbeing.” 

Group Homes Australia believes that education underpins a dementia-friendly society.

“The Demystifying Dementia session will equip Support Partners with tools to help their loved one live well with dementia. We believe in upskilling the family, social networks and people living with dementia and by doing this we can make Australian society more inclusive,” Krebs said.

Related: Maintaining social connections for our elders living with dementia

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Ritchelle is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel, Australia’s premier resource of information for healthcare.

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