If you’re caring for someone—a family member, friend, or loved one—we can provide you with a break from your care responsibilities. We offer comprehensive support by taking on your usual responsibilities as a primary carer, so you’re free to spend time handling any personal tasks, or just to relax and recharge. When we handle primary care responsibilities, family and friends can be exactly that—family and friends, instead of Carers.
Respite care is support for Carers—family members, friends, or loved ones who have taken on the responsibility of supporting someone who is no longer able to look after themselves independently. Also known as ‘short-term care’, respite care provides an opportunity to take a break; our team take on the usual responsibilities involved in your routine as a Carer, so you can go on holidays, handle errands, or spend quality time with the person you’ve been caring for. Our respite care services can include:
- Respite care in the comfort of your own home.
- Assistance to find local groups or activities where your loved one can enjoy a day out of the house.
- Care for your loved one overnight in your home if you need some time to rest undisturbed.
- Assistance to access short-term care in a residential aged care service for an extended break.
- Regular planned care services, or services in response to an unexpected event.
How to access services
If any of these services appeal to you—whether on their own or grouped together to provide comprehensive support for you and your family members—you have a range of options. The key point is that we’re here to help, in any way you need. If you need some additional clarity or you’d like to talk things through, give us a call—1300 466 322.
You may be able to access services through a Home Care Package, a government-subsidised funding package for home care.
You may be eligible for other government funding options, and you can always purchase services immediately with your own money.