female carer helping senior man with medication

Carer Respite

The SMRC Carer Respite Program is an extension of the Support for Carers Program and allows carers to take a break from their caring role.


The Carer Respite Program allows carers the opportunity to take a short-term break to complete much needed day-to-day tasks such as shopping, medical appointments, or time to focus on physical and mental wellbeing.

Carer needs are assessed by Program staff to determine the most suitable type of care respite. The Program also provides multiple services to a care-recipient based on their assessment and necessity.

Respite services provided through our direct care services include:

  • personal care, including showering, sponge baths, dressing, grooming, toilet accessibility, and transport assistance.
  • home care, including vacuuming, mopping, ironing, laundry, meal preparation, and shopping assistance.
  • respite care, including socialising, supervision, monitoring, and prompting medication usage when required.

All care workers are multilingual and have qualifications in Aged and Community Care.

The SMRC Carer Respite Program can be requested through the SMRC Support for Carers Program.

The Carer Respite Program is funded by the Victorian Government through the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

    If you want to join this program, complete the below:

    Expression of Interest


    Beautiful experience

    The carer group rang me and told me about what they do and invited me to their meetings. I love how there is an opportunity for to support the carer and give them breaks. It is a beautiful experience to meet other people and hear their stories and go on outings together. I feel more supported an clearer in my thinking. I have been able to go back to work as a teacher two days a week.

    a woman standing in front of a bush, smiling
    Nabila K.

    I feel very special

    I take this opportunity to thank you & all your helpers for the “FANTASTIC” very well organised DAY, the room was FILLED with LOVE, LAUGHTER, special attention extended to each and every one of us I look forward to these events because I FEEL VERY SPECIAL that someone is Caring & thinking of all of us so that we are not forgotten 😊 THANKS once again, HAVE A BLESSED DAY 🙏

    User Icon Flat Isolated on White Background

    Praise for staff

    I would really like to take this opportunity to praise your staff Nazira and Lara for calling me and pay me a welfare check. I have not been coming to the program for a while due to my caring commitments, but to know that someone out there was thinking about me make me feel so happy. Thank you so much, this program is fantastic.

    two women smile together for a photo

    Contact Person

    Zlatica B.

    Support for Carers Senior Coordinator
    Translate »