Respite care at Amana Living
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Pausing to remember
self-care this Easter

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Stephanie Buckland Chief Executive Officer, Amana Living

Easter is a time of reflection and the celebration of new beginnings. It promises hope and renewal. As we gather in prayer over the holy week, let us take a moment to remember that rebirth is important for us all.

This message is particularly relevant for the thousands of Western Australians who care for loved ones. Carers often find themselves giving tirelessly to others but they can only give their best when they take time to replenish their own energy and spirit.

Respite care offers carers the opportunity to recharge and reconnect with themselves so they can return to caregiving with renewed strength and clarity. It also provides a break for the person being cared for, offering a fresh setting and an opportunity to socialise with others.

Yet, a lack of available respite beds for older people has seen the system let down the carers in our community. These unpaid individuals save the health and aged care systems millions of dollars, however accessing respite can be challenging. As a result, carers continue diligently with their responsibilities, leading to significant strain on their physical and mental health.

This is why we’ve recently opened a residential respite care centre in Mosman Park dedicated to the needs of older people and their carers. We provide 24/7 care, nutritious meals and fun and engaging daily activities, tailored to each client’s unique needs, abilities and preferences. Clients have plenty of opportunities to socialise, relax and recharge in well-maintained communal and outdoor areas.

Families can rest assured that their loved ones will receive high quality care and attention during their stay, thanks to our experience and understanding in caring for older people. Our nurses also work closely with General Practitioners to meet the medical needs of all clients during their stay.

Residential respite stays can be between two weeks to nine weeks and can be booked up to six months in advance. Australians aged over 65 (over 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) who need assistance with everyday living may also be eligible for subsidised respite care.

This Easter let’s remember that self-care is not selfish but essential for our wellbeing and the quality of care we provide to others. If you or someone you know provides informal care to an older family member or friend and needs support, reach out to our team via or call 1300 26 26 26.

May peace be with you this Easter.

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