Respite

Time for yourself or help in an emergency

It’s okay to admit you need a break from the challenging role of being a carer. We can help you to explore options and plan flexible respite that best meets both your needs and the needs of the person you are caring for.

If you become unwell, admitted to hospital, exhausted or need to restore your health emergency respite options are available.

To discuss what options are relevant to you, and available in your area, contact the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on:

1800 052 222

Emergency respite is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

What is respite?

Having a break or taking some time to relax can be good for both you and the person you are caring for, or necessary if you become unwell, admitted to hospital, exhausted or need to restore your health. This is often called respite.

Every situation is different. What works for one carer and their family may not work for another. There are many different types of respite support available, but here are just some examples:

  • In Home

    A support worker looks after the person you care for in your home for a few hours so that you can go out during the day, to maybe have lunch, or do the grocery shopping. This could also involve taking the person you care for on an outing. Emergency respite is also available in the family home and can be undertaken during the day and/or overnight.

  • Facility or Residential

    If you need help over a number of days or weeks your family member could stay in a care facility, such as an aged care home or supported accommodation. This could be planned respite, or emergency based.

  • Community

    The person you care for joins a day program at an adult day centre, neighbourhood house or community health centre. This gives them a social experience to encourage a sense of independence and social interaction as well as providing you with a break.

  • Alternative Family Care

    Your family and friends may be able to help with your caring responsibilities while you take a break. In some areas there may be organisations who can also arrange for a trained volunteer carer or family member to provide regular care, activities and friendship for the person for whom you provide care.

Organising Respite

Not all respite options will be available in your area and some will involve a cost or contribution.

It is important to find a service that feels right for your family member and that you trust the workers to provide appropriate care. Carers SA can help you choose from the options available to you; planning flexible or emergency respite that best meets your needs, the needs of your family and of the person for whom you provide care.

Our Murray Bridge and Mt Gambier respite staff provide Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre services in the South East Country region of South Australia. You can discuss what options are relevant to you, and available in your area by contacting us or your local provider on:

1800 052 222

Contact Us to Discuss Options

If you are not sure of the respite options available we are here to help. Our approachable, highly trained team are on hand to help you work through the emotions and challenges carers face everyday. No matter what your circumstances, we can tailor our advice and information to your needs.

We want to be your first port of call, so you can make informed choices about your caring role. This might include respite, counselling, workshops or our local carer support programs. You can contact us through our Freecall number, online chat or online enquiry.

1800 242 636

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