Respite for family carers is vital

Loved ones are cared for and cared about at a McKenzie home. (Supplied)

Caring for a family member comes with many rewards. Equally, it can come with some challenges, which have most recently been highlighted throughout this pandemic, says Casey Hutchison from McKenzie Aged Care.

“At McKenzie, we’re family-owned and we understand that family members who are unpaid carers may feel like no one else can do what they do,” she says.

“As well, they can put the needs of the person they care for before their own – and they often feel guilty taking a break from their caring role.”

However, Casey continues, McKenzie understands it’s vitally important for carers to look after themselves too.

“Which is why, as a carer, you can feel assured that while you take some time for yourself, your loved one will be well cared for by our professional and experienced staff in short-term respite.

“Know that while at McKenzie, we will care for your loved one as only a family could.

“When you choose a McKenzie home, you choose to keep your loved one safe, healthy, and in a secure environment, where they are cared for and cared about.

“We will work with you to develop an individualised care plan that incorporates your loved one’s current routine and what they may want from the care they receive.”

Luis shares what he discovered about his father’s stay with McKenzie Respite.

“My dad was very happy with the attention to detail from everyone, especially the nurses. He was very happy with the activities organised,” Luis says.

As Luis discovered, the McKenzie staff take the time to get to know who the residents are and what they enjoy. They ensure everyone is given the best experience possible during their stay.

Respite can be organised for planned holidays, while recuperating from an illness or hospital stay, or for when carers just need some time to rest and rejuvenate.

If you’re a carer who needs a break, speak to a dedicated team member to discuss how you or a loved one can be supported.

Call McKenzie Aged Care on 1300 899 222, or visit