Respite Programs

The Estia Foundation has two respite facilities. One located in Gladesville named St Andrews House, servicing the Metropolitan North region of Sydney and the other located in Roselands, Elpida House servicing the South.

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St Andrews House (Gladesville) Elpida House (Roselands)

The respite programs are an important service for both clients and their families as they provide a safe and friendly environment for the service users.

Respite means a welcome break for families, as it gives them a chance to have some space and time out, while knowing that their loved one is being properly cared for by trained staff. For the service users themselves, it means a holiday where their individual needs can be met in a supported accommodation setting and where the number one priority is for them to be happy and enjoy themselves.

The respite service provides 24 hour a day care for the people receiving support; this includes all aspects of their daily personal care requirements, meal preparation, assistance managing their medication, supervision and assistance when on outings.

Each respite facility houses six including a crisis bed. Service users can access the service for a minimum stay of three days or a maximum of five weeks per year.

Individuals wishing to use Estia's respite program should contact us in order to arrange an assessment. Assessments are carried out at Estia's offices and usually take approximately 45 minutes. Potential service users of respite care must be over 18 years for St Andrews House in Gladesville and over 16 years of age for Elpida House in Roselands. Service users also need to be specifically diagnosed with an intellectual and/or physical disability in order to access our services.

Both Estia's respite facilities in Gladesville and Roselands have essential equipment to provide the most comfortable and safe surrounds for clients. Pelican belts and lifting devices to assist staff in manual handling are accessible in all houses and all vehicles. As an example, the homes have advanced hydrotherapy bath tubs for use while in respite care.


Hydrotherapy Bath Tub

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