Hi Mathias and warm welcome to Beyond Blue forums
You are wonderful Mathias. Looking after your 94 year old uncle I imagine is very time consuming. It does sound like you're on the right track - having set up medium care package with ACAS. I'm surprised that ACAS haven't been able to help you with what you can do until your package gets started.
It's good to see you are trying to find more time for yourself too. Very important for self care by carers. Who do you have that you can talk to about your caring role? For example a close family member or trusted friend?
Not sure where you live in Australia, so it may be a little more difficult if you're not in a major city. My brother used to have someone come and take him out, or come around for a 'social visit'. This service was provided by the organisation that did the cleaning. Perhaps you could talk with them.
Another avenue to explore maybe your local council if you haven't already done this? I know some have varying services for the community. Though I think you may need to take him to a day service rather than having them visit.
Also, if you haven't already tried them, have a look at the Australian Government Carer Gateway. It gives you a whole lot of options for respite care. For example, respite that is:
- community access
This maybe what you've already been through with the ACAS team. However, it may well be worth your while to have a look at this webpage - www.carergateway.gov.au/who-can-get-respite
Keep reaching out if and when you want to Mathias. You are not alone.