Respite is a planned, short-term break for families and the primary Carers of children, young people and adults living with a disability.
We believe respite should be a positive experience that benefits everyone. As well as providing the Carer with a break from the demands of the caring role, respite should be a positive and meaningful experience for their loved one.
HRDC believes respite support services should be:
PERSONALISED, so they help people to build their own support networks and make formal and informal links that connect them to the broader community. Respite choices should be determined by each individual, supported by their Carer and family.
FLEXIBLE enough to meet the changing needs of the individual, their Carer and family, while offering the appropriate level of support when it’s needed.
FOCUSED on early intervention by providing practical support at an early stage to prevent families from reaching crisis point.
AGE-APPROPRIATE to enable the person with a disability to have similar opportunities and experiences as their peers.
People are eligible to receive respite service if they have a disability that is attributable to an intellectual, sensory, physical or similar impairment, or to a combination of such impairments. The disability must be permanent or likely to be permanent.
Each of HDRC Services’ disability support programs has eligibility guidelines. To discuss your eligibility to access these services, please contact our Intake Coordinator on 6584 1153.