Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.   Without respite, not only can families suffer economically and emotionally, caregivers themselves may face serious health and social risks as a result of stress associated with continuous caregiving.

And funding for respite care is a challenge.   According to a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald, the demand for respite care in Australia has doubled over the past 5 years, resulting in fewer hours available to carers each week.    Increase in government funding will be necessary to meet the growing number of people accessing disability services/respite care in the future.