Published date: 5 October 2023
During National Carers Week (15-21 October) we celebrate the millions of Australians providing care and support for a family member or friend. We also try to highlight services which can help support these carers. One important type of support is respite care.
What is respite care?
Respite care is when someone else takes care of a loved one, so the carer can have a break. This can give carers time to catch up on everyday activities and look after themselves. At the same time a loved one can meet new people, socialise, and have a change of pace.
It is available to support older people and their carers when they need it. Respite care can be planned in advance for a few hours, days or longer. It can take place at home, in the community, or a residential aged care home.
A person over 65 years old may be eligible for government-funded respite – an aged care assessment can find the right care for their needs.
To learn more about how to access respite care, visit our Respite care page
Last updated date: 11 October 2023
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