Murilla Respite Service provides care and respite to Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) & National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) eligible members of the community. 

Our services are focused on Miles and the Western Downs Region as well as the small rural outlying communities.

The service provides carers some relief from their caring role which can help enable their family member/loved one to stay in their own home longer.

The Murilla Respite Service is a service sponsored by the Murilla Community Centre Inc.

The service:

  • Provides respite care and social support in the client’s own home, allowing carers relief from their duties.
  • Provides centre based respite care.
  • Is actively involved in providing respite care in the community.
  • Believes it has a responsibility to care providers and clients to provide quality care, consideration and compassion.

Respite Care and Social Support is usually provided in the client’s home but may include short excursions, companionship, shopping, banking or accompanying clients to medical appointments, etc.

Centre Based Respite Care is held at the Community Centre every Wednesday and support is provided for our clients to attend Seniors Lunch on Thursdays.

Clients are treated to morning tea, lunch, entertainment (games, music, movies, activities, crafts) at a minimal cost.
Transport for local residents is available to and from the centre on the Murilla Community bus/or service car where necessary.

Respite Care is a vital service that allows

  • a carer to have ‘time out’ from the client, if only for a short time.
  • clients to learn new and different activities.
  • privacy of the client is maintained and service to each client is provided with the strictest confidentiality.
  • each client’s social, physical and emotional needs to be met.
  • each client to be aware of all relevant services available to them.

There are many possible reasons a client may need respite care.

  • The client may be experiencing difficulty with a range of tasks of daily living.
  • The social contacts of the client are limited or non existent.
  • The client lives alone or with a carer who is frail, ill, stressed or has a disability.
  • The location of the client is socially or geographically isolated.
  • The client will benefit from the service to reduce the need for premature residential care.
  • The carer is caring for a person with a severe disability.
  • The carer is the sole carer and has limited support networks or has dependent children

Adrienne McDonald