Younger Onset Dementia Association Inc

What is a Carer? 

A carer is a family member or friend who provides ongoing, unpaid care and support to a person who has a dementia, disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail. A young carer is a person under the age of 25 years who takes on this role.

Carers sometimes need support to keep going. Caring can be emotionally and physically exhausting and by taking regular breaks for yourself you will be able to continue supporting your loved one for longer.
These breaks are called respite care

As a carer you may need a break for a few hours or a few days, or you may need help for a short period, such as if you are ill or recovering from an illness. Respite care is a chance for you and the person you care for to take a break. This can be:

  • in your home, with care ranging from a few hours a week to overnight care;
  • community based respite which takes place out of home, in the wider community 
  • in a Day Care Centre which provides full or half day care; or
  • in a residential aged care home for two or three weeks, up to a maximum of 63 days per annum


Handy contacts

Commonwealth Carer Respite and Carelink  1800 052 222

Carers Australia

Carer Advisory and Counselling Service 1800 242 636 

National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500

Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services (DBMAS) 1800 699 799

Alzheimers Australia


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