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About Grampians Respite

Finding the Balance 

Respite helps Carers find the balance between caring for others as well as themselves.

What is Respite?

Respite care is an alternative or supplementary care arrangement. It provides short-term temporary relief (respite) to families and those who are supporting people with disabilities.

The services include traditional home-based care as well out of home care settings, such as adult day services and short term stays, vacational care and emergency care. Respite supports the relationship between the carer and care recipient and provides a positive experience for both.

For the carer the physical, emotional and financial consequences of caring for loved ones can be overwhelming without some form of support such as respite. Respite has been shown to sustain health and well being, relationships with other family members, and avoid out of home placements.

Respite can mean different things to each carer. Designed to give you a break from your responsibilities, it may also allow you to take time out to look after your own health and wellbeing and pursue your own interests.

Respite services are available for people of all ages and can last a few hours, overnight or several days. They can be planned or unplanned (such as responding to a crisis), on a weekly basis or at regular intervals, or can be arranged only as required.

Am I a Carer?

You are a carer if you are a family member, friend or neighbour who provides regular and sustained care and assistance to a person with a disability. This care is provided without payment, other than a pension or benefit.

Do you live in the Grampians region?

If you are unsure whether you live in the Grampians region, view Regional Information to access the Grampians regional map.


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