At St Luke's in partnership with Mallee Family Care, we offer carer-planned and flexible respite service options to people living in the Loddon Mallee region.

Carer-planned Respite Service

This is a flexible service offering planned respite to carers and adult care recipients aged 16 to 65 years living with mental illness. Designed to suit the needs of both the person needing care and the caregiver, it's an opportunity for people to take 'time out', and to maintain those important links to social, emotional and physical aspects of life.The service includes:

  • In-home respite,
  • Activities out of home
  • Club memberships
  • Educational courses
  • A 'break away

It can be used in several ways:

  • The respite worker is available to assist the carer and client develop a respite plan.
  • Respite can be provided in the home if carer is going away or out.
  • Respite funding can be used for activities out of home including club memberships, educational courses, a holiday. We offer support with:
  • Assistance in planning and coordinating details and arrangements of the respite break.
  • Information for carers and clients on services available in their local area.
  • Gaining support from other services to have a well-planned break.

Flexible Respite Service

This service provides respite to carers and care recipients in a tailored way, to suit the needs of those who care for someone with a mental illness or psychiatric disability, intellectual disability or Autism.

Some of the respite options are:

  • Day Care: Care provided in the caregiver's home, or offering community access to the person being cared for.
  • Overnight Care: Overnight respite provided in the caregivers home or in appropriate accommodation.
  • Social and recreation: Social and recreational options provided to care recipients, particularly after hours or on weekends.
  • Camps: Designed to provide opportunities for personal development.
  • Emergency: Unplanned respite. 
For more information about our respite services contact St Luke's Tel: 03 5448 1100
Please note: Recipients need to have clinical support, case management, a private psychiatrist, or a GP (when psychiatric services are not available).