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Respite care is a short-term care arrangement in which a person is looked after by someone other than their normal caregiver.

This gives the primary caregiver a break, which can help relieve stress and promote balance in the carer's life. Respite care can be provided in the person's own home, day-care centres or overnight residential or nursing homes.

Respite care can also assist the person being cared for by providing social stimulation and a positive change of routine.

Respite in the community

Respite at home

Find information about respite in the home

Centre-based day respite

Find information about centre-based day respite

Other types of respite

Other types of respite

Find information about emergency website, flexible respite, overnight respite and respite in aged care facilities


We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land, waterways and culture. We pay our respect to all Australian Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past, present and future generations.

We would like to express our gratitude to all the healthy ageing advocates, including people living with dementia, older people, families, carers and health professionals, who contributed to the development of this portal. Thank you for sharing your stories and transferring your knowledge to make this portal purposeful and meaningful to support people in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.