Replacement care - taking a break (respite)

Having a break and taking some time to relax can be beneficial for both yourself and the person you care for.

The services we provide to enable this break are broadly referred to as ‘respite or replacement care’ and include in-home help provided by a support worker, recreation-based activities and assistance with special equipment. It also includes ‘residential respite’ where the person you care for has a short-term stay at an aged-care facility and ‘cottage respite,’ which offers an intimate home-like setting with tailored activities.

As every care situation is different, we aim to be as flexible as possible to find the respite arrangement that works best for you and your family.

Our staff can help you choose from the available respite options and directly arrange bookings for many services. Respite services usually involve a nominal fee and we can find out if financial assistance is available to help you to cover the cost.

For respite services call 1800 052 222

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  • Carer Advisory Service

    The first step to access services and supports through Carers ACT
  • Residential respite bookings

    Our population is ageing rapidly and many people look after an older family member who has become frail, suffers a chronic health condition or has dementia.
  • Deakin Cottage

    A short-stay respite home for people with dementia or who are frail aged to allow respite for carers.