Respite (Getting a break)
Are you tired? Do you need a break? ‘Respite’ is another word for taking a break from your caring role. Everyone needs a break and respite is very important to ensure that you are looking after your own wellbeing. Respite for you may mean hanging out with other young carers at a support group or attending a camp or fun day. You can check out the events section for info about upcoming and ongoing activities for young carers.
Sometimes there might be a lot going on at home and it might be difficult for you to stop and take a break. You might need a little bit of extra help. When carers are struggling to take a break from caring, the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) in your area may be able to help out. The CRCC can let you know what support you can get to help you to take a break and may be able to arrange some respite assistance. Examples of respite assistance may include in-home help to look after your loved one; support workers to assist your family when you are taking a break away from home and residential respite care (when your loved one stays somewhere else for a short time). You can contact the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 to find out what options you have. You can also call the Young Carer Team on (02) 9280 4744 to chat about what is available in your area.
Depending on your individual situation, you or a family member may be able to access financial assistance from Centrelink. Each payment has particular eligibility criteria so while it’s worth looking into these options, some young carers may not receive any financial support from Centrelink. See below for a brief overview of the payments available to carers and young people. For more info, check out the Department of Human Services website.
You can contact Centrelink directly to discuss your individual situation on 13 27 17. You can also call the Carer Line on 1800 242 636 to chat about your eligibility or for help with making an application.