• About Carer Support

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    If you are a carer of an older person, you 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.

    Having some respite helps keep carers healthy; improving the quality of care they can provide. 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.

    Click here to view and download the About Carer Support Fact Sheet

    Respite is:

    • 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.


    Resthaven's respite services are available in various locations across South Australia

    • Metropolitan Adelaide
    • Adelaide Hills
    • Murraylands
    • Riverland
    • Limestone Coast
    • Fleurieu Peninsula
    • Gawler and surrounding areas

    ‘I cannot express enough my gratitude for the wonderful care of my Dad on this program. I work two full time jobs, so to have an angel such as his Resthaven carer come and support Dad to shower, shave and dress is an unbelievable support. I cannot thank you enough.’

    Relative, Resthaven Community Respite Services


    Enticing relaxation spot for carers with a book and lamp on a bedside tablePeople often don’t perceive themselves as being a ‘carer’ when they voluntarily support a relative or friend.

    • 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 (over 65)?

    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.

    Whatever support you require, you can be confident that Resthaven offers caring, high quality services for the person under your care. The support we offer is flexible so that it adapts to your needs. Resthaven’s fully insured and police checked staff are trained and experienced in meeting the needs of older people, including those with memory loss or confusion.

    The person can access day or overnight community respite in a variety of settings, either at home or at one of our respite cottages. Residential respite is available at all Resthaven residential aged care homes from a minimum of two weeks up to 63 days each year. Bookings are essential.

    Click here to view the current respite vacancies Respite Options Fact Sheet



    This booklet is for the family and friends of a Carer to help you support someone you know who is caring for someone else.

    Booklet: How family and friends can support a Carer

    older and younger lady doing a puzzzle
    ‘I enjoy my stays and can’t wait for my visits.’ – Respite Client, Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services

    Looking for community respite or services for carers? Call 8198 2060