Consumer Directed Respite Care - Operational Manual 2012-2013

Page last updated: 18 September 2015

In July 2010 the Australian Government commenced CDRC as part of its continuing commitment to providing frail, older Australians with responsive, carer-centered community care services.

Consumer (or self) directed respite care allows carers to take a break from their caring role and will give carers a greater say and more control over the design and delivery of respite services provided to them and the person/s they care for. This will allow carers to make choices about the types of respite services they access and the delivery of those services, including who will deliver the services and when. Expected outcomes of consumer directed care for both carers and the person/s they care for include a better quality of life due to increased independence and empowerment over the services they are receiving.

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