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Supported holiday programs

Dec. 23, 2015

If the idea of a getaway appeals to you but is a little daunting, you may want to consider a supported holiday program.

It may be refreshing and a good source of support for you to get away with others who understand your situation. We’re aware of a few programs within Victoria, which all have different methods of operation.

The Kingston Centre Movement Disorders Outpatient Clinic (Monash Health) in Cheltenham offers a Holiday Program as part of its service. It’s funded through the Department of Health and Ageing and was established more than 15 years ago.
There are two holiday program types: one for carers only; and one for couples. These programs are run in conjunction with a tour company, with a staff member accompanying a member of the specialist clinic team.

The program comprises three supported holidays per year. In 2015, these destinations included Hepburn Springs and Ocean Grove. While the cost of respite care for a person with Parkinson’s is not included as part of the carer holiday, staff can help to arrange it.

BrainLink is a Victorian-based service committed to improving the quality of life for people affected by acquired brain conditions such as Parkinson’s. As part of their services, they offer carer retreats.

Each month, a different catchment area is targeted, with carers required to be part of that catchment to qualify. A massage treatment is included in the package. The program does not cover respite costs but some support for this may be negotiated if required.

 

PROGRAM LENGTH TRANSPORT STAFF FOR  WHEN CONTACT
Kingston Centre
Movement
Disorders Clinic
Carers Holiday
Program
3 nights Travel by coach

1 x Allied Health professional or nurse

1 X Personal Carer

Carers 

1 per year  9265 1411
Kingston Centre
Movement
Disorders Clinic
Couples Holiday
Program
3 nights Travel by coach 

1 X Alled Health professional or nurse

1 X Personal Carer

Couples 

2 per year  9265 1411
Brainlink Carers Retreat program 1 night  Travel by coach  2 X professional staff  Carers  1 per month  1800 677 579

 

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