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Alzheimer's respite care

High quality respite care services for residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease damages the brain, impairing memory, cognitive processes, and behaviour. Those living with Alzheimer's require attentive, supportive care in a safe environment.

At MACG, we have created homes across 8 different locations. Our respite care services, and interactive day programs, promote a sense of community within our homes, and embody our core value — home is where the heart is.

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Short term care for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease

At MACG, our support workers are highly experienced in caring for people living with Alzheimer's disease. We tailor our short term respite programs to each individual, so we can give the best care possible.

Every one of our homes across Victoria features a range of bedrooms and facilities to choose from. We provide dietitian-approved meals and onsite lifestyle programs for all our residents living with Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's respite care services

  • High quality care from a qualified and experienced team
  • Lifestyle programs
  • Dietitian-approved meals
  • Residential short term and long term respite care
  • Respite day program activities

Homes built on the value 'home is where the heart is'

Person-centred care from qualified and experienced professionals

Engaging and fulfilling lifestyle programs

Warm, community atmospheres in homes featuring fewer bed numbers

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What's life like in MACG homes?

We provide the homes, but our residents and staff are the heart and soul of our communities. Every resident has an opportunity to contribute to the way our homes are run, and suggest activities for our lifestyle and volunteering programs. Residents also have the ability to choose their menu and living environment.

Warm and vibrant homes

We understand the importance of creating comfortable homes for our residential communities. Even if a resident is only staying for a short time, we want everyone to feel at home. We encourage our residents to bring objects from home to add a sense of familiarity to their rooms.

  • Qualified staff on duty 24-hours a day
  • Laundry and hotel services
  • Long-term residential care
  • Palliative care
  • Specialised care services to suit everybody
  • Allied health services at additional cost
  • Dietitian-certified meals that taste great and are cooked on site

A fulfilled lifestyle

We've created lifestyle programs filled with a variety of activities, to cater to different needs and mobility limitations. Residents living with Alzheimer's can access specialised memory and reminiscence programs, as well as sensory activities to provide a sense of wellbeing.

  • Meditation and relaxation
  • Memory and reminiscence programs
  • Sensory programs
  • Social, emotional, and pastoral support
  • Mobility and wellness
  • Seated Tai Chi
  • Movement to music
  • Walking groups
  • Physiotherapy exercise classes
  • Pet and animal visits

Making connections with the community

While we support a few charities across all our locations, each of our residential communities has chosen to help out local organisations close to their hearts. Alongside our staff, they volunteer by sorting items at op shops or making crafts to sell for fundraising.

  • All our homes raise funds for multiple charities including Beyond Blue and Cancer Council Australia
  • Each home supports a local charity aligned with the residential community's values
  • Residents can participate, either on their own or as a group, in cooking or crafting to raise funds

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Our homes across Victoria

We have MACG homes in 8 different locations across Melbourne and Victoria. Within each home, you'll find a warm and welcoming community.

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Frequently asked questions

Why is respite care important for carers of those living with Alzheimer's disease?

Caring for another person (whether full time or casually) can take a toll on a person's energy levels and mental wellbeing. All carers need a break, at some point, to recharge, travel, or take care of their own medical needs.

Scheduling breaks by registering a loved one living with Alzheimer's for respite care releases the pressure which can build when you're taking care of your own life and another person's life. It can be the difference between maintaining a positive and healthy relationship, and burn-out.

What do I need to pack for my loved one entering Alzheimer's short term respite care?

When residents stay with us for a short time, we recommend bringing:

  • Enough clothes, marked with the name of the resident — if you are unsure about this process, you can discuss it with our friendly care team
  • Any prescription medicine
  • Contact numbers of friends and family
  • Specific equipment such as a walking stick or walker (if used)
  • Toiletries
  • Dietary requirements

We'll supply linen and bedding, but sometimes residents do like to bring their own.

Which health services are available for Alzheimer's respite care?

We are partnered with allied health professionals. From remedial massage and occupational therapy to dentistry and optometry, you can access these services from within our home. You will need to pay for them out of pocket, however.

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