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Respite Services

Clifton Respite Cottage (CRC) and Spectrum Respite Centre Whittlesea (SRCW)

CRC provides centre based respite 5 days per week (SRCW 2 days per week), to frail aged migrants with employed carers or carers wanting to return to the workforce. The service helps the carer to balance their employment with their caring role.

CRC provides respite to four ethnic communities, SRCW to two ethnic communities, from 8:00am to 5:00 pm.

Monday Italian  
Tuesday Vietnamese  
Wednesday Chinese  Filipino
Thursday Italian Chinese
Friday Macedonian  

CRC and SRCW are regarded as home away from home by participants and incorporates bi-lingual staff, culturally appropriate activities, home style ethnic meals prepared on site by cooks and transport to and from home.

Target Group/Eligibility Criteria
The program is targeted towards primary carers of frail CALD elderly 65 years and over, including people with dementia and challenging behaviours, who are experiencing difficulty in maintaining or securing employment because of a lack of suitable respite care options. Assessments are undertaken by the Coordinator.

Catchment area 
Northern Met. Region - Cities of Darebin, Moreland, Whittlesea and Banyule.

Exercise and movement, Sensory Stimulation i.e., Music Therapy, Craftwork, Cooking, Storytelling, Games and entertainment, Outing, Health information sessions.

$13 full day $10 half day.

Referrals can be made by

  • Carers
  • Other family members
  • Doctors
  • Health professionals or Case Managers

Supported by Australian Government.

Contact Clifton Respite Cottage (CRC)
7 Clifton Grove, Preston 
Connie San Jose, CRC Coordinator
Tel. (03) 9480 2877      

National Respite For Carers (NRCP) Program

Supporting carers of older people from migrant backgrounds to care for their relatives in their homes

 The program offers up to 4 hours a week of

  • respite to carers of frail AGED people from migrant and refugee backgrounds;
  • support to people living with dementia and their carers from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

All care recipients and carers are consulted in the development of individual care plans. 
All support workers are bicultural, trained in Certificate IV in Aged Care/Home and Community Care and have a current National Police Check.

Northern Region of Yarra, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Banyule, Whittlesea and Nillumbik 

Want to know/see more? 
Download flyer or request the DVD ‘Like My Own Family’ produced by Spectrum MRC to show the importance and the benefits of language and cultural matching in respite care.

Funding & Costs
The NRCP is supported  by the Australian Government.

Contact for more info
Devinder Sidhu, NRCP Coordinator
Tel. (03) 9496 0244 


Storytelling Workshop

Il Luogo d'Incontro - The Meeting Place

The Meeting Place project is a respite program run by Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre for elderly Italians with dementia. The program began in mid-2012 with two small groups who meet each week to engage in cultural activities and share a meal. 

The program has been successful in helping to reduce social isolation, alleviate depression and improve self-esteem among people living with moderate to high dementia.

Supported by the Australian Unit Foundation and by the Australian Government.