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What is Respite?

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Who is a Carer?
A carer is someone who provides regular and sustained care for a relative or friend who has support needs, without payment other than Centrelink benefit (for the purpose of this site people with disability with support needs). Carers often talk about just how rewarding caring is, however, caring for a relative or friend can also be stressful & exhausting, so carers need to look after themselves & take a respite break.
What is respite?
Respite provides carers & the person they care for a short break. Respite helps carers find a balance between caring for others & caring for themselves.
Types of respite to suit individual people & situations:
In home Support a person provides support in the person's home
Recreational Activities participation in recreational activities
Facility based overnight stays staying overnight in a residential facility
After School Care programs running outside of school hours for children with a disability aged 6 - 18 years old.
School Holiday Programs Children's programs run specifically throughout the school holidays
Community Activities participation in every day community activities
Camps, holidays, or weekends away attendance at camps, holidays or weekends away
Other supported overnight stays staying in a non-facility supported environment
Social groups and evening activities participation in social groups or activities that take place outside the home
Ways to organise respite depending on your situation:
Emergency respite is required when the carer is temporarily unable to perform their caring role, for example, if they are required to be admitted to hospital.
Planned respite is where regular & ongoing respite is provided to ensure the carer has a regular break from their caring role.
Benefits of respite to carer are:
  • Restores life balance & overall wellbeing
  • Time for rest & relaxation
  • Enhances physical & mental health
  • Encourages having a social life
  • An opportunity to try residential support
  • Time to do your own things
Benefits of respite to the person they care for:
  • Promotes independence
  • Opportunity for socialisation (different surrounds)
  • Encouragement to engage in activities of interest
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