Emergency Respite may be needed by carers who have an emergency and require an immediate, time-limited break such as if they:
- become ill and are hospitalised at short notice
- have other health needs that prevent them from being able to provide the person with dementia with their usual care
- have an emergency in the immediate family that requires the carer to be present
- have a death in the immediate family.
The Australian Government recommends that carers prepare for emergencies by completing an Emergency Care Plan. Having a plan in place can help you have confidence that if something goes wrong, the person you care for will still be looked after.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre
If you need emergency respite care then call the local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre. They provide a practical response service and all efforts will be made to locate a respite service out of hours for carers in an emergency situation. Centres are located throughout Australia and you can contact your nearest Centre by phoning:
Watch the video below of emergency respite experiences of people living with dementia and their carers/supporters: