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Carer Respite & Support Services

Service Description / Overview

Carer Respite and Support Services is funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian State Governments. 

We recognise and respect the role of the individual carer as part of the care relationship.  Our service provides a single point of contact for you, the carer, to access information that can assist you in your caring role.

A carer is someone of any age who provides sustained care and assistance to a family member, friend or neighbour who has needs related to a medical or health condition, age and frailty or disability.

Service and Assistance Provided

Our staff can:

  • Reinforce the value and significance of your role as a carer, and support you to access opportunities which may benefit your caring role and relationships
  • Link you with local support services, groups, and other carers
  • Provide information about opportunities for respite, and assist you to plan and access respite services (respite provides a short-term break from the caring role, and time to find a balance between caring for others and caring for yourself)
  • Provide you with short-term individual case management
  • Provide condition specific information, education programs and newsletters

Service Eligibility

Carers may be eligible for this short-term support if they are caring for a person:

  • Who has dementia
  • Who is frail and over 65 years or who is an Aboriginal person over 50 years
  • Who is under 65 years and has a functional disability
  • As a young carer
  • Who is need of palliative care

Contact Details

Central Highlands
Email: carers@bhs.org.au
Telephone: 5333 7104
Fax: 5333 7141
Location: 106 Market Street, Ballarat 
Postal: PO Box 199, Ballarat, 3353

Central Grampians
Email: carerstaff@grampianscommunityhealth.org.au
Telephone: 5358 7400
Fax: 5358 4113
Location: 8-22 Patrick Street, Stawell

Wimmera
Email: wcoadmin@whcg.org.au
Telephone: 5381 9336
Fax: 5381 9120
Location: 185 Baillie Street, Horsham