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More information about respite

Caring for a person can be very demanding, but you are not alone. There is help and support available to help you with your caring role.

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Services can tell you about respite services that may be available for you and the person you care for. They can help you to find respite care in your local area and answer questions about types and costs of respite. To find out more, visit Carer Gateway or call the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres on 1800 052 222.

The Australian Government provides information about care and support for people with dementia and their carers through My Aged Care. To find out more, visit the My Aged Care website or call them on 1800 200 422.

Carers Australia provides specialist services across Australia for carers, including counselling, advice and information. To find out more, visit the Carers Australia website or call them on 1800 242 636.

Commonwealth Carer Resource Centres provide carers with information and advice about relevant services and potential entitlements. You can call your closest Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre on 1800 052 222 and 1800 059 059.

Alzheimer's Australia offers support, information, education and counselling for people with any type of dementia, their carers and family. To find out more, visit the Alzheimer’s Australia website or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

Last reviewed: October 2016

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