Respite

Respite is a temporary, short term accommodation option for NDIS participants, providing a chance to experience different environments. These options can vary in location, accommodation type, and support level, and can be funded by NDIS plans if reasonable and necessary.

Respite

 

Respite, also known as short term accommodation (STA), provides NDIS participants with an option to take a break from their usual carer, build independence, or have a change of scenery. Respite can be facility or residential stays or assistance in the participant’s home. The NDIS will cover all basic expenses with STA funding, which include accommodation, personal care and support, food, transport and activities.

 

STA is beneficial for both the participant and their carer. For the participant, it allows them to go to new places, try new things, step outside their comfort zone, gain independence, and relax and recharge. Particularly, if a participant is looking to move out and into Supported Independent Living (SIL) or Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), this can be an important first step in preparing for that change. For the carer, it’s a break that encourages and maintains a healthy and positive participant-carer relationship. Caring for a loved one can be emotionally and physically taxing, so it is important for the carer to have time themselves to recharge.

 

Respite is a valuable resource for families and individuals caring for a loved one with a disability, chronic illness, or other special needs, as well as for the individual. By providing temporary support and care, respite gives caregivers and participants the time they need to recharge and relax. With a range of options available, finding the right STA solution is easier than ever.

Our Respite/Short Term Accommodation Packages

Our Short-Term Accommodation – Respite packages are based on 1:1 support and include all required supports, accommodation, transport, food and activities.

We tailor each and every respite break specifically to each individual participant.

Whether it’s an overnight stay for medical visits, a weekend to explore the city or participate in social activities, a short break from home to find opportunties for education or employment, or a 2-week break on the coast, we can arrange as little or as much as is needed – from transportation to and from the accommodation, funds, by way of pre-paid cards for food and transport, to entrance fees or tickets for activities or events. 

Speak to us to find out how we can help you, your client or your loved one with an unforgettable Respite break at one of our beautiful properties.

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NDIS guideline – Short Term Accommodation or Respite

Short Term Accommodation, including respite, is funding for support and accommodation for a short time away from your usual home. It covers the cost of your care in another place for up to 14 days at a time. You might have a short stay with other people, or by yourself. It’s often funded when your usual carers aren’t available, or for you to try new things.

What is Short Term Accommodation, including Respite?

A Short Term Accommodation, including respite, is support for when you need to live out of home for a short period. Short Term Accommodation funding can be used for respite to support you and your carers. This gives your carers a short break from their caring role.

Sometimes a short stay away from home:

  • Gives you the chance to try new things
  • Can be a place to make new friends or develop new skills
  • May help to maintain your current living situation by giving your informal supports a
    break

Short Term Accommodation includes:

  • Personal care
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Activities you and the provider agree to

Usually, NDIS fund up to 28 days of Short Term Accommodation per year. You can use your Short Term Accommodation funding flexibly. For example, you might want to use it in a block of up to 14 days at a time or for one weekend a month.

Generally funding is for a group price, unless there is evidence you require individual support because of your disability. This means you may share supports with other people unless you need individual support because of your disability.

If you already have funding in your Core budget, you can use this for Short Term Accommodation.

You can choose to use your Core budget on a range of supports like Short Term Accommodation to suit your needs. You should think about the best way to use your budget to pursue the goals in your plan.

Learn more about using your plan.

If you need short term out of home care talk to your My NDIS contact or support coordinator. We may fund other supports if you need longer term accommodation support. For example, we might fund Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) or other supports depending upon your support needs.

Learn more here: Home and living and medium term accommodation.

 

How NDIS make decisions about Short Term Accommodation?

All NDIS supports need to meet the NDIS funding criteria.

When we think about Short Term Accommodation we need to know:

 

  • The need for Short Term Accommodation is related to your disability
  • It helps you pursue your goals
  • It helps you to participate in the community
  • It’s value for money
  • How much support your family and other informal supports provide

Is the Short Term Accommodation related to your disability?

NDIS can only fund Short Term Accommodation if it relates to your disability support needs.

NDIS may fund Short Term Accommodation if:
  • Your family or informal supports can
    support you for longer
  • You might not need as much support in the future
  • It helps you maintain functional capacity
  • It helps you increase your independence
  • It helps you do more activities
NDIS wouldn’t fund Short Term Accommodation for:
  • Longer term accommodation as this is a day to day living cost that anyone is expected to pay
  • Accommodation for another reason, for example waiting for home modifications to be done.

NDIS consider other factors when funding Short Term Accommodation for children. 

Short Term Accommodation is not for holidays. NDIS only fund Short Term Accommodation when the need for this is related to your disability, such as for respite or skill building. Talk to your My NDIS contact or support coordinator if you’re going on holiday and need your disability support delivered in another location.

Does Short Term Accommodation help you pursue your goals?

Short Term Accommodation needs to support you to pursue your goals. This might be something like increasing your independence or building your skills, which may also result in carers having a break.

 

Learn more about setting goals.

Does Short Term Accommodation help you to participate in the community?

We need to understand how Short Term Accommodation will help you participate in the community. For example, it might help you meet new people and develop your independence or social skills.

Is Short Term Accommodation value for money?

One of the things we look at is “value for money.” This means we think about the cost of Short Term Accommodation and how it will benefit you over time.

We think about whether you can share supports with other people. And how many people you can safely share your supports with. This helps us decide what level of support for Short Term Accommodation we fund in your plan.

Usually, NDIS don’t fund individual supports in a Short Term Accommodation setting. You should think about this when exploring Short Term Accommodation options to decide what is most suitable for you.

Do we expect family and informal supports to provide care for you?

When deciding what supports NDIS may fund we also think about your informal supports. Informal supports are your family, friends, and community networks who support you. We consider if they’re able to continue to support you in the long term.

 

We’ll also think about if we might fund other things that can help support your carers. NDIS may fund Short Term Accommodation with other supports that provide a respite effect, and help your carers keep supporting you in the long term. This may include:

 

  • Support to access the community
  • In home care and support
  • Capacity building supports.

NDIS also consider the risk to you and your family’s wellbeing if they continue to support you (without Short Term Accommodation). NDIS also look at how the support provided by your family and networks affects your independence. NDIS compare this to the independence and opportunities Short Term Accommodation may provide. NDIS also consider the role and responsibility of parents in caring for children.

 

What about Short Term Accommodation for children?

NDIS may fund Short Term Accommodation for children if it meets the NDIS funding criteria. It depends on the child’s needs and their family, or carers. They consider the whole family situation. They will also talk to parents and children about other funded supports that may also be available to help.

 NDIS might fund Short Term Accommodation for children who need much more support than other children their age. For example, parents usually help young children with toileting, but they don’t expect this for a teenager or adult without a disability.

 

Read more here.

 

How do you get Short Term Accommodation in your plan?

To get Short Term Accommodation in your plan, you need to give NDIS evidence that helps them understand the disability related supports you need. NDIS also need to know how it will help you pursue your goals. Talk to your My NDIS contact or support coordinator to work out what evidence NDIS need. Learn more about the evidence we need before we create your plan.

Supports always need to meet the NDIS funding criteria before NDIS can include it in your plan. Remember, you may not need funding for Short Term Accommodation put into your plan. You can choose to use your Core budget on supports like Short Term Accommodation if it helps you pursue your goals. Learn more about using your plan.

Talk to your My NDIS contact or support coordinator if you’d like to learn more about Short Term Accommodation. You can ask for a change to your plan if your situation has changed. Or, if you think your current plan doesn’t have the Short Term Accommodation support you need.6 Learn more about changing your plan.

Can you use Short Term Accommodation in a crisis situation?

Short Term Accommodation is not for housing crisis situations. Short Term Accommodation can only be funded where the need relates directly to your disability. Learn more about disability related supports at is Short Term Accommodation related to your disability?

If you’re homeless or need somewhere to live you can contact homeless services in your state or territory. You can learn about supports available through Homelessness Australia.

Sometimes a crisis can occur such as your carers suddenly can’t care for you. Or you’re at risk of harm in your current home. We can help you work out the best option to meet your disability support needs. Contact your My NDIS contact or support coordinator for more information.

Reference list

2 NDIS (Supports for Participants) Rules r 3.1(b)(ii)(A).
3 NDIS (Supports for Participants) Rules r 3.1(c).
4 NDIS Act s 34(1)(b).
5 NDIS Act s 34(1)(b).
6 NDIS Act ss47A(2); 48(2)

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