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Carer Programs and Services

Flexible respite
offers respite care to people who have been classified as having Dementia and Changed behaviour, 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 Flexible Respite 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 $10.00 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 by the Australian Government Department of Health. For more information please contact our Acting Care Manager, Janine Smith on (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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Byron Carers Support Group
New to caring?
Join our next Byron Carers Support Group

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.

Bring your questions, bring your concerns, let other carers know what works for you,
meet new friends and expect to get great support!

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 when we reschedule meetings in the future.

If you need assistance, or would like to discuss any aspect of your caring role before that time, please call Janine on: 6685 1629 or use our contact form.


The Carers Newsletter

Please double click onto the images below to open our 4 page monthly newsletters as a pdf in a new window.

If you are interested in viewing earlier issues not shown below, digital pdfs are available from as early as 2012.
Please email Karen on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be emailed past editions.

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 Byron Shire Respite Service is LGBTIQA+ Inclusive

According to ACON and their LOVE project, LGBTIQA+ people are at greater risk of social isolation and lost family connections. However attempting to improve social connectivity through a range of different groups and activities can have profound health benefits both mentally and physically.

Please contact Janine on (02) 6685 1629 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
and let us know how we can support you.

LGBTIQA+ people ('LGBTIQA+' is an evolving acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual and many other terms such as non-binary and pansexual) 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 LGBTIQA+ person with dementia or a LGBTIQA+ care partner,
you will likely face more challenges than others along your journey.
Byron Shire Respite Service celebrates the diversity amongst our community members
and recognises your concerns, working with you
to provide individualised support for care partners and their loved-ones.

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 LGBTIQA+ care partner or LGBTIQA+ person with dementia, you may also have additional concerns or issues. Please contact Janine for support.


The guide (below) was prepared this year by Dementia Australia for LGBTIQA+ people living with dementia, their families,
friends and care partners. Click onto the image to download:

LGBTI and Dementia pdf


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 Janine on 6685 1619.
WHEN: Please telephone Janine to register your interest on 02) 9664 1619
WHERE: Brunswick Valley Community Centre, South Beach Road, Brunswick Heads
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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

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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