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Taking respite

Dec. 29, 2015

The role of a carer can be very busy and demanding at times. It can leave you with little chance to take time out or look after your own needs.

As a carer, it is very important that you create opportunities to look after yourself. Recognising your own needs will help balance caring with the rest of your life.

Making an effort to look after your own health and well-being will benefit both you and the person living with Parkinson’s, ensuring you’re in the best state to provide care. Sometimes, taking a break may involve considering a formal respite arrangement.

A range of respite services are available throughout Victoria, but it can be difficult to know where to start looking. Respite Victoria links you to the eight regional disability respite websites in Victoria. Each regional website links you to the Respite Service Search - local and statewide - and has locally-specific information, news and events.

Types of respite

Every care situation is different. What works for one family may not work for another. There are many different types of respite services available. Some common types of respite include:

In home: a support worker looks after the person you care for in your home 

Facility or residential based: your family member stays for a short period in a care facility such as an aged care home or supported accommodation.

Community based: the person you care for joins a day program at an adult day centre, neighbourhood house or community health centre. 

Recreation based: you and your family member can join organised recreation, social or leisure activities either together or separately.

Emergency respite: is sometimes available if you need to deal with sudden illness, accidents, family troubles or emergencies.

Not all respite opportunities may be available in your area and most will involve a cost. Your regional respite and carer support service can help you choose the best option and find out if financial assistance is available to help you to cover any cost.

For details on accessing respite, phone Respite Victoria on 1800 052 222, or visit


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