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Staying at Home

A complimentary overnight carer wellbeing and respite program for carers and people living with dementia.


Helping people who live with dementia to stay at home longer

With a strong focus on wellbeing and self-care, Staying at Home equips carers to navigate the complexities and challenges of supporting a person living with dementia. 

Designed as an overnight retreat over two nights and three days, you will join other carers and people living with dementia in a supportive peer environment. 

Participant eligibility:

  • Person living with dementia, 60 years or older and they have a dementia diagnosis within the first 2 years.
  • One carer participant to accompany a person living with dementia; either a partner, daughter, son or friend. 
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Activities for cottage guests

Loved ones living with dementia will be introduced to one of our overnight respite cottages. Together with our compassionate and specialist care team, they will explore meaningful activities including day outings, arts activities, meal preparation, and plenty more. 

Because our cottages are small, welcoming suburban homes, we have the flexibility to offer creative, individualised care in a relaxing environment.

Guests LC

Why attend the program

In this program you will access tailored support, education and practical suggestions from experienced staff to help you to support your loved living with dementia to stay at home longer.

Palliative Care
Navigating together
Navigating losses and changes experienced by carers
Meaningful engagement and activity modification for loved ones
Environmental impacts
Techniques for managing carer fatigue
Puzzle pieces
Navigating the aged care system
Impact of diagnosis
Exploring the impact of a dementia diagnosis
Navigating behaviour and physical changes associated with dementia
Planning for the future
Cottage Respite
Planning and preparing for respite

Take a virtual tour of Candlebark Cottage

Our overnight respite cottages are purposely designed and suitable for people living with dementia.

Virtual Tour Candlebark Cottage

A home away from home

We care for your loved one on a short-term basis so that you can have some quality time to yourself. The person you care for will be well looked after by our compassionate and professionally trained team with expertise in dementia care.


I was blown away attending the Staying at Home Program. I was so stimulated and enjoyed the conversations with all the great team from HammondCare. I actually found the “old” me. I felt I was valued for who I was as a person, it took years off me overnight! I now walk with a bit of a spring in my step.

Pam, participant and carer

I enjoyed the company of those who shared the programme and related easily with them. Thank you for all you do to make life easier for us.

Ivy, participant and carer

The comparison of experiences was valuable.

Michael, participant and carer

Program locations and dates

Interested in the program but don't see a session near you? Register your interest below and our team will be in touch when new dates are available.




NSW Candlebark Overnight Respite Cottage, Goulburn 13 February - 15 February 2024
NSW Mudyigaali Overnight Respite Cottage, Dubbo 26 March - 28 March 2024
NSW Sinclair Overnight Respite Cottage, Miranda 16 April - 18 April 2024
NSW Jean Marion Overnight Respite Cottage, Narara 30 April - 2 May 2024

Register your interest

If you are interested in participating, please register your interest via the online form.