Additional benefits

Besides providing a helping hand, what else can I get out of having support at home?

Most likely, you think of hiring a carer to take care of an individual’s health needs. But Respect care doesn’t stop there. Our carers treat people holistically—mind, body and spirit.

Aside from health and safety needs, care recipients benefit from companionship and one-on-one conversation. Having someone to talk with is so important as we age. We can air our feelings, talk about our likes and dislikes—even share recipes or run off about the latest footy match. In time, a carer becomes an extension of the family.

Here’s a real plus: the routine of having a friendly face show up every day is an absolute feel good. This is an especially important factor in combating depression. Medical issues, losses in life and loneliness are all catalysts for depression in people as they age. A carer not only listens to concerns, but sets up activities that can stimulate the mind and body, which in turn elevates mood. In short, a busy day is a purpose-filled day!

Not surprisingly, the relationship between a carer and the person who is being looked after has a significant, positive impact on both. The time they spend with each other may be more than they spend with anyone else. An empathetic ear and sense of humour go a long way in developing trust and camaraderie. It’s a downright win-win.

For people diagnosed with dementia, the psychological benefits of having a carer are quite remarkable. In fact, according to Alz.org, having support for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can improve quality of life. Our Respect carers have learned techniques and activities to keep people in the early stages of memory loss actively engaged.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Safety

How do I know that we are safe with a Respect carer?

Career opportunities

I would like to be a caregiver. Are you hiring?

Process

How can I prepare for my ACAT assessment?

Process

Can someone join me during the assessment?

Fees

Is there a cost involved with the ACAT assessment?

Process

Will an income assessment be done?

Support

We can't wait for a Home Care Package. What services can Respect assist with immediately?

Funding

What can and can't I use Home Care Package funding for?

Service

How many hours of service am I entitled to?

Fees

Does Respect have an exit fee?

Support

How can I switch to Respect from another provider?

Service

Do Respect Home Care support workers have training and qualifications?

Flexibility

Can I choose my own Home Care support worker?

Service

How can I add or cancel a service?