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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.


We are a community-based organisation caring for the people
of the Byron, Ballina and Lismore shires


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National Home Care Standards Accredited

We Value Our Community's Diversity
and are LGBTI Inclusive

In conjunction with Dementia Australia and ACON Northern Rivers, Byron Shire Respite Service at Brunswick Heads is holding an information session for the LGBTI community
on the 25th of September. 
To RSVP, please email Karen at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Byron Shire Respite Service Inc. has been servicing the Byron Shire region for over 25 years
is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health.
Visit www.health.gov.au for more information.

Due to recent government changes, responsibility for ageing and aged care has recently moved to the Department of Health from the Department of Social Services (DSS). Information about ageing and aged care is currently still available on the DSS website, and will be transferred to the Department of Health website shortly. For current information of ageing and aged care,
please visit: www.dss.gov.au/ageing-and-aged-care

Last updated by Byron Shire Respite Service Inc. September 5th 2018.

2018 Byron Respite Service Dementia Awareness Month

 Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held every year throughout September. Its aim is to encourage all Australians to become more aware of dementia, to get a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and how we can support people living with dementia.

There are many ways to get involved in Dementia Awareness Month in our region:
  l  Find an event near you  l  Become a Dementia Friend  l  Show your support 
Learn more about dementia

MemoryScape launch  l  Friday 7th September 10.30 - 12.30pm

Members of the community are invited to visit the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah to learn more about the new MemoryScape program as part of Dementia Awareness Month.
Enjoy some ‘slow art’ experiences that demonstrate how looking at and talking about art can have benefits for people living with dementia and their care partners. A representative from Dementia Australia NSW will also be available to provide information about dementia, risk reduction and support services available in the local area.

Where: 2 Mistral Road (Corner Tweed Valley Way) Murwillumbah South. Telephone: 6670 2790
For more information, visit https://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au


Dementia Friends Information session  l  Brunswick Heads Library  l  Thursday 13th September 10.30 - 11:30am

Learn more about dementia and how we can make communities in the Northern Rivers
Dementia-friendly. Show your support and become a Dementia Friend. Join Christine from Dementia
Australia at the library, for a free information session and Q&A. Family members, care partners, people with dementia and interested community members welcome.

Where: Brunswick Heads Library, 1 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads. RSVP essential.
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or telephone the library on 6685 1816


Dementia and LGBTI Information session  l  Brunswick Valley Community Centre  
Tuesday 25th September 5:45 - 7:15pm

Bring your questions and come and join us for an information session for people living with dementia who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (LGBTI), their care partners, family, friends and interested community members. Opportunities for Q&A with Christine from Dementia Australia and members of local LGBTI and dementia-friendly services.

Where: Brunswick Valley Community Centre, South Beach Road, Brunswick Heads. 
Please RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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please call the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on:
1800 052 222 (24hrs)


Byron Shire Respite Service is proud to be working with Dementia Australia
to enhance Dementia-Friendly Communities in the Northern Rivers.

Visit: http://byronrespite.com.au/dementia-friendly-communities.html
for more information about our exciting new project.


Dementia Australia It starts with you


Byron Carer Newsletter September 2018

Please click onto the above image to open a 4 page edition of the September Carers' Newsletter.

If you would like to be on our mailing list to recieve a newsletter monthly
or discuss any aspect of your caring role, please telephone Barbara on 6685 1619.


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

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For families with a young parent living with younger onset dementia

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Available through Amazon and 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:

Younger Onset Dementia childrens book kids

Although funding for the Commonwealth Home Support Program has 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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