Respite

Respite is taking a break from your caring responsibilities. Taking time out can help you feel rested and re-energised.

Respite supports and services will give you a break and provide a worthwhile experience for the disabled person.

Accessing respite supports and services

To access respite supports and services talk to your local Needs Assessment Service Coordination organisation (NASC).

Your local NASC will:

  • check your eligibility for Ministry-funded disability support services
  • work with you to identify what your needs are and what supports or services will best meet them.

The amount of funded respite support available is based on your needs.

There are different types of respite supports and services available in your community. Read more about respite supports and services.

In this section

  • A respite option is any support or service that helps you to have a break from caring for a person with a disability. Find out more about the services that are available. Read more
  • Carer Support provides reimbursement of some of the costs of using a support person to care and support a disabled person. This means their carer can take some time out for themselves. Read more
  • The Ministry is replacing Carer Support with a more flexible type of respite support called I Choose. Read more
  • The way that the Ministry funds disability support services is changing. The future will be much more client driven – disabled people and their families will have access to funding and they will choose to buy the supports and services that suit them best. Read more
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