Ageing and Disability Services

Respite services aim to strengthen and maintain the primary care relationships between a frail older person or a younger person with a disability and their carers through the provision of flexible and responsive alternatives to the usual care arrangements.

Respite services provide meaningful and positive activities and experiences for individuals with a disability.

Flexible Respite is a service that offers a combination of own home, centre-based, host family and peer support respite and includes day outings and camping trips.

Adults and children can access a range of respite care activities including:

  • In-home care at regular and planned times by paid staff. This can be varied according to need and circumstance.
  • Individual out-of-home care by paid staff for recreation activity e.g., taking a young person to the movies.
  • Support with transport and participation in mainstream social activities.
  • Family Holidays – providing a carer to accompany the family.
  • Out of Home community activities including: integration into mainstream youth centre activities.

A number of Flexible Respite packages are targeted at ageing parent carers who provide primary care to their son or daughter with a disability. These packages can be accessed by parent carers aged 65 and over, and Indigenous parent carers aged 45 and over. The service aims to provide a break for ageing parent carers, and meaningful and positive activities and experiences for individuals with a disability.