Resthaven has a range of respite options to support people who care for someone to have a break from their caring role.
How to tell if you are a ‘recognised’ carer:
- Do you provide daily support to a person without being paid?
- If you did not provide this support, would this person be unable to complete the tasks themselves? (Support may include shopping, paying bills, assisting with showering, making meals, providing transport etc.)
- Is the person unsafe when left alone for long periods of time?
- Has the person been diagnosed with dementia or a severe disability?
- Is the person you support frail or aged?
If any of the above applies to you, you are recognised as a carer and are entitled to an array of support for your own health and wellbeing, as well as the health and wellbeing of the person you care for.
Carers need time out to look after themselves and their own needs. This may be going to work, a social engagement, an appointment, a medical procedure, a volunteer commitment, a regular pastime, and so on.
Respite care can reduce social isolation by providing carers with opportunities to meet with friends, attend a support group, or continue activities that are important to them.
Having some respite helps keep carers healthy; improving the quality of care they can provide.
A little respite support can sustain carers so they can continue their caring role, and the person they care for can stay living at home for longer.
Respite also provides carers and the people they care for with an experience of different care facilities that may be required in the future.
- Reliable, flexible and tailored to meet the needs of the carer and the person they care for
- Incorporated into the early stages of caring and as part of an ongoing plan for support and assistance
- Planned in advance to reduce the likelihood of emergencies due to carer strain.
Carer supports available:
- In-home respite
- Home-style respite
- Residential respite
- Carer support groups.