More options for Wide Bay residents caring for older family

WIDE Bay residents caring for older family member or friends now have more options to take a break or to get help at home.

Suncare Community Services has new respite opportunities available that provide affordable at-home help and cottage style respite for carers in the Wide Bay and Burnett regions.

"Suncare's new flexible respite options offer affordable help for those who care for someone who is frail but not quite ready to step up to that higher level of care at-home care," area manager Tanya Stevenson said.

"These respite options can be used by carers who need a little bit of help at home on a regular basis or who want to plan a short break away," she said.

At-home respite can include assistance with tasks like housework, personal care or shopping and starts from $12 per service.

Cottage style respite provides a home-away-from home experience where guests are supported by a qualified Suncare support worker.

"Cottage respite is great for those who want to plan a short break away but aren't comfortable leaving the person they look after at home on their own," Mrs Stevenson said.

"Our cottages in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg are disability accessible and, you have peace of mind that your loved one is being looked after by our support staff," she said.

The new respite options, subsidised by the Australian Government Commonwealth Home Support Programme, are available to people who care for someone who is frail and over 65 years of aged or over 50 years for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

Contact Suncare Community Services in Hervey Bay on 4124 7288 or Bundaberg 4151 6400 to register through My Aged Care to access these services.


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