The Illawarra Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre is funded by the Department of Social Services to support carers in the Illawarra region, which extends from Helensburgh in the north to Durras in the south. This includes the areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven.
Who are carers?
A carer is someone who provides care and support for a relative or friend who:
- is a frail older person
- has a disability
- has a mental illness
- has dementia
- has a long term medical condition
- has a terminal illness
As a carer, making time for yourself is important for your own health and wellbeing.
What is respite?
Respite is a break from the responsibility of looking after someone. It may be for a few hours, a day, a night or even weeks. Respite is a way of relieving the stress of being a carer. Caring can be rewarding, but also exhausting, so carers need to take a break. It is important for carers to make time for themselves, for their own health and wellbeing. Finding respite that suits the carer and the person being cared for is also important.
Where does respite happen?
Respite can happen in a variety of settings that suit the carer or person being supported.
What can we offer you?
The Illawarra Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre can provide you with:
- information and advice about respite options
- emergency respite, for carers, who find themselves in a crisis situation such as the carer becoming ill or being hospitalised.
- help with organising short-term respite
- assistance to book and access residential respite
- support and information on long term respite options
- links to carer support, carer counselling or education groups
How do I contact you?
Call us on FREECALL™ 1800 052 222* (*calls from mobile phones charged at applicable rates) When you call you will speak to someone on the phone who will listen and support you in the best way we possibly can. So if you have any questions just ring and ask.