Respite or relief is designed to provide short-term breaks for the carers of a disabled person, while also providing a positive, stimulating and worthwhile experience for the disabled person.
Respite services are one of a range of support services funded by the Ministry of Health. They’re available to disabled people and to carers, family and whānau whose primary role involves the care and support of a disabled family member.
In conjunction with Carers NZ, Mycare provides the National Relief Care Matching Service. If you’re a family carer and receive the Carer Support Subsidy or other funding for respite, you can find a respite or relief carer with Mycare for free. You can choose to pay your worker using Mycare, or pay them your usual way.
For more information about respite and the Carer Support Subsidy, visit the Ministry of Health’s website.