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Afford Respite offers you and your family the chance to strengthen your relationship. Everyone needs a break every now and again to re-energise and refresh, so our respite program offers short term accommodation for an enjoyable break in a comfortable, relaxed and supportive environment.

Support If and When You Need It

Our Respite homes are staffed 24/7 to ensure there’s always someone on hand if and when needed, all meals are included, and the homes are fully furnished with modern conveniences to make your time there fun and engaging.

Our Respite services are supportive and vibrant environments, where you can feel safe to share your feelings, kick back and relax, or try new experiences and learn new skills.

Get Involved in Activities You Enjoy

Our Eschol Park Respite clients recently enjoyed a refreshing outing to Mount Annan Leisure Centre. Terry, Barbara and Merna cooled down in the water during Sydney’s intense heatwave and then enjoyed lunch out, not too far from the leisure centre, in Mount Annan Park. This is a popular lunch spot for the trio where they buy fish and chips and further strengthen their friendship.

Art and craft is an activity that is very popular with Respite visitors – it’s calming and is a form of self expression that can help to explore feelings, moods and emotions. Rosanna has been developing her colouring skills at Lakemba Respite. With support from staff, she has been able to enhance her skills in holding pencils.

Also at Lakemba, Naife and Austin decorated the park bench at the site with coloured paint – using their hands to create hand prints on the bench. They can now say that they are part of Lakemba Respite and ‘made their mark’ for others to enjoy and add to.

Get Out and About

Respite is all about taking some time away for yourself, or giving carers a chance to catch up on other facets of life. Respite is also a great option for expanding social networks and enjoying the company of others while trying new experiences.

Clients visiting our Lakemba Respite site took the time to get out and about for lunch at Picnic Point. The group all voted on where they wanted to go and Picnic Point was the unanimous decision. They all made and packed their lunches back at site, and then headed to a picnic spot for lunch. Right by the water, this was a great location for everyone to simply relax, take in the fresh air and get to know each other a little better.

Funding For Respite

Respite is such an important part of carers and families maintaining good health and well being to, in turn, provide support and care for a person with a disability. This has been realised by the NDIA, meaning that there are three levels of respite-like supports available for funding as part of NDIS plans:

  • Level 1: 7 to 14 days per year to allow the carer to attend key activities
  • Level 2: 14 to 28 days per year and includes a strategy to build capabilities for future independence.
  • Level 3: Equivalent of 28 days per year, when the carer provides support most days and informal support is at risk of not continuing due to the intensity of the support required or severe behavioural issues.

If you or your loved one would like to find out more about Afford Respite services, get in touch on 1300 233 673.