Respite and other support for carers

Providing ongoing care can affect physical and mental health. It is important to get information and support and know your rights as a carer. This page provides information about respite care and other types of support available.

Respite care

Regular breaks (respite) give you time to rest and recharge. Respite provides an opportunity to relax, relieve the stress and do something for yourself. Respite can also benefit the person you care for by providing different experiences and a chance to develop new relationships.

There are different types of respite. The type that suits you depends on your caring situation, the needs of the person you care for and the services that are available in your area.

Respite can be for a few hours, a day, overnight or longer. It may occur often or be an annual or once-off event.

Some services are free. Others may charge a small fee (in accordance with your income). Residential respite usually costs a standard fee. Private services may be expensive.

Arranging respite care

To find respite services in your area, phone the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636 or use the Carer Support Finder (enter your suburb or postcode in the top-left corner).

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres can help you with respite co-ordination in your area. Call 1800 052 222 during business hours, or 1800 059 059 for emergencies outside business hours.

Emergency respite care

For emergency respite care, phone a Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC). Call 1800 052 222 during business hours or 1800 059 059 after business hours.

Other types of support

Many local carer support organisations provide non-respite supports. For example:

  • carer support groups
  • carer retreats
  • counselling, in person and by telephone
  • information and referral
  • advocacy
  • young carer programs.

Arranging other support

To find out which organisation services your local area, either phone the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636 or use the Carer Support Finder (enter your suburb or postcode in the top-left corner).

Carer Gateway

The Carer Gateway is a national service funded by the Australian Government, that includes a website and phone service for carers to access practical information and support. Phone 1800 422 737 (weekdays 8.00 am to 6.00 pm).

Young carers

Some organisations provide support specifically for young carers:

  • Northern Carer's Network - provides the Breakthru support program for young people aged 7 to 18 who provide care for someone at home (monthly programs in Gawler, Playford and Kilburn)
  • Carers SA and Carer Support- provide support for young carers who are under 25 and looking after a family member or friend
  • Reach - is an online mental health organisation for young people and their parents.

Information in a different language

If you need information in a language other than English, translated information is available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Persian and Vietnamese. For other languages, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.

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