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Flexible Respite


Short breaks for Carers of people with a disability, which is flexible and responsive to need.

What is Respite?

Respite is one of the programs run through Accessible Living Options (ALO). It is a planned short term and time limited break that provides the opportunity for carers and families of people with a disability in order for them to take time out from their direct caring role.

The aims of flexible respite are:

  • to support and maintain the primary care giver relationship
  • provide a positive experience for the person with a disability
  • provide services that reduce the potential for the breakdown of formal and informal supports for a person with a disability
Who is eligible to receive Respite?

The program is for Carers of people who have a disability.  The age of the person with a disability must be under 65.

Respite is provided to people living in Bathurst Regional Council area, Lithgow, Blayney, Oberon and the former Kandos Rylstone Shires.

Referral to the Respite program

Anyone can refer to Respite program. The carer being referred must give their permission first. If the person has not given permission, the Respite Coordinator cannot make contact with them.

What happens after the referral is received?

The Respite Coordinator will meet with the carer and participant to discuss the care needs and Respite required. A service agreement, consent form and the persons plan will be developed.

How is the service monitored?

ALO is committed to monitor the respite being provided through phone calls, home visits, brokerage monitoring and surveys. All feedback provided to ALO is valued and used to implement change within the program.

What types of respite can be provided? 

The Respite can include in-home care, cottage style respite, out-of-home activities including movie-meal deals, supported holidays, camps, assistance with family holidays, one-on-one respite with a support worker. Or talk to us about your individual need.


ALO may pay other organisations to provide the care required during respite, this is called “Brokerage”. 

How much will it cost?

Contributions can be negotiated and may also be reduced or waived if the carer is experiencing financial difficulty. No-one is refused access to respite because of an inability to pay a contribution.


The amount of respite that a person is able to access will be based on the carer and participant needs and funding available.


Main phone: 02 6338 2345            

Fax: 02 6332 5844   

Respite Coordinator: 02 6338 2310    

Holistic Services Manager: 02 6338 2305



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