Centre-Based Respite

Day Centre RespitePeople with dementia can attend centre-based facilities to participate in enjoyable activities and socialise with peers.

Watch the video of local people living with dementia and their experiences of centre-based respite:

Some centres cater for a range of individuals (e.g., aged, individuals with disability), while others are exclusively for people with dementia. Some services include transport to and from the facility, while private transport is necessary for other services.

Typical activities at centre-based respite includes:

  • Arts and crafts (e.g., painting)
  • Gardening
  • Story/poetry reading and writing
  • Cooking
  • Quizzes
  • Listening to and playing music
  • Singing and dancing
  • Physical activity classes and outdoor games
  • Movies

Some centres have ‘specialised’ activities, such as a ‘Men’s Shed’ which are workshops allowing clients to engage in woodworking and handicrafts.

For centre-based respite in your area visit  Find-a-service at MyAgedCare and enter your postcode and click the centre-based respite button.

Key Contacts

Planned Respite
My Aged Care: 1800 200 422

Emergency Respite
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre: 1800 052 222

Carer Gateway
1800 422 737

National Dementia Helpline
1800 100 500