Media Release by The Hon John Cobb MP

Joint commitment gives carers a well-earned break

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today launched a respite house, which has received $1.6 million in funding from the Australian and ACT Governments.

Mr Cobb said the Mature Aged Carers Respite House in Fraser will allow older carers in the ACT to take some much-needed time out while their children receive excellent care in a safe environment.

‘Many parents take on the role of a life-long carer for their child who has a disability and this service will deliver high quality support to carers in the ACT community,’ Mr Cobb said.

‘The Fraser respite house caters to the specific needs of mature carers and their families, offering specialised services such as outings, gardening, meal preparation and hobbies, which is delivered through the community organisation, Carers ACT.

‘This service has been made possible under the $72.5 million announced in the
2004-05 Budget to provide respite care across Australia.

‘Parent carers aged over 70 years, caring for their sons and daughters will be eligible for four weeks of respite care each year and people aged between 65 and 69 can receive up to two weeks respite care each year.

‘The Australian Government recognises the commitment and contribution that carers make to the community and we will continue to provide support for this dedicated group of people,’ Mr Cobb said.