Respite Services

Respite is designed to provide short-term breaks for the carers of a disabled person, while also providing a positive, stimulating and worthwhile experience for the disabled person.

UPDATE: The Ministry of Health has released 'Transforming Respite' the disability respite strategy to make it easier for carers to have a break from the caring role. Read more about the changes and download a copy of the strategy.

Respite Services are one of a range of support services funded by the Ministry of Health.

They’re available to disabled people and to carers, family and whānau whose primary role involves the care and support of a disabled family member.

Respite Services are community-based and there are a number of options available.

What to expect from a respite service

A respite service should provide a safe, enjoyable environment with staff able to support the disabled person to participate in their community.

Respite is generally:

  • short-term and intermittent
  • available in community settings
  • part of the support network available to a person and their carers, family and whānau
  • accessed via a Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) organisation when a carer or family/whānau member requires a short-term break from their normal support/care role.

Getting Respite Services

Talk to your local Needs Assessment Service Coordination organisation (NASC). They’ll:

The amount of funded respite support available to you is based on your needs and availability of services.

Use of respite support may be planned so that respite care is accessed on a regular basis for a pre-arranged time period, or it may also be unplanned. Respite is available in times of emergency or unforeseen event.

Find out more from the Ministry

View the Service specifications for Respite Service providers.


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