Community Based Support Tasmania

Help in my caring role but I am new to all of this

Community Based Support (CBS) operates The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) in Southern Tasmania. CRCC provides a range of short term and emergency services to assist carers in their caring role. We understand that every caring role is different and our experienced and qualified staff can help to ensure your needs (and the needs of the person you care for) are met by:

  • creating individualised short term care plans;
  • providing assistance to set up ongoing support options;
  • organising a break from your caring role;
  • connecting you with the community in which you live (including other carers); and
  • providing peace of mind with our 24 hour emergency respite service.

 

Our services are funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS), however, if for some reason you do not qualify for government funded support, you can purchase all services privately with CBS.

 

There are 4 different Commonwealth funded programs available to carers depending on your unique situation:

 

1. National Respite for Carers program (NRCP): Providing short term in and out of home respite, education and training opportunities, and emergency respite to those caring for a person who has dementia, is frail aged, has an ongoing illness or has a physical disability.

 

2. Mental Health Respite: Carer Support (MH:CS): Providing short term in and out of home respite, education and training opportunities, and emergency respite to those caring for a person with an ongoing mental illness or intellectual disability. This program does not require the person to have a formal diagnosis of mental illness.

 

If the person you care for is eligible to receive National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding (NDIS) please contact NDIS on 1800 800 110, visit www.ndis.gov.au, or click here  for more information about the NDIS. Alternatively, you can contact the Carer Support team at CBS to discuss your situation.

 

3. Respite Support for Carers of Young People with a Severe and Profound Disability (RSCYP): Providing emergency and unplanned respite services for carers of children, 5 years and over, with a severe disability.

 

Eligible recipients for this program have severe disabilities in one or more of the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Mobility
  • Ability to complete day to day tasks (e.g. dressing, washing, toileting, feeding)

 

If the person you care for is eligible to receive National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding (NDIS) please contact NDIS on 1800 800 110, visit www.ndis.gov.au, or click here for more information about the NDIS. Alternatively, you can contact the Carer Support team at CBS to discuss your situation.

 

4. Young Carers Respite and Information Services (YC): Providing short term emergency and unplanned respite services for school aged youth (under 18 years of age) caring for a loved one with an ongoing disability, illness, dementia, or who is frail aged. This program also assists young people to remain in school by providing educational support services (e.g. tutoring and financial aid).

 

If the person you care for is eligible to receive National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding (NDIS) please contact NDIS on 1800 800 110, visit www.ndis.gov.au, or click here for more information about the NDIS. Alternatively, you can contact the Carer Support team at CBS to discuss your situation.

 

For more information on specific supports available under each program, what qualifies as ‘short term’ support, and information on emergency respite please visit here.

Do I qualify as a carer?

A carer is someone living in the community who provides ongoing care for a person with a permanent disability or ongoing illness. The carer is not employed by that person.

 

A carer may:

  • Be living with or living separate from the person being cared for;
  • Be of school age or older;
  • Be receiving carer payments from Centrelink (pension or allowance), however, this is not a requirement to access CRCC funding;
  • Have any form of relationship with the recipient (e.g. spouse, friend, neighbour etc.);
  • Be providing emotional and/or physical support to the person they are caring for.

 

In order to determine your eligibility as a carer each individual will undertake an assessment with a CBS staff member. This is usually done over the phone, but can be arranged in person if requested. At the point of assessment the CBS staff member will also advise which program you qualify for and will suggest support options available under this program which best assist your current needs. The assessment usually takes around 15 to 30 minutes of your time.

How do I get help?

Contact Community Based Support directly to discuss your support needs. With your permission, another family member/friend, service provider, doctor, or health care professional can request support on your behalf.

 

If the support request comes from someone other than you, the Carer Support team will contact you to talk to you about your caring role and to develop a short term care plan to suit your individual needs.

 

If you would like to speak to someone about support for Carers, please contact the Carer Support team at Community Based Support on Freecall 1800 052 222* (Southern Tasmania only) or 03 6208 6600. Alternatively you can contact us via email or our Facebook page.

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What does it cost?

The cost of short term carer support depends on the carer program you qualify for, the level of support requested, whether government funding is available to cover some of the costs, and your yearly income. Currently, if you’re receiving a full pension, the National Respite for Carers Program can provide support from just $5. The CBS Carer Support team member will discuss the service cost with you when the request for support is made.

 

There is no cost to attend our education and training activities, events, and outings which are available for those carers who qualify for the National Respite for Carers and Mental Health Respite: Carer Support programs. More information on these activities and events can be found here.

Can I Buy these Services?

If government funding is not available or extra support is required, CBS offers self-funded support services. These can be found here.