Carer Wellbeing

Whether you are a carer of an older person, a person with a disability or a person living with a mental illness, we support you and help you maintain your own health and wellbeing.

lifeAssist can provide government-funded programs and services, and can connect you to local support networks. We also provide self-funded services.

Read more about carers on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) page.

If you need help finding what options are best for your individual circumstances, use our options selector.

Respite - The space to take a break

Commonwealth Home Support Program

The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is funded by the Australian Government.  It offers frail older people and their carers more choice, easier access to services and better care.  The CHSP aims to support and maintain care relationships by providing quality flexible respite options which enable carers to take a break.  Other options may include low level short term in home support services for frail older people. CHSP programs are for frail older people aged 65 years and over (or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people).  

Download the CHSP brochure (PDF) for more details or contact us today.

Consumer-Directed Respite Program

This program gives you greater choice and control in who delivers services to you, the person you care for and when they are delivered. It is an effective way to plan for regular respite as well as emergency situations. It is funded by the Australian Government and delivered through Melbourne's Eastern Region by life Assist as part of the National Respite for Carers Program. Contact us today.

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC)

This is a 24 hour, 7 day a week service for carers and their families, with short-term assistance and links to longer-term supports. The services are supported by the Australian Government. lifeAssist offers CRCC services to families residing in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Contact us today.

Young Carers

We work with children and young people who are completing primary or secondary education while caring for a family member or friend that has a disability, mental illness, chronic illness, is frail aged or has an alcohol or other substance dependence. We help you balance your caring role with your studies.

We arrange regular activities that help you:

  • learn new skills
  • take a break from your caring role
  • meet other young people caring for someone

We will help support you in balancing your caring role with education.

Contact us today for more information.

Other Services

Health and Fitness

Pathways for Carers: the Pathway for Carers project offers carers of people with a disability or a mental health issue, an opportunity to share walks in Maroondah and Yarra Ranges with other carers and to learn more about news, services, supports available to carers. This is a FREE event for carers.

Carer Benefits Book

Join our Carer Recognition Program which offers carers affordable, accessible and flexible respite options. This book provides savings on a range of services, products, accommodation, dining and leisure activities to help carers plan a break at a reduced cost. It is free to join. Contact us today.

Mental Health Respite and Support

This is a service that works with carers of people with mental illness and their families over a 12 month period. We offer carers the support they may need to achieve a balance between the valuable care they provide and other aspects of life. Mental Health Respite Carer Support operates from 55 Webb Street Narre Warren. For further information, phone (03) 9705 3932 Monday to Thursday.

Carer Gateway

The Carer Gateway, launched by the Australian Government, provides information about services and support available to people who care for someone with a disability, chronic illness, dementia, mental illness or frailty due to age.

Carers can call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737 (8am-6pm Monday to Friday) or visit the Carer Gateway website to find out more.