As a carer you will need support to keep going, and respite is one type of support available. It means having a break, which could be for a few hours or a few days. It could also mean having some help for a short period.

Respite is a chance for everyone to have a break. This includes the person you are caring for. There are a range of support services available, such as in-home care where someone relieves you at home. Respite could also be available at a Residential Aged Care Facility. You may have to pay for this.

Respite means giving up your role for a short time. You may find it hard to hand over to someone else. You may have promised the person who is ill that you would always look after them. You may also find it hard to take this role back again once you have had a break.

The need for respite and support will depend on a number of factors. This includes the length of time that someone is ill. It is important that you ask for help. If you are older you will especially find that there are limits to what you can do. Speak to a health professional about respite care.


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Last updated 30 January 2018