Respite – Staying With Us


The Alkira Respite Service provides planned, crisis and emergency accommodation and care for adults with mild – moderate intellectual disabilities.

Respite is offered to help families in crisis or emergency situations, but it can also be used for families who are planning a holiday or who need to attend to personal business.

It can also provide an opportunity for people to socialise with others as a step towards living independently or in supported accommodation.

Our respite facilities provide you with a comfortable and welcoming environment where you have the opportunity to meet and socialize with others of a similar age, as well as have access to staff that are fully qualified to support you.

Currently available at two different locations, Alkira Respite has four (4) beds available.

Perkins House is a residential home, close to Box Hill shopping centre and public transport.

Vermont Street, Forest Hill provides a two bedroom respite unit which adjoins two permanent accommodation units.  This provides an alternative respite opportunity and is an ideal environment for people to experience living away from home.


Respite is available to –

  • People who attend Alkira Training and Support Services and who live with their parents or carers.
  • Any adults with intellectual disabilities who live in the Eastern Metropolitan Region and whose carer is over the age of 65, or in the case of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, over the age of 45.

People requiring respite will need to complete a Respite Accommodation Request form.

You may apply online by clicking here or download and print.



Alkira’s Respite Service supports many families and strives to accommodate requests wherever possible. However, there are times of high demand, so if pre-planning is possible it is advisable to avoid disappointment.

You can enquire about availability by phoning Alkira’s Respite Service on 9890 4067. If we are unavailable to answer the phone, please leave a message on the answering machine and we will return your call as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can email us at and similarly, we will answer your email as soon as possible.