Caring for a family member or friend is a rewarding role however it can leave you with little time to look after your own wellbeing.
ECH offers a range of wellness classes and services that can enable you to take some time out for yourself.
ECH Wellness Centres offer exercise classes where you can maintain or improve your fitness while socialising with others. Or if you prefer to exercise alone, you can use the gyms located at the Wellness Centre.
Or if you would like some time to relax and unwind, ECH offers Tai Chi programs, music meditation and remedial massage.
Professional allied health therapists, including Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Dieticians, are also available to provide advice about looking after yourself and the person you care for.
What other services does ECH provide to support carers?
ECH offers respite through Day Programs located at Smithfield, Walkerville, Happy Valley, Henley Beach and Victor Harbor. These programs enable the person you care for to engage in a social, homelike environment or go on an outing with all the support that is needed while you perhaps go to an exercise class or spend some time with friends.
If you need a longer break to go out for an evening or perhaps take a holiday, the ECH Short Stay Respite Centre at Henley Beach could be a good option for you. The centre has been custom designed to meet the needs of people living with dementia or cognitive decline. Or if you prefer, ECH can arrange for a trained staff member to provide respite in your home.
No matter your age, ECH services are available on a self-funded basis. If you have private health insurance, you may be able to seek rebates from your provider or if you are aged 65 years or over, you may qualify for the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). If the person you care for is aged 65 years or over, they may qualify for a Home Care Package (HCP) and you may be able to use some of this funding to access centre-based or at-home respite services.
To learn more about ECH wellness and respite services, call ECH on 1300 275 324.