Who can get respite
Whether you can get respite care depends on the sort of care needed and who provides the care.
In most cases, you and the person you care for will be assessed to find out if you can get respite care. You and the assessor can also talk about and decide which services would best suit you and the person you care for.
The assessment may be a phone conversation or a meeting. Various organisations provide respite care, and the assessment will be different depending on the organisation.If the person you care for has disability, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may be able to arrange respite care for them. If the person you care for is aged over 65, My Aged Care may be able to arrange respite care for them.
If you need respite care in an emergency, call your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 (or 1800 059 059 after hours). They may also be able to tell you about other respite options, or you can talk with disability services or Carers Australia in your state or territory.