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Respite Services

Respite Options

  • Social and Recreational
  • Day Activities
  • In-home Respite
  • Out-of-home Respite
 

Karingal's range of respite services are designed to provide enjoyable experiences for people with a disability and a well-earned rest for carers. Respite is available during the day, overnight and on weekends and can be provided through recreation and leisure options, in your own home or at one of Karingal's respite houses or holiday houses.

Social and Recreational

Supporting people to join in community-based social and recreational activities while carers take time out

Day Activities

Educational, recreational, leisure and craft activities to suit all abilities are offered at Karingal. These activities can be enjoyed for a morning, afternoon or the whole day.

In-Home respite

Carers can go out, attend to home duties or just relax while respite support is provided in the family home.

Out-of-Home Respite

Overnight, weekend and holiday respite is available at Karingal houses at several locations, including Ocean Grove and Warrnambool.

Melaluka

"Melaluka" (at 191 Melaluka Road, Leopold) provides hundreds of Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula residents with a disability and their carers with access to much needed respite services and is the result of more than $100,000 in cash that was raised via the "Melaluka Appeal" as well as an additional $4200 worth of goods and services. Take a tour at by visiting the  Melaluka Virtual Tour.  

 

Contact

For more information and eligibility criteria, Contact Us via the Online Form or phone Karingal on 5249 8900.

 
 

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Karingal announces new CEO

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Upcoming Events

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Karingal Foundation Gala Dinner Friday, 7 August, 2015, 7:00 PM The Karingal Foundation Gala Dinner will be a splendid night of celebration and entertainment. Hosted by iconic broadcaster and author Derek Guille the evening will pay tribute to Daryl Starkey, Karingal's retiring CEO.
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National Launch of Brain Injury Awareness Week 2015 Monday, 17 August, 2015 Brain Injury Awareness Week 2015 will focus on a neglected minority of survivors of traumatic brain injury.
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Brain Injury Awareness Week Film Festival Tuesday, 18 August, 2015 During Brain Injury Awareness Week, the ABI Education Project will be running a five-night film festival to raise awareness about ABI across the Geelong community. The film festival will be held Tuesday, August 18 - Saturday, August 22.
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Brain Injury Awareness Week Community Forum and Expo Tuesday, 18 August, 2015, 10:00 AM As part of Brain Injury Awareness Week Geelong, the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) and the Australian Injury and Disability Insurance Network (AIDIN) are running a Community Forum and an expo. Tuesday, August 18 10am – 1pm
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Caring for the Carers Day Friday, 21 August, 2015 A free event for all carers who care for a loved one with a brain injury.
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Brain Injury Awareness Week Information and Ticket Booth Friday, 21 August, 2015, 9:00 AM Tuesday, August 18 - Friday, August 21 9.00am - 4.30pm
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Women's Retreat for Brain Cancer 10-11 Oct, 2015 Sunday, 11 October, 2015 The Peace of Mind Foundation are hosting an exclusive women's weekend of pampering and wellness for brain cancer patients and carers, Oct 10-11.
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