The Challenging Behaviours program offers respite care to people who have been classified as having Dementia and Challenging 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 Challenging 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.  The cost is $18 per day. 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.

The program is funded through the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, National Respite for Carers Program.

For more information please contact the Care Manager Barbara Chambers  (02) 6685 1619.

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This website was last updated by Byron Shire Respite Service Inc. on the 27th June 2022.


Support frail older people or, older people with a diversability
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 diversabilities
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.

Embed the Wellness and Reablement Approach into service provision and support.


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Please click onto the image below to open a 4 page edition of the July 2022 Carers' Newsletter.

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The Carers Coffee Club takes places on the 4th Wednesday of every month at Brunswick Heads.
Our next get-together is Wednesday 22nd June 2022.

For more information, please telephone Emma on 02) 6685 1629
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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:
for more information about our exciting project.

Are you living with dementia?

If you are living with younger onset dementia or a part of a diverse community and would like to get involved in our Dementia-Friendly Communities project within the Byron region - We would love to hear from you! There are plenty of opportunities to get involved at your own pace, meet new friends and help raise awareness. Please contact Karen or Skye at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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

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For families with a young parent living with younger onset dementia

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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.

If you live with younger onset dementia and have a young family - this book may be of interest.
It is available for purchase directly from Byron Shire Respite Service in Brunswick Heads.
For more information, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

A kindle ebook version is also available for purchase from Amazon.
Click on the cartoon below and visit the link:

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 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.

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