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Respite Care

Taking care of an elderly person can often be physically and emotionally demanding. Our respite centre offers short term care as a break for both the carer and the person being cared for. Our residents enjoy a change of scenery in a restorative environment while the carer can take a break or attend to other commitments.



How can I get respite care?

Access to respite care is based on availability and the level of care required.

If you think you need respite care, you can talk to the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 during business hours or, for emergency respite support outside standard business hours, free call 1800 059 059.

Respite care with The Salvation Army Aged Care

If you would like to book respite services with one of our Aged Care Centres nationwide, or with our dedicated Respite Centre in Canberra, call us on 1300 111 227 or email

Fees and Charges

Dedicated Respite Care at Burrangiri Aged Care Respite Centre

Burrangiri is our dedicated Respite Care Centre in the ACT. We offer a structured day respite program (09:00am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday) in addition to overnight respite accommodation for the aged. Generally, respite accommodation is short term in nature, and can be provided for a day, or for periods of up to 3 weeks.

Burrangiri is an ACT Health site operated by The Salvation Army Aged Care.   As a result, it has a different pricing structure to that offered in other Commonwealth aged care facilities.

Fees and charges for Burrangiri

Day Care Rate: $52.25 per day (inclusive of the tailored activities program, refreshments and meals).  Additional charges for personal care, laundry, additional meals, casual attendance and transport are applied as required.

Residential Respite Rate (overnight accommodation): Up to $123.95/ night, determined on a sliding scale according to income. The daily fees are calculated using Commonwealth Guidelines and adjusted accordingly with CPI.

A discount is available to a full or part pensioner on the provision of either a recent Centrelink Income Statement or Tax Return documentation.

Fees range as follows
  • Single status person - $52.75 to a maximum of $123.95/night pp
  • Individual person (of a couple, that is married/partnered/de facto) - $52.75 to a maximum of $104.45/night pp

Additional fees are charged on a user pay basis for clinical and pharmacy supplies, laundry, visitor meals, etc.

Note:  *Payment can be made through self-funding, or through existing Government subsidised Home Care, DVA and NDIS package with prior approval from the fund.

** An ACAT assessment is not required for you to access our Respite care, however we can assist with arranging this on-site if you would like this service.


General Respite Care Fees and charges

All residents can be asked to pay fees and charges as a contribution towards their accommodation, living expenses and care. If you cannot afford the fees and charges there are protections in place which ensure you will still have equal access to respite care.

For residents entering under a respite agreement there are only two types of fees and charges payable:

  • Daily care fee
  • Extra service fee (when applicable)
Basic daily care fee

All residents in aged care, including respite residents, can be asked to pay a basic daily care fee as a contribution towards their day-to-day living costs such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling.

The maximum basic daily care fee for most permanent residents is 85% of the single age pension.  This is also the maximum fee for all respite residents, excluding those receiving respite care on an extra service basis.

Daily care fees are reviewed by the Department of Social Services twice yearly, in March and September.

The basic daily care fee is payable monthly in advance.

Extra services

Applies to residents occupying an extra service place (both permanent and respite) for the provision of a significantly higher standard of accommodation, services and food.

Extra service places are available at our Elizabeth Jenkins Place Aged Care Plus Centre at Collaroy, NSW and The Cairns Aged Care Plus Centre at Chapel Hill, QLD. Extra service fees and inclusions will be discussed on application.

Note: *Payment can be made through self-funding, or through Government subsidy.
** ACAT assessment is required.
***If subsidised through the Government, this counts towards the 63-day Commonwealth residential respite allocation for the year.

Fees and Charges are determined by the Department of Social Service and are subject to change.  For current fees and charges please refer to the Department of Social Services Schedule of Resident Fees and Charges.

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