About Respite

Having a break or taking some time to relax can be good for both you and the person you are caring for. This is often called respite.

About Respite

Every care situation is different. What works for one carer and their family may not work for another.  There are many different forms of respite support available. Some common types are listed below.

  • In home: a support worker looks after the person you care for in your home 
  • Facility or residential based: your family member stays for a short period in a care facility like an aged care home or supported accommodation 
  • Community based: the person you care for joins a day program at an adult day centre, neighbourhood house or community health centre 
  • Alternative care: your family and friends may be able to help with your caring responsibilities while you take a break. In some areas there may be organisations who can also arrange for a trained volunteer carer or family to provide regular care, activities and friendship for the person you care for. 
  • Recreation based: you and your family member can join organised recreation, social or leisure activities either together or separately. 
  • Hire of equipment to support or ease your role. 
  • Emergency respite: is available if you need to deal with sudden illness, accidents, family troubles or emergencies. 
  • Alternative respite: Other solutions to assist you with your caring role may be available such as assistance with transport, accommodation, home maintenance. 

Contact us to talk about these and other opportunities that suit you best.

What Kind of Help?

Our staff can help you choose from the options available to you, planning flexible respite that best meets your needs, the needs of your family and of the person you care for.

  • We arrange respite and may be able to help with the costs 
  • We offer support and give you the chance to talk to somebody 
  • We offer expert and local advice and link you to other services 
  • We provide information about appropriate respite services 
  • We put you in touch with carer support groups where you can meet other people in similar situations 
  • We can provide support in times of crisis 
  • We can help you plan your future