Carers Qld Townsville Services:
210 Ross River Road
Aitkenvale Q 4814
P: 07 4725 8853
F: 07 4725 3260
Carers Queensland represents the diverse needs and interests of carers in Queensland. We empower carers by providing carers with information, education, training, advocacy, counselling and other support services that may assist them in their caring role. We also aim to raise awareness about the valuable role that carers play.
Carers are usually family members or friends who provide support to children or adults who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail aged. Carers may be parents, partners, brothers, sisters, friends or children of any age. Carers may care for a few hours a week or all day every day. Some carers are eligible for government benefits, while others are employed or have a private income. Caring can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Regular breaks from caring can help to relieve the stress and exhaustion you may feel from time to time.
Breaks can also provide benefits for the person being cared for. They can give people new experiences and something to look forward to, and memories to look back on.
These breaks are often called respite, and the services that help you arrange breaks are usually called respite care services.
How can I organise a break?
Some carers get regular breaks from caring when family members or friends help out informally. Sometimes, however, extra support is needed such as when a longer break or specialised care is required. Other carers get little or no help from family and friends.
Respite care is provided by many services and organisations, which will vary according to the age and condition of the person you care for, and the area in which you live. It may be difficult to obtain respite in some areas and most services have waiting lists. Your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre will be able to let you know what is available for you and the person you care for.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are experienced in finding respite options for people of all ages and conditions. They can provide you with information about the range of community care and other aged care services available in your local area. Your nearest Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre can be contacted on 1800 052 222*. For emergency respite support outside standard business hours, call 1800 059 059*.
What type of respite is available?
There are many different types of respite. Some of the most frequently used types include:
in-home respite care;
day care programs;
residential respite care in an aged care home;
residential respite care for younger people with an illness or a disability;
weekend and holiday programs and opportunities. These can be for the carer, the person with an illness or a disability, couples or for the whole family together;
recreation activities in the community; and
camps for brothers, sisters, and carers under 18.
These types of respite might suit you and the person you care for or you may have your own ideas about the type of break you would like or the type of assistance that would reduce your stress. Some services also cater for people with particular language or cultural needs.
Where can I get more information?
Contact your Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222* to discuss what respite options may be available for you and the person you care for.
There is a lot more information for carers available on a range of topics. Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres in each state and territory provide carers with referral to services and practical written information to support them in their caring role. Contact your Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222*. Alternatively, carers may use the services provided by the carer association in each state or territory. More information on these services can be found by contacting 1800 242 636*.