Are you caring for someone with a Mental Illness?
Caring for someone with a mental illness can be quite demanding. Sometimes they are well for long periods of time and then become unwell again. Responding to the changing needs of the person you care for can mean that life is periodically unsettled and stressful.
Are you caring for someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder or an Intellectual Disability?
It can be challenging to care for someone with an intellectual disability or with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Responding to those who need you, as well as juggling work and family life, can mean there isn’t much time for you.
The Mental Health Respite Team can help you with:
In Home Respite
A support worker can come into your home to allow you time to have a break or do things away from the home.
Carers often use this time to go shopping, visit friends, attend appointments, follow personal interests or just take time out.
Out of Home Respite
Respite can be provided in a community care facility that includes activities which help the care recipient interact with their community, such as recreational or special interest programs.
Alternative Respite Options
Respite can also be arranged in a community care facility, where care recipients stay away from home either overnight or for a short time.
Mental Health Part B Program
The Mental Health Part B Progam helps you and the person you care for throughout their recovery from a period of mental illness.
A trained mental health coordinator will work with the person you care for to create an outcome and goal based recovery program. A support worker will then assist the person to achieve those goals and get back on the road to recovery. Examples of goals could include teaching lifestyle skills (for example, cooking, catching public transport, managing finances), companionship, education around mental health and well-being, along with many other options which can be discussed with our Mental Health Respite Coordinators. The worker and care recipient will also explore options to provide on-going assistance in the care recipient’s journey of recovery and rehabilitation.
The services are individually tailored to meet the specific needs of each participant.
The program is funded by NWMR&C, but services are provided by one of four specialist Mental Health service providers we work in partnership with.