Community Based Support Tasmania

Emergency Carer Respite Support

Emergency Carer Support Tasmania

Community Based Support (CBS) understands that every caring role is different, situations can change, and the unexpected can happen. To give you peace of mind all of our registered carers are able to access 24 hour, 7 day a week, emergency respite support.


These services are only available in an emergency and provide you with short term in and out of the home respite support as soon as possible. This support is not intended for medical or mental health emergencies.


What is considered an emergency?   

An emergency is any situation in which a carer requires immediate assistance in their caring role due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. a carer may be unwell or hospitalised for a short period of time).


What supports are available?

Emergency supports are limited to short term, in and out of home supports including:

  • In Home Respite care, providing a break from the caring role;
  • Out of Home Respite at a suitable facility, providing carers with a break from the caring role;
  • Personal Care, helping with showering, drying, dressing etc.;


All other support services such as domestic assistance and gardening supports are not considered an urgent need. These supports can be discussed and organised during normal office hours. Please visit this page to see more information about the types of support services you can ask for.


Should your emergency occur within office hours a CBS staff member will discuss with you the short term support required and organise a worker to be at your home as soon as possible. If required, we can assist in arranging long term or ongoing support needs. If the emergency occurs outside normal office hours support will be organised until the next working day when a CBS staff member will contact you to discuss support options.


How can I contact CBS to access Emergency Respite Support?

Our Emergency respite support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Contact us on Freecall 1800 052 222* (Southern Tasmania only), or 03 6208 6600.


This support is not intended for medical emergencies.  Should you or the person you care for require urgent medical assistance contact Emergency Services on 000.


If you or the person you care for are experiencing a mental health crisis please call the Mental Health Service Helpline on 1800 332 388.