South West Carer & Respite Services Network

Who are we?

South West Carer and Respite Services Network (the Network) Member organisations provide essential carer and respite services to the carers of people who are frail aged, people who have a disability and people with a mental illness across South West Victoria.

Network membership is open to government and non-government organisations at all levels: health and welfare organisations, community support groups and agencies that support and provide carer and respite services across the five local government areas of Corangamite, Moyne, Warrnambool, Glenelg and Southern Grampians.

What is Respite? / Why is Respite important?

Respite provides an opportunity for Carers to have a “timeout” from their usual caring role and focus on their wellbeing.

Respite care may also assist the cared for in exploring different options and opportunities within the community.

Respite should be flexible and responsive to the needs of the carer and the person living with a disability.

Respite helps maintain a positive relationship between the Carer (family, friend, neighbour) and the individual which they care.

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