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Community Respite & Social Support

MannaCare provides a variety of services at Grevillea House and Cassia Day Respite for people in need of flexible respite or social support

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Commonwealth Home Support Programme

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) funded by the Australian Government Department of Health helps eligible older people living in the community to maximise their independence, through the delivery of timely, high quality entry-level support services.

Services promote wellness, enablement and restorative care.


These services are available to any resident in the Eastern Metropolitan Region who is:

• 65 years or older,
• 50 years or older and identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or
• 50 years or older and on a low income, homeless or at risk of homelessness.


MannaCare offers a range of respite, allied health & therapy services under a funding agreement with the Department of Health & Uniting to provide good quality respite care, allied health services and supports caring relationships.

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Set in the beautiful grounds of MannaCare, Grevillea House is a purpose-built, cottage-style building that provides many facilities and resources to support on-site and in-home respite needs.

From social support to overnight cottage respite, and flexible respite to support for in-home respite, MannaCare is able to deliver excellent care through experienced staff, with compassion and respect.

Grevillea House virtual tour

To take a virtual tour, click on the images below to see a 360 degree tour of the great facilities in Grevillea House.

Activities room – Grevillea House


Respite bedroom – Grevillea House


MannaCare social support day programmes are available for frail older people and those living with dementia.

These programmes are funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). MannaCare charges fees in line with CHSP guidelines.

Social Support programmes have a dual purpose:

  • to provide social support for people
  • to provide flexible respite options for their carers

They also enhance clients’ quality of life, while maintaining their social interaction and skills in a supportive environment.

Programmes that operate from Grevillea House include a range of social activities that are designed to meet clients’ individual goals and care needs. An ‘Active Service Model’ & ‘Montessori’ approach is embedded in all programmes. This approach aims to support a person’s strengths and promote independence.

Assistance with transport is available by assessment, and a fee applies.

We know that selecting appropriate aged services can be challenging, so please call us to discuss your options on 1300 90 20 23.

Our Grevillea House cottage respite is mainly for people with dementia.  The service is deliberately flexible and responsive, which allows clients and carers to plan their respite stay how it best suits them.

For instance, respite might be needed for a single night, or a week, or two (60 days per year maximum).  Accommodation is in a purpose-designed and built extension to Grevillea House which was opened in 2007, and is styled like a motel.

We have five single rooms, each with an ensuite, available to residents of the Eastern Metropolitan Region. The service is available 7 days per week, excluding a 2 week closure at Christmas.

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The aim is to maintain care relationships between carers and clients. Programmes are funded under an agreement between MannaCare with Uniting Care Life Assist to provide respite care services for eligible older people so that regular carers can take a break and enjoy timeout and social activities.

Programs operate on a Friday twice a month and include the opportunity to participate in community outings or wellbeing activities.

Respite is available and provided at Grevillea House.

This is available for consumers to help them balance care responsibilities. We can provide this support either at Grevillea House or in the client’s own home. Services are offered 7 days per week for those living in the Eastern Metropolitan Region, and are structured to respond to the consumer’s needs.

For more information, call MannaCare on 1300 90 20 23.

Cassia Day Respite

MannaCare offers a range of services including a residential respite program, Cassia House Day Guest Respite Service.

Centre-based respite services

Cassia House hosts a day respite service for frail older people. It enables carers to have ‘time out’ in a flexible manner that is responsive to their needs.

The service operates on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and it can cater for up to 10 clients at a time. Clients are able book in for either a half or full-day session, with all meals provided. A daily fee applies.

The programme closes for 2 weeks over the Christmas/New Year.

For more information about Cassia Day Respite call MannaCare on 1300 90 20 23.

Grevillea House and Cassia Day Respite are governed by the Commonwealth Home Support Programme Guidelines.