Emergency respite offers support to carers who are experiencing an urgent or unplanned event that temporarily restricts their ability to continue caring when no other services are available.

This could include:

  • An unplanned situation that prevents a carer from providing care required by the person they are caring for.
  • An unplanned event that threatens the health and safely of the person they are caring for.
  • An unplanned event that threatens the health and safely of a carer (including extremely high levels of strain and anxiety).

Carers SA may be able to contribute to the full or part cost of care alongside the contribution of a carer wherever possible.

Funds are only able to be used in emergency situations (for up to 48 hours of support), and all other types of planned respite care should be funded through other support services.

If you’re a carer facing an urgent, unexpected situation preventing you from fulfilling your responsibilities, there are options available.

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