Caring for a loved one through a long illness or as they age can be a very rewarding experience, but may take more of a physical or mental toll than you realise. Finding the time and energy for your own wellbeing and interests can tend to come second, and over time caregivers may struggle with tiredness and isolation which impacts on their ability to care.
Respite care gives caregivers and those being cared for a break from their usual care arrangements, and includes anything from a short stay in care accommodation to help at home on a regular basis.
Respite can be a positive experience for both caregiver and the people that they love. It gives carers the opportunity to take a break, go on a holiday, get back to work or tend to other family needs.
A change of setting or routine, mixing things up, is also great for those being cared for, introducing new people, ideas and routines into their worlds, adding to their long-term enjoyment.
You can receive up to 63 days per year, depending on your circumstances, with an opportunity to extend.
How you can access respite care
Before you receive government subsidised respite care you may need to take part in a Government-based assessment. Aged care is different for everyone, so it’s a good idea to really understand what is right for you.
Even if you’re waiting to be assessed, we can help you find the right respite care provider now. Simply start a care summary, tell us what you’re looking for so that we can really understand the level of care you need and we’ll match you with a range of care options specific to respite care in a matter of seconds.
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At any point while you’re waiting to be assessed you can search for the right respite care from all the government-assisted services as well as other private services available.
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