About respite

Every care situation is different. What works for one family may not work for another. There are many different types of respite support available.

Types of respite

Some common types of respite are listed below. Contact your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre to talk about the options available in your area:

  • In home: a support worker looks after the person you care for in your home
  • Facility or residential based: the person you care for stays for a short period in a care facility like an aged care home or supported accommodation
  • Community based: the person you care for joins a day program at an adult day centre, neighbourhood house or community health centre
  • Alternative family care: your family and friends may be able to help with your caring responsibilities while you take a break. Some organisations can also arrange for a trained volunteer carer or family to provide regular care, activities and friendship for the person you care for
  • Recreation based: you and the care recipient can join organised recreation, social or leisure activities either together or separately
  • Emergency respite: is sometimes available if you need to deal with sudden illness, accidents, family troubles or emergencies

Organising and paying for respite

Not all respite opportunities will be available in your area and most will involve a cost.

Your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre can help you choose from the options available to you and plan flexible respite that best meets your needs, and the needs of the person you care for.

They may also be able to help you to organise bookings and find out if financial assistance is available to help you cover any costs.



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