The Flexible Respite for Carers program offers in home respite care to carers of frail, older Italians, including those living with dementia. Services are tailored to meet individual needs and can be provided in a person’s home, at a centre or accessed via other community activities. The program provides carers with the opportunity to pursue personal interests or simply have a break from their care giving role – increasing their capacity to continue caring for their loved ones for as long as possible.
Additionally, CO.AS.IT. Care Coordinators give much needed support to carers through the provision of information and referral to other service providers where necessary.
The CO.AS.IT. advantage
CO.AS.IT. provides a culturally specific service geared towards addressing the needs of members of the Italian-Australian community. Our focus is on Italian-specific tradition, culture and way of doing things. The individual care plan is guided by the needs and wishes of the person needing care and, if applicable, their family carers. All care coordinators and community visitors speak Italian and understand the culture.
Enquiries and referrals
All referrals to the Flexible Respite Program require an assessment by the Regional Assessment Service. This can be arranged by contacting MyAgedCare on 1800 200 422 or visit My Aged Care website for a referral code to access the service provided by CO.AS.IT. Once a referral is received, the care coordinator will organise a time to meet with you and together will develop a Care Plan which takes into account your interests, preferences and care needs. For further information on flexible respite care contact the Association on 03 9349 9000 or complete the online enquiry form.