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A break for carers

St Ives Home Care offers several ways for someone providing care to a loved one to access respite through Government subsidised care programs such as Home Care Packages and through our dedicated Carer Support program under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

Respite care usually involves organised activities and services for the older person, allowing the carer a break from caring duties.

Carer Support program (CHSP)

*Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit the Department of Social Services website for more information. 

Centre based

Eligible residents south of the river (Cockburn, Fremantle, Kwinana, Mandurah, Melville, Murray, Rockingham and Waroona council areas) can access this great centre based respite program for a subsidised participation fee. Participants enjoy a day of activities and transport to and from a community centre, and their carer, a break to enjoy time to themselves. Places are limited – please call 1300 20 20 03 for more information.

Home based

St Ives Home Care is also funded to provide in-home respite under the Commonwealth Home Support Program. A St Ives staff member will visit the home and spend time with an older person, while the primary carer takes a break from caring duties. Please note that we have a limited amount of home based respite places available. Please speak to the Carer Support Coordinator about availability or sign up to receive our care vacancies

Telephone 1300 20 20 03 for more information or email the Carer Support Coordinator here

Home Care Packages or HACC respite

If you are a Home Care Package recipient, or are receiving HACC services, then you might be eligible for respite assistance through the various packages of care.

Please discuss your needs during your aged care assessment, or if you have been approved for a package, ask your care coordinator about in-home respite care.

Further support for carers

There are various support and counselling services available for people who provide care for the elderly, or those with a disability or chronic health problem.

You can contact Carers WA for information about the various services 1300 227 377 or visit

If you cannot find a St Ives respite option to suit you, please contact My Aged Care by calling 1800 200 422 or visiting

* Department Social Services Funding Disclaimer
Although funding for this program has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.

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