Caring for someone
Links to a range of information about services providing respite care for carers, whether it is in their own home, in the wider community, or in a residential aged care facility.
Many people have a family member or friend who provides care to help them continue to live at home.
Carers sometimes need support to keep going.
As a carer you may need a break for a few hours or a few days, or you may need help for a short period. For example, if you are ill or recovering from an illness.
Respite care is a chance for you and the person you care for to take a break. This can be:
- In their home with care ranging from a few hours a week to overnight care;
- In a Day Care Centre which provides full or half day care; or
- In a residential aged care home for two or three weeks.
If you think you or the person you are looking after may need respite care, you can talk to your local doctor, your Aged Care Assessment Team, or a Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres