FAQ: Respite care and carers
Questions about respite care and carers
Residential respite is best suited if you need ongoing, continuous carer support for most tasks. Residential respite in an aged care home is available for a few days through to several weeks at a time.
If you receive residential respite in an aged care home, you will receive the same care and support services as permanent residents, such as a room, meals, laundry and personal care.
Community respite is available if you only need occasional carer support for some day-to-day tasks. It is provided under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). There are different types of community respite depending on whether you need it during the day, overnight, or for the weekend.
Looking after your health and wellbeing is important. If you’re caring for an older person there are many services and resources available to support both of you. These include respite care, counselling, information, and advocacy.