Respite care - House with No Steps

Respite care

"I can honestly say without respite care, My husband and I weren’t able to get any time to ourselves - to be Sean and Amanda, not just mum and dad." - Amanda, mother

Providing respite care for children and adults with a disability

Group of people at respite care

What is respite care?

Respite care is a service provided to a carer of someone with a disability to allow them to take a break. If you are a carer of someone with a disability, respite can give you the opportunity to recharge or to focus on other commitments such as everyday commitments or holidays.

Respite is also a fantastic experience for people with a disability, giving them a chance to meet new people and try new activities.

Types of respite: choose the service that’s right for you

We have a range of services to suit different people and situations. These services are available for both children and adults with a disability, and can be on a regular basis, or just from time to time when you need them the most.

No matter what option you choose, support will be provided by dedicated staff who are focused on your needs, and those of the person they’re caring for.

In-home (flexible) respite care

Our support staff can come to your home and provide flexible support for a child or adult with a disability – whether it’s for a few hours a day, an evening, or a weekend.

Respite accommodation and centres

Our welcoming and well-equipped respite centres have accommodation for people with a disability to stay for a day, overnight, a weekend, a holiday, or for a longer period (4 weeks or more). We also have centres specifically for children, and those for adults – so visitors are staying with others in their age group.

Our staff will ensure each person's individual diet, health, education, and recreation needs are met throughout their stay.

Emergency respite care

If a crisis or emergency happens, we can help with emergency support. As well as helping with the immediate day-to-day needs of the person with a disability you support, we can also work with you to help put together a more permanent plan for the future if needed.

Recreational activities and programs

Our recreational programs can also be fantastic respite for families and carers. We offer many different activities and outings, both in groups and one-on-one. Activities can be chosen and tailored to suit each individual, and can range from seeing a movie, to having dinner, or playing sport. 

As well as giving carers a break, they give people with a disability a chance to have fun and make new friends. Learn more about our activities for specific age groups:

Recreation programs for children (0-10)

Recreation programs for teens (11-18)

Recreation programs for adults (18+)

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