Your carer relationship is important to you. It's important to us too.

Taking some time out from the carer relationship can help keep your connection strong.

Respite care for older people

Flexible respite options for older people

Carer relationships can benefit from a mix of time together and time apart. We’re here to help you find a balance that works for you.

If you’re a carer for an older family member in Victoria, flexible respite care can help. Taking a break to recharge your batteries can keep you caring for longer. It can also provide the chance to tackle some of life’s other priorities, like appointments and reconnecting with friends.

We offer four types of respite

Thinking of taking time off? Flexible respite is a scheduled break from your caring role.

We’ll organise a qualified worker to take over while you take a step back. Whether you’d like some space, or you’d prefer to stay present during the respite time, we’ll arrange the support that suits your needs.

Home respite support during the day – Enjoy a little in-home care. Our paid worker will visit you at home, taking over your caring duties for a day.

Overnight home care – This is overnight care to give you the chance to take a holiday, go to medical appointments or maybe just catch up on some well-deserved sleep. Similar to live-in care, our overnight respite team are qualified to deliver personal care and dispense medications.

Your time out doesn’t mean your loved one stays in. While you take a break, our support workers can support your loved one with an outing they’d enjoy – like a cuppa with a friend, seeing a movie or a round of mini-golf.

Also known as ‘Community Access – Individual’, this service helps your loved one maintain social connections and independence, while giving you the time off you need.

  • Goulburn
  • Hume
  • Eastern Metropolitan Region
  • Northern Metropolitan Region

Carve out some free time while your loved one connects with their community. 

Centre-based care provides activities through respite care partner agencies in the Eastern and Northern Melbourne regions, including:

Eastern Metropolitan Region

  • Boroondara
  • Monash
  • Whitehorse
  • Manningham
  • Knox
  • Maroondah
  • Yarra Ranges.

Northern Metropolitan Region

  • Whittlesea
  • Darebin
  • Moreland
  • Yarra
  • Banyule
  • Nillumbik
  • Hume.

Who can access respite care?

If you’re caring for someone aged 65+ (or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 50), they may be eligible to access flexible respite services.

Aged care respite funding comes through My Aged Care, based on the government’s Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) assessment process. Respite for older people is kept affordable through government subsidies.

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If you are in Metro Melbourne call: 13 93 75

If you are in the Grampians call: (03) 5335 3507

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