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Residential Respite Care

is available at Mater Christi Aged Care Facility. 

Respite Care is when you become a temporary resident of Mater Christi with access to all the facilities, care and lifestyle programs on a short-term basis.

You can access respite care via contacting us direct on 02 66586133 or use the contact form


Preparing for a visit

Our Care Team

Our qualified clinical and care team take the time to get to know each and every resident  and to understand their medical history.  This way, we can tailor our care to help support our residents in the way they prefer.

Our residents have access to Registered Nurses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; with each room having an easy-to-use nurse call system.

Our Meals

Our Head Chef prepares and cooks a large range of meals from the onsite kitchen to suit the unique dietary requirements of our residents.  A menu sample has been included in this pack for your review. Residents with specific dietary requirements are catered for; with all allergies and intolerances carefully noted by our catering team.   Please let us know that you have special dietary considerations and we will ensure that the Chef is aware of these.

Meals are served in the dining room; or for personal reasons, a resident can request to dine in their room.


Personal requirements for respite care

To ensure that we have all essential information, we request that resident brings with them:

  • Medicare card

  • Pension Card

  • Department of Veterans Affairs card if applicable

  • If the resident is unable to manage money, amounts over $10.00 may usually be left with our Administration Staff. This will be receipted and available to the resident during standard office hours.


Clothing and Laundry

All clothing and personal items must be clearly, but discreetly labelled with the resident’s name with either a laundry marker or personalised sewn on labels. Any additional clothing brought in during the stay is to be recorded and labelled.

We recommend that you bring at least the following:

  • 5 pair of pyjamas or nightwear

  • 10 sets of underwear

  • 5 or more changes of clothes

  • 1 pair of slippers

  • 1 or 2 pairs of street shoes

  • 1 dressing gown

  • Toiletries including nail trimmers (we provide shower gel, shampoo etc)

  • aids or appliances

All of these items will be returned on discharge.

You’ll want your loved one to feel comfortable and look good to help retain their self -esteem, so keep in mind that it is an everyday living environment and it’s better to select functional clothing that will look good for a long time. Select clothes that stretch and have extra space in the arm openings, hips and waist.

All washing will be carried out by the Mater Christi Laundry unless you make other arrangements.

The facility’s laundry temperature requirements for infection control are strict. Accordingly, we recommend polyester and cotton/polyester blend materials as they will hold up the best and look better for longer.

  • No-iron Fabrics are the best choice

  • They will always look crisp no matter how recently they were laundered or how long they’ve been folded in a drawer

There is no additional cost for laundry service. We provide an onsite laundry service with the residents laundry collected by our care staff and taken to the laundry to be washed on a daily basis. Clothing items are then returned the following day by the Laundry staff and delivered personally to the resident’s room.

Lifestyle and Leisure – Activities and Wellness programs

Our role isn’t just to care for people when they are ill, but also to help them stay healthy. To complement our high quality care we also offer a range of special lifestyle and wellness programs designed to enhance each of our residents’ day.

Our activities are designed to stimulate our resident’s physical senses to achieve maximum independence in a safe environment, whilst developing friendships and improving social interaction.  All of our exercise sessions are designed by qualified physiotherapists to meet the individual needs of each resident.

Activities may include

  • Garden walks

  • Gentle exercise classes

  • Ball games

  • Concerts/singalongs

  • Arts and crafts

  • Card and Board games

  • Bingo

  • Bus Outings

  • Shopping

  • Group discussions and reminiscing and newspaper reading

  • Introduction to technology (supported skype sessions with family and friends)

  • Gardening

Keeping in touch with family and friends

We believe it is important for our residents to maintain their personal friendships and contacts as well as make new friends.  Family and friends are always welcome at Mater Christi and have unrestricted visiting hours.  We encourage our residents to stay in touch with loved ones by technology including skype. We have a coffee shop on site that is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Friends, family and residents are able to gather at the Grove Coffee Shop for coffee, cake, sandwiches and meals. A coffee shop menu has been included for your awareness.



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