Caring for someone can be physically and emotionally exhausting, but regular breaks can help relieve stress. Find out about respite care here.
Respite care for carers of people with dementia
Caring for a person with dementia can be rewarding, but it can be physically and emotionally tiring. It’s important to take regular breaks from your caring role (respite).
Types of respite
Respite care can be given informally by family, neighbours and friends, or it can be provided by formal respite services.
Planning access to respite services
Trusted information about planning access to respite services, including dealing with respite care staff and taking regular breaks.
Assessment for respite
Respite care is a short stay in an aged-care home. An assessment works out how much help you need, and the types of services you're eligible to receive.
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.
Help and support for carers of people with dementia
Trusted information on caring for someone with dementia, including help and support for family, friends and carers of people living with dementia
Health and safety of carers of persons with dementia
It’s very important for carers of people with dementia to look after their own health and make sure the home environment is safe for them as well.
Younger onset dementia
People under 65 can develop so-called younger onset dementia. Learn about planning, legal rights and respite care for people with early onset dementia.
Huntington's affects the nervous system and worsens over time. Symptoms include difficulty controlling limbs, and cognitive and emotional changes.