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Flexible Respite for Carers of People Who Are Ageing

Do you assist someone who is ageing with the activities of daily living?

Need a break? Carers ACT’s flexible respite service can help

Our flexible respite service is one of the many ways we can assist ACT resident carers to have a break.

It is specifically funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to provide for carers of people who are ageing ie 65 years or older (or 50 years or older if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander).


What Is Flexible Respite?

Every care situation is different. What works for one family may not work for another. Using a combination of respite options allows for more flexibility and personal preferences when taking some time out from the caring role.

Respite means different things to different people and it can occur in different places. It can vary from a couple of hours, to a few days or weeks.

The services we provide to enable you to take a break can include:

Short-term Support:

Longer-term Support:

How to Arrange a Flexible Respite Service

Follow the three simple steps below. Once you’re assessed as eligible, we’ll match our services to suit your needs.

1 Visit the MyAgedCare website or call the information line on 1800 052 222
2 Once assessed, choose to be with Carers ACT as a provider of your flexible respite.
3 Call our Carer Support team on 1800 052 222 to find out more.


Other Supports

Dementia  Australia has produced a comprehensive booklet that outlines respite options for people over the age of 65.  Flexible Respite Brochure Information for Consumers


Related Pages

Emergency Respite

Short Stays in Aged Care Homes (Residential Respite)

Feelings of Reluctance on Respite

Making the Most of Respite

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