Respite Care

Why take a break?

Caring can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Regular breaks from caring can help to relieve the stress and exhaustion you may feel from time to time. Breaks can provide benefits for the person being cared for. These breaks are often called 'respite', and the services that help you arrange breaks are usually called respite care services.  

The sort of break you take will depend on what suits you, and the person you care for, as well as the services that are available in your area.
Breaks may be taken in your house or away from it. They might be for a few hours, a day, overnight or longer.

What type of respite is available?

There are many different types of respite. Some of the most frequently used types include:

  • In home respite care;
  • Day care programs;
  • Residential respite care in an aged care home;
  • Residential respite care for younger people with an illness or disability
  • Weekend and holiday programs and opportunities. These can be for the Carer, the person with an illness or disability.
  • Recreation activities in the community; and
  • Camps for Carers and siblings under the age of 18.

How much will it cost?
Some services may be free while others may charge a small fee or charge according to your income. Residential respite usually charges a standard fee. Private services may be more expensive.

Where can I get more information?

Contact your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 to discuss what respite options may be available for you and the person you care. From May 2020 please Contact the Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737

The Carers NSW website has some very useful information regarding carer wellbeing, counselling and respite options


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