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1. Sign up for the weekly Respite South e-newsletter
The Respite South weekly newsletter contains the latest news about disability respite, recreation and carer support - delivered straight to your inbox every Monday.
Sign up to the e-newsletter on the Respite South home page.
2. MAKE A CALL
There are a number of services set up to assist people who are just starting to look for respite in the Southern Region.
Commonwealth Respite and CareLink Centre Southern Region
CareLine is a telephone service for carers. CareLine is the regional contact point for carers needing information, support, planned short term and urgent respite. CareLine assists carers of people with a disability to consider their immediate and short term needs for respite and support. A CareLine worker will discuss the range of options you have in accessing respite suitable to your needs and the person you support or care for, making the necessary arrangements for alternative care at home or in the community.
The Commonwealth Respite and CareLink Centre Southern Region can also provide other forms of support to carers. This may include, where required, access to qualified carer support workers who can provide short term emotional support and practical assistance to carers.
For more information, visit www.carersouth.org.au This is the website of the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre Southern Region.
Department of Human Services
This is the first point of contact at the Department of Human Services for people with a disability, their carers, or other services providers wishing to access information or support services. They provide information about disability related issues, community supports and a range of general and disability specific support.
Respite is available in many forms. Your local Council is a key contact if you are seeking respite in the home, or to ask about any other services they offer.
Services will vary between Councils. Contact your Council to discuss the available options. Below is a list of telephone contacts for each council in the southern metropolitan region:
Bayside City Council (intake) : 03 9599 4381
Cardinia Shire Council (Home and Community Care): 03 5941 5454
City of Casey (Reception): 03 9705 5444
Frankston City Council (Intake): 03 9784 1933
Glen Eira City Council (Reception): 03 9524 3333
City of Greater Dandenong (Home and Community Care): 03 8558 7902
City of Kingston (Home and Community Care): 03 9581 4876
Mornington Peninsula Shire (Reception): 1300 850 600
City of Port Phillip (Reception): 03 9209 6777
Stonnington City Council (Home and Community Care): 03 8290 3224
3. SEARCH FOR SERVICES
Search for respite services using the Respite Finder tool. Add in some details, including the age of the person, their disability and what type of respite you're looking for and you will get a list of service providers you can contact .