Centre Based Respite

What is the Centre Based Respite?

The Centre Based Respite (CBR) aims are to assist the Polish background people aged 65+ and their carers by:

  • providing opportunities for members of the community to socialise with other people of similar background.
  • presenting opportunities to share useful information.
  • supporting involvement in group activities (e.g. discussions and guest speakers).
  • encouraging participation in physical and mental health-oriented activities (i.e. light exercises).
  • promoting participation in recreational activities (i.e. games, handcrafts, movies, singing, outings, excursions).
  • providing necessary respite and support for carers.


Every CBR serves a Polish lunch for all participants. Lunch is prepared according to traditional and distinctively Polish recipes, respecting specific dietary requirements. Morning and afternoon tea, cakes and biscuits are also provided.


There are three Centre Based Respite groups run by the Polish Community Care Services “Polcare”:

How to join the program?

To be able to join CBR Program, eligible clients should be registered in the My Aged Care and receive a special referral code for this type of services.

If client is a Home Care Packages (HCP) holder, no referral code is needed. Your Case Manager can assist you with joining CBR Program.

Who do I contact?

Mrs Barbara Bailouni – Respite Coordinator
Polish Community Care Services Inc. “Polcare”
Mobile: 0451 436 663
Email: barbara.bailouni@polcare.org.au