Community Based Support Tasmania

Information on the types of carer support I can ask for

Carer Support (Carer Respite) Services

At Community Based Support (CBS) we understand that every caring role is different. As such, we provide a range of short term and emergency carer respite options to suit your individual needs.

 

The support available to you will depend upon your individual circumstances. When you register as a carer with Community Based Support the Carer Support services team member you speak with will explain which program you qualify for and will also suggest some support options that may suit your current needs.

 

There are 4 Commonwealth funded programs available to carers:

 

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

 

In and out of home supports may include:           

 

      • In Home Respite care, providing a break from the caring role so you can have some time to do the things you like;
      • Personal Care, helping with showering, drying, dressing etc.;
      • Domestic Assistance, assisting with general household chores;
      • Social Support, assisting with shopping, accessing the community, paying bills etc.;
      • Gardening and Spring Cleaning, helping to keep the garden and larger cleaning jobs in order;
      • Home Maintenance tasks such as changing tap washers, changing light bulbs, fixing cupboard door hinges, etc.;
      • Out of Home Respite – this is usually a short-term stay in an aged care facility;
      • Emergency Respite – This is for those times that you are unexpectedly unable to provide care for the person you are caring for. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days of the week, including public holidays.

 

For more information about the full range of support services available from CBS, please visit our all services’ page.

 

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

 

In and out of home supports may include:           

 

  • In Home Respite care, providing a break from the caring role so you can have some time to do the things you like;
  • Personal Care, helping with showering, drying, dressing etc.;
  • Domestic Assistance, assisting with general household chores;
  • Social Support, assisting with shopping, accessing the community, paying bills etc.;
  • Gardening and Spring Cleaning, helping to keep the garden and larger cleaning jobs in order when your caring responsibilities become such that you might need a helping hand;
  • Home Maintenance tasks such as changing tap washers, changing light bulbs, fixing cupboard door hinges, etc.;
  • Out of Home Respite – this is usually a short-term stay in an aged care facility;
  • Emergency Respite – Emergency respite is provided to support the carer only. If the person you care for is experiencing a mental health crisis and you require emergency assistance, please contact the Mental Health Service Helpline on 1800 332 388.

 

3. Respite Support for Carers of Young People with a Severe and Profound Disability (RSCYP): Providing short term, 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 person who has dementia, is frail aged, has an ongoing illness, or who has a physical disability. This program also assists young people to remain in school by providing educational support services, this may include:

 

  • Tutoring session;
  • Purchasing required school items.

 

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 our page titled ‘Information on the types of supports I can ask for’.

Education and Training

Free education and training sessions are provided to carers who are eligible for the NRCP and MH:CS programs. These sessions aim to assist with the caring role and may include training such as ‘supporting a person with depression’, ‘managing difficult behaviours’, ‘mental health first aid’, ‘self-care’ and the list goes on. This training can be provided in a group setting or one on one if required. If you are in need of training in your caring role, please contact us to see where we can help you.  A program of all free events and activities on offer is sent to registered carers every 3 months.

 

Counselling sessions can also be arranged for carers, providing someone to talk to when things become a little difficult.

 

Visit here  for more information on what is currently on offer to registered carers at CBS.

What does ‘short term support’ mean?

All carer supports are provided on a short term basis. Short term support can range anywhere from one day of support to many weeks depending on your situation. Short term should not be confused with ‘One off’ support.   Short term support can be requested more than once, however, it can only be delivered on a short term basis. For ongoing support, please visit our aged care  and / or disability support  pages.

 

On initial contact with CBS a staff member will take you through a short phone assessment to gain information on your caring role. During this time they will discuss support options with you and develop a ‘care plan’ that will assist you and the person you care for. This care plan will include a start and end date of support which is reflective of your current needs. This start and end date is agreed upon by you and CBS.

Carer Support (Carer Respite) Services

At Community Based Support (CBS) we understand that every caring role is different. As such, we provide a range of short term and emergency carer respite options to suit your individual needs.

 

The support available to you will depend upon your individual circumstances. When you register as a carer with Community Based Support the Carer Support services team member you speak with will explain which program you qualify for and will also suggest some support options that may suit your current needs.

 

There are 4 Commonwealth funded programs available to carers:

 

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

For more information about the full range of support services available from CBS, please visit our all services’ page.

 

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

 

    • Please note: – This program offers emergency respite the carer only. If the person you care for is experiencing a mental health crisis and you require emergency assistance, please contact the Mental Health Service Helpline on 1800 332 388.

 

3. Respite Support for Carers of Young People with a Severe and Profound Disability (RSCYP): Providing short term, 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 person who has dementia, is frail aged, has an ongoing illness, or who has a physical disability. This program also assists young people to remain in school by providing educational support services, this may include:

 

  • Tutoring session;
  • Purchasing required school items.

 

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 our page titled ‘Information on the types of supports I can ask for’.

What does ‘short term support’ mean?

All carer supports are provided on a short term basis. Short term support can range anywhere from one day of support to many weeks depending on your situation. Short term should not be confused with ‘One off’ support.   Short term support can be requested more than once, however, it can only be delivered on a short term basis. For ongoing support, please visit our aged care  and / or disability support  pages.

 

On initial contact with CBS a staff member will take you through a short phone assessment to gain information on your caring role. During this time they will discuss support options with you and develop a ‘care plan’ that will assist you and the person you care for. This care plan will include a start and end date of support which is reflective of your current needs. This start and end date is agreed upon by you and CBS.

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.

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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?

Yes!

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