Accessing respite is important for carers and the person they are caring for, enabling them both to have a break. The Carer Gateway has information on a number of respite care services that may be available to access. 

Generally respite is planned in advance. This can help avoid stress build-up, and long waiting lists that services may have. But what do you do when the unexpected happens? 
Emergency respite may be available to anyone who cares for a loved one, family member or friend in their home who:

  • has a disability
  • has a mental illness
  • has a chronic condition
  • is frail aged.

There are many different situations where emergency respite care might be available, including:

  • the death of a family member or close friend
  • if you or another dependent family member are ill or injured
  • an urgent situation that makes it difficult for you to fulfil your role as a carer.

For more information about respite and support available for carers contact a Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 (1800 059 059 outside business hours) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For emergency respite, phone 1800 059 059.

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