24/7 Respite Available
Amicus is excited to offer people in Castlemaine and surrounding districts the opportunity to experience a state-of-the-art facility at the Melissa Court Respite House for people with disabilities.
The house is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers participants one-to-one support, community activities and skills development, while their informal carers get a much-needed and well-deserved break.
Melissa Court Respite House facilities
Participants who are eligible for short-term accommodation funding, can contact Amicus regarding respite at Melissa Court Respite House.
It is located on the rural fringe of Castlemaine and features:
- Spacious landscaped grounds in a rural environment.
- All abilities bathrooms, one with ceiling hoist and walk-in bath.
- All abilities kitchen with adjustable bench heights.
- Two large living areas with abundant natural lighting and soft couches.
- Four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.
- An area at one end of the respite house can be closed off, to create a private space with access to a lounge area, bathroom, kitchenette and bedroom when requested or required.
- Large meeting room with board table and kitchenette.
- Staff sleepover area and office space.
- Fully equipped laundry facilities.
- Amicus vehicle to access the community.
Participants staying at Melissa Court are provided with a high level of choice when choosing activities. Each participant is provided one-to-one support from experienced support workers.
The house features wifi access, card and board games, space to dance and sing and a relaxing outdoor area.
- There are also opportunities for skill development, such as:
- Purchasing groceries and preparing meals in the all-abilities kitchen.
- Making the bed and keeping the bedroom tidy.
- Relaxing and watching a movie,
- Doing craft activities such as painting and mindfulness colouring-in.
Staff work with participants to plan activities in the community, such as:
Accessing the indoor heated pool or splash park in Bendigo,
- Browsing local op shops,
- Visiting local community gardens and environmental sites, or
- Going to the cinema.