No aged care respite available ‘unless someone dies’

The aged care royal commission is examining the challenges faced by unpaid and informal carers, as well as the difficulties in accessing short-term respite.

As Dot Holt tried to organise short-term respite for her mother in an aged care facility in regional Victoria, she was told: “unless somebody dies you won’t get any”.

  • SBS News

Ms Holt spent 12 years as her elderly mother Dorothy’s full-time carer while working five-night shifts a fortnight as a nurse at a Mildura residential aged care facility during most of that period.

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