Three decades of local respite care and support

HDRC Services is a local not-for-profit organisation that has been providing social programs, respite care and support services for people living with dementia or a disability for over 30 years.



Our dementia and aged support services are designed and delivered using the principles of the Montessori approach for dementia. This respected teaching method focuses on maintaining each person’s individual interests, abilities and skills.

By offering engaging activities that have real meaning and purpose, we encourage independence and improve general wellbeing of each client.


Social Group Programs

Our dementia programs are available at our Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton centres and are designed to provide carers with a regular break from their 24/7 role.

But, they’re far from being a ‘minding service’. Incorporating innovative Montessori principles, our day centre activities are designed to:

  • Engage each client and encourage social interaction.

  • Improve general wellbeing and independence.

  • Slow memory loss and the progression of dementia.

  • Strengthen family bonds, and

  • Help keep people with dementia living at home longer.

Our professional staff can also help carers and families better understand dementia and create a more dementia-friendly home environment.

In-Home Support

If you require respite support in your home, a highly trained HDRC Services’ In-Home Support Worker can visit for an hourly fee. Each of our staff is experienced in supporting people living with dementia.

From 27th February 2017, HDRC Services becomes an approved aged care service provider, able to assist older people to manage their government-funded Home Care Package. Developed with your input, Home Care Packages include individually planned and coordinated support services designed to keep you living at home by offering choice and flexibility in the way care and support is delivered.

Read more about HDRC Services’ dementia and aged support services Or call our Intake Coordinator on 65841115 to discuss your needs.


For people with disabilities we provide a number of programs that cover respite and leisure.

For people living with a diagnosed disability, we offer a range of respite and leisure opportunities. Activities are provided for all age groups – from children to older adults. These include:

  • Short-term respite breaks.

  • In-home and out-of-home respite care.

  • Community-based leisure activities.

Our Family Program offers carers scheduled respite breaks. Support may be available for as little as a few hours to overnight stays, depending on the availability of funding. We will assist families secure respite funding when vacancies are identified on the Mid-North Coast.

Please note, HDRC Services does not provide emergency respite. For emergency respite please contact Commonwealth Respite on 1800 052 222.

Let’s Link provides day, evening, and weekend programs for adults aged 18-65 who are living with a diagnosed disability, allowing them to spend time with their peers in creative, age-appropriate recreational and leisure activities.

(Please note, Let’s Link is for people with a disability who live with a carer. Please contact us if you live independently – we may be able to assist you.)

The Zone is an after-school and school holiday program of activities for children aged 6-17 with a diagnosed disability.

Please call Intake Coordinator to learn more about HDRC Services’ disability respite and support services. Please call 6584 1153.