Caring can be rewarding as well as being physically and emotionally demanding. So, from time to time, carers may need to take a break from their caring role. Carers may also need help for a short period. For example, if you are ill or recovering from an illness. These types of breaks are called carer ‘respite’.
Respite may be given informally by friends, family, neighbours or by formal respite services. These formal services provide a paid worker called a “support worker” to look after the person you usually care for to give you that break.
Some of programs and services supported by integratedliving are:
Young Carers Respite and Information Services
Respite and information services for young carers up to 25 years of age
Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe or Profound Disability Programme
Immediate and short-term respite for carers of young people with a severe or profound disability
Mental Health Respite: Carer Support
Flexible respite and support options for carers of people with severe mental illness/psychiatric disability and carers of people with an intellectual disability
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres
Links carers to support services, including respite, to help them continue in their caring role
Carer Directed Respite Care
A break from caring and more choices about services for carers
Dementia Education and Training for Carers
Training and education for carers of people with dementia
To find about services in your area please call 1800 052 222