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.
What type of respite is available?
There are many different types of respite. Some of the most frequently used types include:
How much will it cost?
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