“Respite care is not just about time off for me, but an opportunity for Graham to do the things he loves the most.”
Q. What is Respite Care?
A. Respite Care is a support service for carers. It provides time away from their carer role, confident that their loved one is being look after. It also offers the person being cared for a chance to meet new people and participate in other activities they enjoy.
Q. How does Respite Care work?
A. Respite Care can be delivered in many different ways. A Support Worker can come to the home or they can take the family member on an outing. Day respite centres offer a range of activities and the chance to socialise with others. Overnight respite cottages provide a longer stay option in a home like environment.
Q. What are the benefits of Respite Care?
A. It’s important that carers take a break and relax every now and again! Scheduling in respite care enables carers to enjoy some time to maintain their own health and wellbeing so they can continue to give care and support. The person receiving care will also be able to enjoy the company of others and have the chance to socialise in the community and participate in other hobbies or activities.
Q. When is Respite Care available?
A. Respite Care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Q. How can Respite Care be funded?
A. Services can be provided under government subsidised programs such as the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) with a contribution fee. Respite care can also be delivered on a private basis or as a combination of both.