Questions about respite care and carers
I’m caring for an older person. What support is available for us?
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.
You can also visit Carer Gateway to learn more about the carer specific support services that might be available to you.
How can I get respite care?
If you need respite care, you will first need to apply for an assessment through My Aged Care. After your assessment you will find out if you’re eligible, and what type of respite you are eligible for.
I need to organise emergency respite care. What do I need to do?
If you need emergency respite care, you can contact Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737. You may have to provide some information when you call, to make sure the right type of care can be provided.
For more information, you can also go to the Carer Gateway website.
My carer helps me with some day-to-day tasks at home. What respite care is available?
If you only need help with some everyday tasks in your home, then respite care is available under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). It usually involves a paid carer coming to your home so that your usual carer can take a short break.
My carer supports me with most tasks. What respite care is available?
If you need help with most tasks all the time, then residential respite is best suited for you. Residential respite in an aged care home is available for a few days, or up 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. This includes a room, meals, laundry and personal care.
I care for someone who has moved into an aged care home. Can I still provide care for them?
Yes, you can and it’s helpful if you do. You will need to work together with the aged care home’s health professionals, but you are still an important source of support and care.