Respite Care Townsville

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Get respite care for your parents or loved ones

Emergency Respite | Residential Respite

Book emergency respite now with St Vincent's

If you're in urgent need of respite care for your parents or loved ones, St Vincent's can help.

Get in touch with us now and we can help you find the services and support you need right now whether that's in your home or one of ours.

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Residential Respite Townsville

About Residential Respite | Our Locations

Take a break and use our home away from home.

Going on holiday and need to make plans? Have an emergency and need someone to take care of your loved one? 

Whatever your circumstances as a carer, St Vincent’s can help by supporting your loved one in one of our aged care homes.

  • 24/7 care from registered nurses
  • Daily leisure and lifestyle activities
  • A support team made up of our clinical team, facility manager, lifestyle coordinators and more!
  • Spiritual and emotional support (where needed) from our pastoral care team
  • GP visits as required
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What to look forward to during a respite stay

People love respite at St Vincent’s because their experience is tailored to them. There’s so much on offer, that it’s rare that we can’t find something that suits them. 

Some examples of activities during a Residential Respite stay include:

Art classes

Concerts and sing-a-longs

Cooking classes

Hair and pamper care

Movie viewings

Pet visits

Walking groups and gardens

Full activities calendar

Community and activity rooms

Outdoor barbecues

Libraries and private reading rooms

St Vincent's Residential Respite Locations



State of the art aged care has come to Douglas. Opened in 2019, St Vincent's Care Douglas offers a prime, central location with stunning views and premium amenities built to maintain independence and connect residents to an active lifestyle.

Take in the breathtaking sunset views sitting out with friends and family on Douglas’ rooftop terrace, get out into the community on a regular resident bus trip and make it home in time for happy hour with friends.

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How to book respite care at St Vincent's

Step 1

See which of our respite services works best for you

Step 2

Call or send us an enquiry form here

Step 3

We'll chat through your options and book in your break

Step 4

Take the time to holiday, recover or have some time for yourself!

Frequently Asked Questions

You can access respite care in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Undertake an ACAT assessment -- You can organise an ACAT assessment through My Aged Care.

Step 2: Talk to our team -- Organise a tour of your local facility and confirm the dates of your stay.

Step 3: Enjoy your stay -- Feel safe, well looked after and enjoy your time away!

Get started with respite today. Call our team on 1800 778 767 for guidance on getting your ACAT assessment or organising a tour of a St Vincent’s home.

You can access respite care for a few hours, a few days or even longer. It all depends on your needs, your eligibility and what services are available in your area.

Your respite care can be planned in advance - such as when a carer has a planned trip or appointment to attend - or available in emergencies - such as when a carer has an unplanned hospital stay.

Residential respite (or Nursing Home Respite) is available for up to 63 days of subsidised care in a financial year. This includes both planned and emergency residential respite care.

If you need emergency respite care, contact St Vincent’s Care Services on 1800 778 767.

Situations when emergency respite care may be required:

  • Death of a primary carer
  • Major illness of a primary carer
  • An urgent situation that makes it difficult for your primary carer to look after you

You may need to provide some information when you call so that our team can ensure the right type of care is provided.

During your stay you will be entitled to and receive the same care and support services as our permanent residents. You will receive a room and hotel-type services such as meals, social activities, and laundry, as well as services to meet your personal and care needs.

Based on your ACAT assessment you will be approved for either low or high level care which will determine the level of respite care subsidy your care provider receives.

You can typically access up to 63 days of subsidised respite care each financial year, including both planned and emergency residential respite care.

It is possible to extend respite care by 21 days at a time with further approval from your aged care assessor. This will be based on your care needs, carer stress or the absence of your carer.

You may be eligible for respite care if you are an older person who has a carer to help with your day-to-day care needs.

You will need to undertake a face-to-face assessment to determine your eligibility. The criteria is the same for permanent residential aged care. You can access residential respite care in addition to receiving support from the Commonwealth Home Support Programme or a Home Care Package however you cannot access residential respite care if you are already permanently living in an aged care home.

Learn more about costs of home care

The cost of respite depends on the level of care you require. You may also be asked to contribute to the cost of your respite care and services.

To get a better idea of the specific costs of respite care, call us on 1800 778 767.

Get in touch with our team

General enquiries phone number 

1800 778 767

General enquiries contact form