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Our History

The Waratah Respite Centre was first opened in 1987 as an Adult Day Care Centre in Azalea Ave Coffs Harbour. In 1991 the service relocated to the current Waratah Respite Centre which was built with Home and Community Care (HACC) funding. HACC services were designed to assist older, frail people or those with disabilities continue living at home.

In 1993 funding was acquired through the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP) to provide evening respite for carers of adults with disabilities.

In 1994 following extensive community lobbying and fundraising our six (6) bed “Maureen Guthrie Cottage” was opened to provide carers overnight respite. The Cottage was furnished with the assistance of our long term Management Committee member Mr Des Kingdom and Coffs City Rotary Club.

In 2005 extensions to include staff amenities were undertaken. This extension was the result of several years of fund raising by the very proactive Management Committee and a substantial donation from a community member.

Waratah Respite Services has a long and proud history of delivering flexible respite options for older people, those living with dementia or other disabilities, and their carers living on the Coffs Coast and surrounds. Our unique service model offers Centre based social support groups and overnight respite in cottage style accommodation. Throughout the years the service has impacted positively on the independence, wellbeing and socialisation of our clients and enabled them to avoid premature placement in residential aged care.

Today we offer centre based social support and respite care in Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga as well as flexible overnight respite in our Maureen Guthrie Cottage for older people, those living with dementia and their carers.

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