Benefits of respite and short term accommodation

Having a short stay away from home benefits people with disabilities and promotes independence. Accessing funding through the NDIS for short term accommodation is possible and here we tell you how.

What does respite mean in NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for people with a disability to access the support and services they need. Eligible NDIS participants can stay in a place other than their home for up to 14 days.

Short term accommodation for adults is usually funded through the Core Supports Budget. Children with disabilities can access support through their early childhood partner.

What is the difference between respite and short term accommodation?

Through the NDIS, Short Term Accommodation (STA services) describes a service that enables you to live away from home for a short period. Respite services are any that involve staying somewhere else.

Advantages of a short term respite care

There are so many benefits in accessing short term accommodation, including:

  • Enabling you to meet new people, make new friends and try new things
  • Encourages independence, which can boost self esteem and improve well being
  • Gives families a break for a short period
A short term stay somewhere else can feel like a holiday, and a change of scenery is good for your mental health. Your accommodation may be in a new area, allowing you to explore new places. Many people enjoy short term accommodation stays because they offer a break from routine while medium term accommodation allows you to make new connections in the community.

Benefits for family members

Caring for a person with a disability or dementia can be tiring for carers, and everyone is entitled to some time off now and then. Respite can bring much needed relief for families and reduce the physical burden of caring for someone with a disability.

The benefits for family members include:
  • A chance to rest or recharge
  • The opportunity to travel
  • Confidence in knowing that loved ones are comfortable
Sometimes a short break can also improve relationships at home, because stress is reduced. It also takes the pressure of informal supports and encourages independence.

Short term accommodation options

There are different types of accommodation available for people who need short term stays. Many houses are designed specifically for people with disability and limited mobility.

In most cases, you will share supports so you can access care at a group price. You will typically be matched with people who share similar interests or culture. A support worker will either stay on site with you or visit several times during the day.

Chose Nursed Care for respite and short term accommodation

With a head office located in Paramatta, Nursed Care is a great choice for short term accommodation in Sydney. We have access to a number of high quality properties located right around the metropolitan area.

We have received five star reviews for providing care and support to NDIS participants to achieve their goals and learn new skills. We offer stays for anything from one weekend, right up to a few weeks. Most of our clients access short term accommodation for around 14 days at a time. Medium term accommodation can also be arranged for a longer break. The support coordinator or local area coordinator can help NDIS participants plan for a short term accommodation stay. Contact us to discuss your preferences and discover the benefit of respite care, disability support and short term accommodation.

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Short term accommodation includes:

  • A comfortable room and bed, to suit individual support needs and disability requirements
  • Bedding and towels- clean laundry will be provided
  • Disability equipment and tools to promote independence- such as hoists
  • Food and drink- prepared in line with dietary requirements
  • Personal care for those who require individual support
  • Entertainment- facilities are well supplied with a TV, games and books
To help you feel more comfortable during your short time away from home, you can bring familiar items like photographs, toys and books. Also bring your own clothes and pajamas.

You should also bring your mobile phone and a small amount of money for spending. You do not need to pay for support in cash during your stay. The NDIS are generally funding facilities directly. Read our recent blog for more tips.

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