Respite care

We recognise the valuable and important role of carers and understand that carers also need support and the occasional break. Yarra’s respite care service offers both in-house and centre-based services to give carers a break from their caring role.

About respite care

Our in-house respite care service is provided in your home. These sessions usually occur at a pre-arranged time although they can sometimes be arranged on an ad hoc or emergency basis. Feel comfortable discussing your needs with us, including the length of respite care and the type of care that will suit your circumstances.

Children with disabilities

Council has a respite service for carers of disabled children to enable parents/caregivers the opportunity to participate in family, social and community activities.

To receive the service, an assessment would be undertaken by an assessment officer. The services provided may include:

  • Respite care within the family home
  • Personal care
  • Independence/skills promotion
  • Recreation and outings
  • School holiday support

To access Council’s respite service, you will need to be assessed as eligible by an Assessment Officer.


  • When the referral is accepted we will contact you to arrange a visit by one of Council’s Assessment Officers, to discuss your needs and the services available.
  • If your situation is urgent, we can organise services very quickly. If not, there may be a wait of several weeks before services start.
  • A low fee will be charged and this will be discussed with you at the time of assessment.

Further information
Aged and Disability Services
9205 5285

National Relay Service
 users phone 133 677 then ask for 03 9205 5555.
Speak & Listen users (speech-to-speech relay) phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 9205 5555.
Internet relay users connect to the National Relay Service via and then ask for 03 9205 5555.

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