Caring for someone can be a challenging role. Carers of older people may need support so that they can provide the best care possible.
We can give carers advice, support, training and respite, so they and the person they care for can continue to live the best life they can.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre
Do you care for an older person and/or for someone living with a disability?
Caring can be challenging and there may be times when you need a break. Our Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre provides support, respite and advice.Read more
The right support, when you need it
Respite can give you time to do everyday tasks, and to support your own physical and mental health. We offer regular, occasional or crisis respite care for the person you care for, and support them to take part in enjoyable activities from your home, in the community or from our offices.
We can also help you to work out what support you need, and where you can find this within your community.
The service operates in the Barossa, mid and far north regions, Eyre Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.
This service is funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Dementia Education and Training
If you care for someone living with dementia, education and training can increase your confidence and competence.Read more
We can support you with one-on-one or group training, depending on participant numbers and the topic. For example, you may like support as you learn to use a mobile phone or tablet. Or perhaps you need respite care so that you can attend a relevant information session about dementia.
Whatever you need, we will do our best to support you in your caring role.
From time to time, you may need a short break from your caring role.
Eyre House is an overnight community respite service which can support the person you care for in suitable holiday-style accommodation.Read more
A stay by the sea
Homes are located in the seaside towns of Coffin Bay, Port Lincoln and Tumby Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, and Moonta, Wallaroo and Port Hughes on the Yorke Peninsula. Trained staff can support up to four people for three to four nights per stay.
This service is funded through the Department of Health.
Respite Care in Rural Areas
It can be hard to find respite if you are a carer living in a rural or remote area.
Our respite services can help. We provide regular and ongoing respite in regions where no other suitable service is available, and can arrange respite for emergency situations.Read more
You can take regular, planned breaks while we support the person you care for at home or in community-based activities. This can give them the opportunity to meet others in the area and explore their interests.
Support can be:
- one-to-one in the carer’s home (In-home Respite)
- one-to-one at a community-based activity (Community Access Individual)
- one-to-two or more at a community-based activity (Community Access Group)
- in activity groups (Centre-based Day Respite – available in Tanunda, Port Augusta, Arno Bay, Smoky Bay, Port Neill, Tumby Bay and Port Lincoln).
This service is for carers of frail, older people, and of people with dementia and/or challenging behaviours. We can also provide some assistance to carers of younger people with disabilities.
We offer respite services in the north and west country regions of South Australia, while in-home and one-to-one Community Access Respite is available in the south-east country.
Trained staff, or staff from approved agencies, can provide this service during business hours, after hours and on weekends.
The service is funded through the Commonwealth Government Department of Social Services.
Respite Care Packages
As a carer, it’s important that you are involved in making choices about respite care. Consumer Directed Respite Care can help, offering packages through the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre.Read more
We support you as you access information, make choices about respite care and explore other support. With the budget in your carer’s package, you can purchase the more suitable type of respite and choose your service provider.
Consumer Directed Respite Care:
- assesses your needs as a carer
- assists with developing a Respite Plan, including purchasing respite through your package, looking at your support needs, and emergency planning
- supports you to arrange respite care of your choice according to the package you have
- provides a monthly account balance.
Consumer Directed Respite Care operates throughout the north and west country regions of South Australia. This service is funded through the Commonwealth Government Department of Social Services.