Government funding of carer respite is a major focus and recommendation of the Royal Commission.
It speaks of ‘cottage-like’ accommodation in a community setting, specifically identifying the ageing partner in a couple who desperately needs a break from the tasks of caring. Funding support may be available through the Community Home Support Program (CHSP), through cottage respite programs in addition to offering private respite support options.
At the LEADERS SUMMIT, Tammy Berghofer from MinterEllison identified that village operators will have the opportunity to offer older vacant village homes as a solution for this short-term carer market. This creates a new revenue stream for village operators.
Importantly, it also acts as a ‘try before you buy’ funnel for new customers into the village.
One of the country’s largest and most successful villages, the Village Glen on the Mornington Peninsula, has been trialling Tess’s Lodge for approaching 12 months, offering overnight and day respite for carers.
Positioned as ‘the carer’s day off’, it is building a following.
General Manager Peter Nilsson tells us they are utilising a three bedroom/two bathroom house that backs on to the village that has historically been used by their 24/7 village nursing staff as accommodation.
They are now looking at the model to expand into more permanent carer support, utilising existing village stock.
This is just one of the examples that Tammy Berghofer and Penelope Eden from MinterEllison outlined at the SUMMIT that the Royal Commission recommendations opens up for the village sector for new revenue streams.
Keep an eye out for their full LEADERS SUMMIT presentation by Tammy Berghofer and Penelope Eden from MinterEllison in coming issues of SATURDAY, arriving in your inbox every second Saturday morning at 6am.