Leo’s Place – a place to rest awhile
Most people with a life-limiting illness want to remain in their own home for as long as possible.
Caring for someone with a life-limiting illness can be both rewarding and demanding – for the carer, and also their loved one. For many it is a privilege and it strengthens relationships. However, it can also be incredibly challenging at a time when people are at their most vulnerable.
Many carers willingly put all their time and energy into caring for their loved one, but over time this can result in fatigue and isolation.
Supporting people to achieve their goal of staying at home for as long as possible requires better support of those who are taking on the caring role. In recognition of this, Palliative Care ACT is working with Carers ACT to offer non-clinical respite for people with a life-limiting illness and their carers.
Leo’s Place is a home away from home providing:
- overnight respite – for people with a life-limiting illness, with the option of their carer staying with them
- day respite – providing support and care for people with a life-limiting illness, to allow carers to have a short break
- carer support – access to advice, information and self-care activities
Those who visit Leo’s Place will be:
- living with a medically diagnosed, life limiting illness,
- able to self-administer their own medications
- able to attend to most activities of daily living with stand-by assistance provided by support workers
- able to access clinical services as if they were at home
Carer Support offered at Leo’s Place can include:
- counselling and emotional support
- assistance with navigating services
- financial advice and planning
- activities to promote wellbeing – e.g. yoga, massage