Cootharinga provides a quality range of respite options through its Respite Service, delivering regular planned, time limited breaks, for families and caregivers. It allows peace of mind and relaxation for the caregiver while having a break with the knowledge that the person usually 'cared for' is being provided with support in their absence. 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 services can be provided for people living with a disability and their families as well as seeking alternate long term support arrangements.
Respite and Carer Support
Cootharinga Respite and Carer Support Services 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 service 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 in the Townsville region
• “At Risk” respite throughout Far North Queensland
• Older Carers Initiative, respite for older carers within Townsville and Mackay region
• Centre based respite at the Activity and Respite Centre
• STARS – Skills, Training, Activities, Recreation and Surprises for school leavers
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’ service 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.