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Carer Programs and Services

The Changed Behaviours program
offers respite care to people who have been classified as having Dementia and Responsive Behaviours, that are of concern to the person’s carer.

To obtain assistance, carers need only identify a behaviour that is causing concern to be eligible for help.

  • Carers may need a break for a few hours, or a day on a regular basis, or as needed.
  • When the carer is suddenly and temporarily unable to continue to care, as in the case of an accident or illness.
  • When the carer cannot access, or the service is not providing regular respite service, e.g. through Centre-based or Home-care Service Respite.

Emergency Short Term Respite is an alternative to residential care when it is inappropriate for the person to be left at home without a carer's support.

  • Carers of people with disordered behaviour associated with dementia.
  • Carers of people with dementia.
  • Older People with other classified conditions.

The respite provided under the Changed Behaviours Program aims to be flexible and responsive to the concerns of the carer and the person for whom they are providing care. This service can work in partnership with other services to provide the best possible care options. The program operates every day and the cost is $6.00 per hour.  The cost is always negotiable.  A Day Respite Program is available on Mondays where transport is provided for a minimal cost. The independence of service users is supported, fostered and encouraged.  Person Centred Care is at the centre of our Philosophy.  We assist clients and their carers to continue a familiar lifestyle within their community.

The person with short term memory loss, leads a life of moments.  Our staff aim to create wonderful moments - moments that can put a smile on their face, a twinkle in their eye and most importantly trigger memories.  The feelings evoked by this will linger after the memory has left.

Our programs are funded through the Department of Health. For more information please contact the Care Manager Barbara Chambers  (02) 6685 1619 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or download a printable pdf of our 2 page brochure by clicking on the image below:

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New to caring?

If you and your loved-one have only recently visited us at Byron Shire Respite Service or are a new carer in our area, we would love to meet you. Byron Shire Carers is an opportunity to chat to others new to caring or the Byron shire.

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday morning, the 13th of February at 10:30-12 noon at the Brunswick Valley Community Centre, South Beach Road, Brunswick Heads. Please RSVP to Barbara on: 6685 1619.

If you need assistance, or would like to discuss any aspect of your caring role before that time, please call Barbara on: 6685 1619 or use our contact form.


The Carers Newsletter

Please double click onto the image below to open our
February and January 2018, December, November, October, September, August and July 2017 4 page newsletters as a pdf in a new window.


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Byron Shire Respite Service is LGBTI InclusiveGLBTI friendly














Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people might be those with dementia and/or the carers of others with dementia – partners, friends or even birth family members, both LGBTI and not. As a LGBTI person with dementia or as a LGBTI carer for someone with dementia, you will face a lot of challenges along your journey.

The link below is to an 8 page booklet from Dementia Australia, that provides some guidance for you on that journey. Many of these challenges will be the same as those faced by all people in this situation. However, as an LGBTI carer or LGBTI person with dementia, you may also have particular concerns or issues.



Death Cafe

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes.It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Byron Shire Respite Service Inc., with the support of the Far North Coast Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre, will be facilitating the popular Death Cafe in the next couple of monthsNumbers are limited, so if are interested in attending, please telephone Barbara on 6685 1619.
WHEN: Please telephone Barbara to register your interest
WHERE: Brunswick Valley Community Centre, South Beach Road, Brunswick Heads
carer gate way logo
An Australian Government initiative, the Carer Gateway website for carers is a great place to start for support and services

Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services.


For families with a young parent living with younger onset dementia

This is my family childrens YOD book header

Available through Amazon and as an ebook on kindle, or directly by contacting Barbara at the service,
this children's book may be of interest.

Jack’s daddy has something wrong in his head. 
Sometimes Jack helps him because he can’t remember and does strange things.
There is something deep inside his brain and it won’t get better. He has dementia.

Click on the cartoon below and visit the link:

Younger Onset Dementia childrens book kids