Carer Respite (Over 65’s)
All Carers give freely to the person they care for, but for those occasions where you need to be somewhere else or you need a break – there is respite.
Carer’s and Disability Link can introduce you to a trained person who can stay with the person you care for whilst you go about your business or have a break.
If a person is caring for someone who is over 65, frail, aged and/or experiencing dementia the Carer may be eligible to receive respite under the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
Respite is mostly free of charge or at a low cost because of government contributions. The Respite Coordinator will talk with you about this when arranging the respite. Carers may wish to make a monetary contribution to the respite they receive.
Where the person being cared for is going on an outing or to a day activity, there will be a small fee for the activity and meals (if required).
A lady takes a few days off each year by herself to recharge her batteries knowing the person she cares for is well looked after at home.
A lady and her husband (who she cares for) are able to attend their daughter’s wedding with help on the day by a respite worker.
A young lad attends his first camp knowing that someone will be helping his Mum when she needs it and giving her some company.
An elderly gentleman attends the Men’s Shed with assistance from a respite worker (he thinks he is just the bloke who picks him up – and so he is, he just keeps an eye on him as well) giving his wife the break she needs.
A gentleman wishing to continue in his chosen sport has a respite worker come each Saturday over summer to stay with his wife.
A couple working in their own business is able to do so without guilt or interruption as their mother attends a whole day activity.
You can arrange Respite by phoning a Respite Coordinator or Carer Support Worker at Carers and Disability Link on 08 8562 4000 during office hours (9am-5pm).
Respite is time out, a temporary break from your caring role while a qualified person provides care to your family member or friend with a disability or illness.
Respite can take place in your home, out in the community, or at an established group activity.