Respite and Carer Support

  • Respite and Carer Support

Cootharinga Respite and Carer Support can ensure you have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in safe hands.  Our support workers are friendly, respectful and appropriately skilled to provide a short break to you from your caring role.  We recognise it’s often the little things that make a big difference. 
Our respite support provides help in your home, at the Activity and Respite Centre or in the community. Respite can be planned or happen in response to a crisis or an emergency situation.  It can be delivered at a regular time each week or arranged only as required.  Respite can last a few hours, overnight or for several days.
Respite and Carer support can assist with independent living skills, access to community activities and interests, personal care, household tasks, recreational or sporting activities.  Our focus is the person we support and assisting them to achieve their needs, wants and desires.

Respite and Carer Support provides five types of respite services

• Flexible Respite 
• “At Risk” respite throughout Far North Queensland
• Older Carers Initiative, respite for older carers within Townsville, Mackay and the Burdekin
• Centre based respite at the Activity and Respite Centre
• Vacation Care in Townsville

  • Flexible Respite

Flexible Respite’s supports families in their homes or within the community to assist with the development of increasing skills, abilities and building relationships.  The focus is on maximising the potential of a person to achieve their goals and aspirations.

  • At  Risk Respite

The ‘At Risk’ support provides funding for people requiring assistance due to emergency situations throughout the year.  Support can be provided to families for an unplanned or emergency situation when a family member/carer requires immediate support.

  • Older Carers Initiative - Townsville, Mackay, Burdekin 

The capacity of older  carers to continue caring for their family member with a disability diminishes over time. As carers age they can experience failing health, reduced energy and exhaustion. Consequently, the need for support, particularly respite support, increases as carers’ age. Through the Older Carers Initiative, respite can be provided for people living with a disability and their families as well as seeking alternate long term support arrangements.

  • Activity and Respite Centre

Cootharinga’s Activity and Respite Centre, or ARC as it is commonly known, is a home away from home, it has

  • 5 air-conditioned bedrooms
  • large open plan lounge/dining/activity room
  • large flat screen TV and X-Box
  • Enclosed central courtyard and BBQ,
  • Fully equipped kitchen and laundry
  • Computer gaming room
  • Chill-out/sensory room
  • Community garden
  • All surrounded by a beautiful parkland of trees

ARC is open weekly from 9am Thursday to 9am Monday and can cater for 10 guests per day and 5 overnight.

During your stay you can be active and energetic or just relax and recharge.  The team at ARC plan an exciting range of activities for you to participate in, such as:

  • Group outings – Sporting events – Football, Basketball, V8’s, movies, restaurants, Festivals, Expo’s, fishing and picnic  adventures, theatre and much more
  • Group activities at ARC – cooking, arts and crafts, sports, music and drawing classes, theme days
  • Learning skills for independence - cooking lessons, using a washing machine, ironing clothes, making a bed etc.

We can meet your individual needs.  We can accommodate different dietary and cultural requirements. Our centre is fully accessible and includes specialised equipment such as, adjustable beds etc.

The team at ARC provides you with all the support you need. There is one team member to every three guests during day activities and two for overnight guests until 9pm. A team member will sleepover each night and can support you during the night if requested.

We are proud of our Centre and quality service and will do whatever possible to ensure your stay is enjoyable.

  • Vacation Care

Cootharinga provides a School Holiday Program in Townsville. It is open 9am-4pm - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of every school holidays. The age group is 7yrs to 18 yrs.

The outcomes are:

  • participants engaging in sports, arts and crafts, music, theatre, etc. and  activities out in the Community – swimming, picnic’s, inclusion into other community group holiday programs – City Council, Library etc.
  • participants are involved in Recreational activities with other local sporting Clubs
  • to encourage social connection in groups and making friendships
  • for older participants to have the opportunity to develop as junior leaders in the program
  • to allow parents to have that much needed break over the school holidays