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Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre
Wednesday 25 November 2009
Society member Valerie has let us know about a helpful service from the Australian Government:
The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre is an Australia- wide organisation which covers both city, regional and country throughout Australia. It is a free service, and support services are prioritised for carers as there could be immediate needs, if for example the carer was to suddenly become unable, for any reason what so ever, to care for the person with disability. It is also a respite service for the carer. It costs nothing to join. In some areas they have other services such as holidays, trips, outings and massage, etc. Some of these however, do cost a minimal amount, and some are also prioritised according to the individual situation. They also have a well-informed referral service in the case of special needs in other areas. Phone support is available as well. This can take the form of the carer ringing as they feel the need, and/ or having a call to them on a regular basis. There could be more services of which I am unaware.
I have used them quite a lot and have found them to be extremely reliable, pleasant, understanding and of equal or better service than form other service providers. However, it must be remembered that this is a respite service and is not to be used in place of other service providers that one has.
The one phone number across Australia is: 1800 052 222. This is a free call.
Web site: www9.health.gov.au/ccsd/
And from the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre website:
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are information centres for older people, people with disabilities and those who provide care and services. Centres provide free and confidential information on community aged care, disability and other support services available locally, interstate or anywhere within Australia.
The network of 54 Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres has around 65 'walk-in' shopfronts throughout Australia. Many shopfronts are conveniently located near, or within, shopping centres.
You can contact your nearest Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre by phoning a national telephone number Freecall™ 1800 052 222*. Anyone can contact a Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre and to date Centres have assisted over 500,000 people.
When you contact a Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre the staff at the Centre will discuss your situation with you, and give you information about the local services available or those you may benefit from. However, if you would like to search for services in your area yourself you can use our online search facility.
(* Calls from mobile phone are charged at applicable rates)
You can read more about the Centre here.
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