Why plan a break
Caring for someone can be physically and emotionally tiring. It’s OK to want some time for yourself, and taking a break allows you to reduce your stress and recharge.
Planning regular breaks and taking time out can help you to avoid stress.
It’s a good idea to plan ahead because respite services are often busy and can get booked out. Booking early gives you a better chance of finding the respite that suits you, when you want it.
Respite care can also help the person you care for. They may like a change of scene, to socialise and meet new people, or take part in activities not available at home.
Call the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 (or 1800 059 059 after hours) if you need to arrange respite care