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Dot was cared for at home all the time but towards the end, it was necessary for me to have surgery.
I would have been happy to postpone it but someone suggested to let the agencies
see if there was a respite place that would match the quality of life
she'd had during the last year on her adventures.

I was surprised to learn of 'Araluen' operated by Centacare and when I went through the house,
I was more than happy that Dot would be well cared for there if I went in for surgery.

The fact that it was a stylish home like all the others in the street and the interior was the same as an ordinary house meant that it had a very homely feel. Because there were only a few people cared for at
any one time, I knew she would receive quality care.

All the paperwork for her short stay there while I was recouperated was in place ..
but she deteriorated a few days before she was due to go to Araluen and remained at hospital.

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Centacare's ~ Brisbane North Network
offering carers refreshing respite options

Carer Support: Margaret and Paul O’Hare
Carer Support: Margaret and Paul O’Hare

** Two residences that are part of Centacare’s Brisbane North Network are offering carers of ageing loved ones flexible and creative respite options.

** The homely environments of Araluen Place in McDowall and Pechey Place in Carseldine
give carers a short break from their rewarding but often challenging role
enabling them to continue refreshed.

** Araluen Place, managed by Centacare Enoggera Respite Centre (C-ERC),
offers short, long and emergency respite options.

** C-ERC service manager Ann Donaghy stresses the uniqueness of Araluen Place
which she says is about meeting the needs of the individual and listening to the needs of the carers.

** The person visiting is offered a professional 24-hour standard of care and accommodation
with every comfort provided including a daily newspaper, personal activities program,
participation in community activities and a familiar daily routine.

**Recreational programs and outings are prepared from guests’ interests
and all meals are prepared and cooked in the home from a menu of choice.

** Araluen’s multicultural dedicated team of staff are fully trained in dementia care and available 24 hours.

**The five-bedroom residence is dementia secure and can accommodate four guests
and one emergency guest.

** “It’s one-to-one care and there’s always something visual and interesting happening around our guests,”
Ms Donaghy says.

** Margaret O’Hare, who has been caring for husband Paul, 77, for the past four years,
says she found Araluen Place to be “a real carer’s delight”.

** Paul, who has dementia, had previously been to respite in aged care homes
but Margaret was reluctant to repeat that option for a 10-day break she needed to take.

** “He was very unhappy there ... he said everyone was very old and there was nothing to do.

** “I do need to get a break sometimes, and so I was delighted to hear about Araluen Place.

** “Every person we came across there was beautiful and caring and couldn’t do enough for Paul.

** “The break made me feel so much better.”

** Currently Araluen Place receives no designated government funding
but is supported by the Commonwealth Respite and Carers Centre (Freecall 1800 052 222)
and Centacare’s National Respite for Carers Program.

** “We are grateful for this support because we see the difference it makes to the lives of individuals and their carers,” Ms Donaghy says.

** “No one is turned away and the service is tailored around the individual.”

** Managed by Aspley Respite Centre, Pechey Place is the “little gem” of all those involved in its establishment.

** The four-bedroom residence has been operating for five years and like Araluen Place excels in providing carers of older people and people living with dementia with a much needed break.

** Aspley Respite Centre service manager Elizabeth Steer says Pechey Place has made a difference to many carers by enabling them to take a holiday, attend a special function, have medical treatment
or be a safe place for their loved one when an emergency situation arises.

** “The moment their loved one enters the house they become our guest,” Ms Steer says.

** “Staff are present 24 hours a day providing support, care, great food and social activities
to ensure individual needs are met.

** “There’s a wonderful spirit in the house and this is evident by the many positive comments we receive from carers and guests.”

** Pechey Place can accommodate three guests and a fourth in an emergency for stays
from one night to two weeks and is funded by the Australian Government of Health and Ageing
in partnership with Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre Brisbane North.

** For more information on Araluen Place ph Centacare Enoggera Respite Centre on (07) 3354 0999.

** For more information on Pechey Place ph Centacare Aspley Respite Centre on (07) 3263 3129.

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