During these teenage years, families may experience a greater need for respite. In Victoria, there are different types of respite supports and services available including:  

  • in-home support – a support worker will look after the person with a disability in their home, giving the regular carer a break
  • overnight or weekend facility-based services  
  • community-based respite – including one-on-one or group outings, social or leisure activities, camps and school holiday programs
  • host family – care in the home of a volunteer or host family for a child or young person with a disability (usually over a weekend).
  • Support might be available for a couple of hours, a day, a weekend, a week or more (although availability of respite supports and services does vary in different areas).
  • Emergency respite might also be available for carers who, unexpectedly, cannot undertake their care role – for example, if they need to go into hospital.

We recommend that you discuss your respite needs with your support coordinator or local disability service providers.