Respite options – 1800 052 222
Respite offers carers a break from their caring role. Sometimes this can come in the form of formal services that provide help to the person they care for – this can give carers a break from some aspects of their caring role.
To find out about the services available to help older people over 65 years (and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people over 50 years) visit the My Aged care site.
Here you will find information about aged care services and what you need to do to receive them.
If you are caring for a person with a disability, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) site contains information on disability support services and packages of care.
Carers may also want to explore longer breaks, including out of home respite or emergency respite care.
Not sure where to start?
Contact the District’s Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 (during business hours) or 1800 059 059 (for emergency respite support outside business hours) or the Carer Support Unit on 02 4320 5556 for information and support with finding the right option for you.
About Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre
The Central Coast Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) is funded by the Australian Government. CRCC can assist with the provision of short term and/or emergency respite. We also provide a single point of contact for the general public, service providers, general practitioners and other health professionals for information on community, aged and disability services and carer support.
Support for carers
We also operate or can link you into services that are designed to support and assist relatives and friends caring for someone at home.
These services provide:
- Information and support for carers
- Assistance to help carers take a break from caring (this is called respite)
- Respite that takes place either in your home or in another community setting
- Short or longer periods of respite care in Residential Aged Care Facilities
- Urgent or emergency respite for short periods.
How do you find us?
We can be contacted by phoning freecall 1800 052 222. Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates.
You can also drop in and talk to a coordinator at the Centre at Suite 2, Ground Floor, Citigate Centre, 451 Pacific Highway, North Gosford. The Centre’s shop front is open 8 am until 4.30 pm Monday to Friday and Carer Respite assistance and information from 9 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.
Central Coast Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) map
For emergency respite outside normal business hours
Freecall 1800 052 222. Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates.
How to find a service?
Use ‘Find a Service’ to select the type of respite you are looking for. A list of services will appear on the left hand side of the screen. Click on the service you would like to know more about. The information for this service will appear on the right hand side of the screen. To find information about a different service, just click on the service name. To see the services on a map, click the words ‘Show as Map’ in the top left hand corner.