National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP)The National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP) is designed to support and assist carers. Cares are friends or family members caring at home for people who are unable to care for themselves because of disability or frailty.
The Program provides:
- information and support for carers; and
- assistance to help carers take a break from caring (this is called respite).
- More than 500 community based Respite Services;
- Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres; and
- The National Carer Counselling Program.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres (CCRCs)CCRCs provide a link to a wide range of community, aged care and support services available locally or across Australia, Centres provide information about services for older people, people with a disability, and those who provide care. Centres can also help carers with options to take a break through short-term and emergency respite services (based on assessed need). They can also provide advice and coordinate access to respite services in a carer’s local area.
Call your nearest Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222.
Further Carer InformationTo find out about NRCP services in your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre.
Further information and support available for carers includes:
- Carer Publications including the Carer Information Pack are available to download.
- Further Departmental carer information is available about Continence, Dementia, Mental Health and Palliative Care. Other Australian Government Departments and agencies that assist carers are the Department of Social Services Programs and Department of Veterans' Affairs.
- If you are caring for an older person or a person with a disability, you may be eligible for financial assistance such as Carer Allowance or Carer Payment that are available through Centrelink.
- Further information and support is available to carers from Carers Australia, a national organisation for carers of people with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail aged.
- The Residential Respite Care Manual explains the residential respite care components of the Aged Care Act 1997.
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