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Can help organise respite, after hours care in times of crisis or emergency, access respite in nursing homes or hostels, lend an ear to listen to you, assist with the cost of respite when needed and referral to other services for ongoing support. Also Ageing Carers of People with a Disability Project, Mental Health Respite Program and Young Carers at risk program

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Information, advice and referral respite service incl emergency/short term. Assistance is prioritised

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In home respite, recreational respite, group activities, individual activities and out of home respite, for people with a disability. Each family decides how they will use their package of funds to purchase respite e.g. a couple of hours each afternoon, a weekend off, or a holiday away. Initial assessment will be arranged. The Independent Allocations Committee meets every six months to allocate funding packages on Relative Needs of family and client. Other Sunnyfield Centres - Lisarow Day Service ph. 4329 4099 & Charmhaven Day Service ph. 4393 9344

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Provides planned respite for carers of people with a disability, frail older people or people with dementia. Support can take place in the home or in the community using a veriety of services and facilities. The respite can be flexibly tailored to meet the family's needs.

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This service provides in-home emergency respite when a critical incident has occurred and the carer is unable to care for the person they usually care for. Service is provided for a maximum of 72 hours. Telephone assessment. Emergency care plans are encouraged. Purchases staff from nursing services where required.

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Respite is a break from the responsibility of looking after someone. The service can assist you by providing emergency and planned respite, information and links to existing respite networks within your local area. It can provide information and advice about respite options; provide financial assistance for respite when needed; work with carers to plan options which suit their needs and the needs of the person they care for; assist in identify gaps in service provision for carers; help carers establish carer support groups; provide training, information and support to carers within the region.

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Respite, companionship, personal shopping / transport, some food preparation and personal care provided in the Marrickville LGA. Services may be extended to other areas if purchased by other projects. There are sixteen languages spoken including: Arabic, Greek, Italian, Filipino, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Maltese, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Spanish. The organisation also sponsors 2 language specific support groups, which meet monthly, usually at St. Peters Town Hall: Portuguese Carers Group, Spanish Speaking Blind Group. There is a waiting period as at June 2006.

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The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre offers information and referral on all respite options and provision of planned short term respite or emergency unplanned respite via a brokerage model.

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Respite for carers of: Frail aged over 65 or 50 ATSI and Young people with disabilities who are aged over 18 years of age who have a carer and who reside in Gosford or Wyong local government areas. Assessment for eligibility takes place, care plan is developed and services are monitored by a co-ordinator.

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Young Carers at risk Program is aimed at young carers who are completing secondary education or vocational equivalent. The person is the primary carers to a parent, partner, child, relative or friend who has a disability, is frail aged or has a severe mental or physical condition. The aim is to provide respite to prevent the carer from leaving school earlier than planned due to their caring role.

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This program provides information, camps, workshops and support about respite options available to carers, which including regular respite during school term or additional respite for young carer to undertake activities such as study, exams, trainings or recreational activities.

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Far West Family Day Care & In Home Care Services provide a flexible form of child care where care is provided in the childs home by an approved carer. Care is monitored and supported by an approved agency (Far West Family Day Care) to ensure quality outcome for children.

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The Aboriginal Flexible Respite Program in DADHC's Western Region helps Aboriginal families to continue caring for their family member with a disability. The program aims to provide culturally appropriate support to clients and their families. A funding package can be used to provide assitance for you, the person you care for or your family to continue caring for a person with a disability. Antyhing that will provide a rest from your caring responsibilities will be considered. It might be a short break each week for you, or a longer break for the whole family. The assistance might be regular in-home support or recreational activities for the person with a disability. The main purpose of the program is that you, as the carer, have some time out from your day to day responsibilities and have the opportunity to do something for yourself.

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