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The Department of Social Services has announced that it will be offering funded carer service providers an extension of their current arrangements from 1 July, 2018. This means that services including the Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres can continue to provide short-term planned and emergency respite care, information and support for carers during the period of transition to the new Integrated Carer Support Service.

The Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre (CCRC) provides respite and support for carers in the Central West of NSW, who are caring for a family member or friend who has a disability, chronic illness, mental illness or frailty related to ageing. Carers can be any age from a young person at school supporting a parent or sibling, to an older person supporting their spouse or an older child living at home. Becoming a carer can happen at any time and sometimes happens following an accident, illness or because loved ones are getting older.   

The CCRC can provide information and support, and arrange respite care so that carers can have a break from their caring role. The Centre has funds to purchase short-term and emergency respite for eligible carers so that they can have time out if they are unwell, if they need to attend to appointments or want to catch up with family or friends, or if they just need some time to themselves.  

Contact: 1800 052 222 or [email protected]