How to get respite
Respite care can vary depending on:
- where you live and what services are available in your area
- the sort of care needed
- how urgent your need is.
You may need to talk with different organisations to find out the respite care that is available in your area and whether it will suit you. Remember – help is always available in an emergency.
If you want to arrange emergency respite care
Call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737
Carer Gateway can help you to arrange respite in an emergency. They can also talk to you about local respite and activities that may be available for you or the person you care for.
If the person you care for is aged 65 or over
Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422
My Aged Care may be able to arrange community or residential respite care for the person you care for. You and the person you care for will be assessed to see if you can get respite care. You and the assessor can talk about and decide which services would best suit you and the person you care for.
If the person you care for has disability and can get an NDIS package
Call the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on 1800 800 110
The NDIS package may be able to be used to support respite care for the person you care for. You will need to talk with your NDIS planner about including respite in their NDIS package.
Help and advice
Call Carer Gateway 1800 422 737 if you need to arrange respite care
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