What is respite?

Respite is taking a break from your caring responsibilities. Taking time out can help you feel rested and re-energised. Families can have differing needs, so there needs to be different respite structures in place to cater to these needs. Some children may have behavioral challenges and/or high medical needs. Other's may be very able and need a different type of respite choice. Whatever those needs might be, there are service providers and funding supports to tailor to individual needs.


Accessing respite supports and services

To access respite supports and services you first need to contact your local Needs Assessment Service Coordinator (NASC). NASCs are organisations contracted by the Ministry of Health to work with families or the disabled person in your area to:

  • identify their strengths and support needs
  • outline what disability support services are available
  • determine their eligibility for Ministry-funded support services

The amount of funded respite support available is based on your needs. It's always advisable to be upfront with what your needs are and how the supports can enable you to get a healthy balance in your life. To find your local NASC click here


Respite options in your community

There are a range of respite options available in each region. The Ministry of Health has compiled a list of the different options you can click on below :-