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Short-term accommodation

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.

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