Respite Services

What is a Respite Centre?

“Respite” means an interval or to have a break. Respite care is designed to give to those who have the responsibility of providing full time care to loved ones, short term relief or “respite” form their caring roles. We do this by taking your loved ones into our care for an greed period of time.

Programs and activities at the Respite Centre are designed wherever possible, to meet the expressed wishes and identified needs to individual respite members. Emphasis is placed not on an individual’s disabilities, but rather on his/her abilities. It is an active (where you do things) rather than a passive (where others do it all for you) program.

An emergency bed is available for clients who are feeling unwell or need a short rest.

You will receive a Respite program for each month with the menu that will be served in the respite centre. If you cannot eat these meals, you will need to bring your own meal. At times when we go on an outing, you may be asked to buy your own lunch. We will give prior notice and approximates on meals cost.
Burringilly has philosophy of maintaining the maximum level of independence of its clients. Where improvements of independence can be made, we will teach, encourage and motivate clients to achieve these goals which will assist them to be more independent.


A complete assessment of your needs in regards to Respite will be conducted by the Branch Manager, taking into account the relatives, friends and other resources available to you. Specific days of attendance will be agreed by you and the Branch Manager. Please tell us if you have any special needs. Every year we do ask for Doctor letters stating you medical condition and of any changes to your medication.

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What sort of activities do we organise?

Our primary concern is to enhance the quality of life for our members during the period of time in our care. We do this by providing an informal opportunity for social contact where clients share experiences and support each other.

A selection of activities that we have are listed below:

  • Mental stimulation: Group discussion of topics of common interest,
  • Memory-enhancing activities
  • Grooming: Podiatry
  • Outings: BBW in park, day trips, shopping, movies
  • Special events: Birthdays, anniversaries, National Day (N.A.I.D.O.C)
  • Music, sing-a-longs, dancing

Hours of Operation

The centre is open five days a week. Approximate hours are as follows:

If you have your own transport to the centre, it is open from 10:30qam to 2:30pm.

If you require transport in the bus:
Pick up from home: Between 8:30am and 10:15am
Return to home: Between 2:30pm and 4:15pm

It may be necessary to alter these times occasionally, in which case, you will be notified. You must be ready for the bus, as we can only wait for 5 minutes at your residence, and we can not come back.

What will it cost me?

There is an attendance fee of $10 per day and this fee is reviewed regularly. The fee included morning tea, lunch and transport to and from home in the Brisbane South/Bayside & Logan areas and most activities conducted at the centre.

Some activities away from the centre, such as bus trips, concerts, movies etc may involve extra cost. Similarly, service such as hairdresser or podiatrist will cost a little extra. You will be informed of these prior to the event and will be given the opportunity to decline if you wish.
Information about personal situations, health or service is held in complete confidence by our staff.


Please call us as soon as possible if the client is unable to attend on any given day or days. An answering machine is on the centre line for after hours calls.