Do you care for someone
living with dementia?
We are a community-based organisation caring for the people
of the Byron, Ballina and Lismore shires
Registered NDIS Provider
Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
Supported by the Australian Government Department of Health
We Value Our Community's Diversity
and are LGBTIQA+ Inclusive
Byron Shire Respite Service Inc. has been servicing the Byron Shire region for over 25 years
and is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health.
Visit www.health.gov.au for more information.
This website was last updated by Byron Shire Respite Service Inc. on the 19th March, 2020.
Support frail older people or, older people who have a classified disability
to remain in their own home for as long as they can and wish to do so
Support younger people with a cognitive disability
within their home and in the community
Promote individual rights to freedom of expression, self-determination
and decision-making and actively prevent abuse, harm, neglect and violence
Work with individuals and families, friends and carers to promote opportunities
for meaningful participation and active inclusion in society
Support family or other primary care givers in their role through providing respite care services
for frail, older people or those with a disability
allowing regular carers to take a break from their usual caring responsibilities
Engender an environment where staff and volunteers are valued and supported,
and operate the organisation in an effective, efficient and accountable manner.
We regret that we are suspending centre-based programs from Monday the 23rd of March 2020 until further notice as it is very difficult to maintain 'social distancing' and we want to make sure that our clients and carers are not put at risk, no matter how small that risk might be.
We will be offering in-home respite to carers who would still need a few hours break. Please bear with the service whilst it works through what is truly and unprecedented situation for everybody.
We hope this will only be a temporary measure and hope to see you back in the centre very soon.
If you require EMERGENCY RESPITE
please call the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre:
1800 059 059 (24hrs)
Please click onto the image below to open a 4 page edition of the March 2020 Carers' Newsletter.
If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive a newsletter monthly
Byron Carers Support Group
Our next Carers Coffee Club may be postponed due to spread of COVID-19 in Australia, but we hope this is temporary and look forward to scheduling the next meeting soon.
Please telephone or SMS Karen on 0412 911 613 if you are interested in attending.
Byron Shire Respite Service is proud to be working with Dementia Australia
to address the stigma, isolation and discrimination of dementia, through the development of communities
that accept and welcome people living with dementia and enable them to live with purpose.
To support Dementia-Friendly Communities in the Northern Rivers, visit: http://byronrespite.com.au/dementia-friendly-communities.html
for more information about our exciting project.
Are you living with dementia?
Have you visited The Carer Gateway?
The Carer Gateway is an Australian Government initiative.
It provides information about the services and support available for people who care for someone with a disability, a chronic illness, dementia, mental illness or who is frail aged.
To learn more call 1800 422 737 (8am – 6pm, Monday-Friday), or visit www.carergateway.gov.au.
For families with a young parent living with younger onset dementia
Available for purchase directly at Byron Shire Respite Service in Brunswick Heads,
through Amazon or as an ebook on kindle, 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:
Although funding for these programs have been provided by the Australian Government,
the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.