How to access respite care

A young woman with blonde hair, wearing a beige knitted cardigan, stands by a window, leaning down to place a comforting hand on the shoulder of an elderly man with grey hair and a navy blue shirt. They both share a moment of warmth and understanding in a well-lit room with a serene outdoor view.

Respite care gives you time to catch up on everyday activities and look after yourself, while your loved one can meet new people, and get a change of pace.

You can plan respite in advance for a few hours, days or longer and it can take place at home, in your community, or a residential aged care home.

A person over 65 years old may be eligible for government-funded respite - an aged care assessment can find the right care for their needs.

To learn more about how to access respite, visit the respite care webpage on the My Aged Care website.

If you need emergency respite care, call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737.

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The changes mean older Australians will have greater choice and control, services that respect and meet their needs, and support to stay independent as they age.

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