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- Taking a break (respite care)
Taking a break (respite care)
Respite care lets carers have a break. You may feel you need respite care for a couple of hours, overnight or for several days. You can use respite care for any reason, such as visiting friends or family members, catching up on sleep, or attending an event such as a wedding.
|Why||Some carers don’t arrange respite care because they feel guilty or concerned about leaving the person they are caring for. But by taking a break, you will probably find that you can continue your caring role with more energy and enthusiasm. It also gives the person you are caring for an opportunity to interact with other people.|
|Where||Respite care can sometimes be given at home, or the person you are caring for may be admitted to a respite care centre, residential aged care facility or, in some cases, a hospital or palliative care unit (hospice).|
|How||It’s a good idea to start looking into respite care before you need it. Talk to your doctor or social worker about what services are available where you live and how you can access them. Carer Gateway provides information on respite options, including emergency respite. For more information, call 1800 422 737.|
|Cost||You may have to pay part or all of the cost of respite care. Fees will depend on the care provider, whether the care is subsidised by the government, how long the care is for, and the type of care required.|
The social worker helped my husband and me talk about difficult and confronting issues. TheJanine
respite care was also a welcome relief and helped me remain strong.
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