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Disability services with a difference

Respite care

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(Also known as short-term care)

When you have someone caring for you, it’s great for you and them to have a break from time to time so you can both recharge your batteries.

And if you’re a carer, you know how important it is to have a balanced life, and to have time for things you need or want to do for yourself, or just go to work.

CARS can help you with respite care from top quality support workers, who will come to your home and look after you while your carer has a rest, goes to work or needs to do something else.

How long does respite care last?  

It may be a few hours or a longer period, depending on how long your needs and the needs of the person who cares for you.

What happens during respite care?

You can stay at home with your support worker, or you can go out to social events if you prefer and leave your regular carer at home for a break.

Domestic assistance

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We can help you remain independent at home by helping you with essential light housework tasks you’re not able to do yourself.

It’s all about helping you to get tasks completed that are necessary to maintain hygiene and safety standards at home.

In most cases, domestic assistance can include:
• Cleaning your kitchen and bathroom
• Vacuuming or sweeping floors in your bedroom and living area.

If time permits, we can also help with:
• Changing sheets and making your bed
• Washing and drying
• Essential ironing for you.

Social support

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Do you want to participate more in the community or
expand your personal networks?

We can help by having someone visit you at home, or help with your shopping and medical appointments or other social outings.

We’ll also help you access recreational activities outside of your home, such as visiting friends, and going to movies or events.

Personal care

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We can help you with a range of personal assistance and care options, including:
• Showering and bathing
• Grooming and dressing
• Support with equipment such as wheelchairs
• Help with continence management
• Meal preparation and help with eating and drinking.

Your Life, Your Choice

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If you live in Queensland and have a disability, and receive ongoing individualised funding from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, you can choose to self-direct your support.

We can help you to plan how you’ll use your funding under one of two models:

Self-directed support

You employ your own Support Workers and manage your own services.

Co-ordination of services

CARS provides you with Support Workers and covers all employment conditions.

Individualised funding allocations

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If you have an individualised funding allocation, we can help with respite care, and learning and life skills development.

Personal care

We can help you your usual daily activities, such as bathing or showering and meals.

Learning and life skills development

We can provide day-to-day support to help you participate in community-based activities. This could focus on continuing education to develop skills and independence in a variety of life areas, such as self-help, social skills or literacy and numeracy. Or, if you prefer, you could spend time on activities you enjoy, such as leisure activities and social interactions.

Accommodation support

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Accommodation support helps people with disability live in the community and in a home environment as close as possible to that enjoyed by other community members.

Accommodation support may include personal care, domestic assistance and social and communication support, as necessary to allow people to carry out the essential activities of daily living.

Accommodation support may be provided to an individual or within a group setting, and may range from a few hours a week through to 24 hours a day.