Taking a short break from your work is essential. It helps maintain positive carer and family relationships. It also allows you to network with new people and experience exciting things. NDIS short term accommodation is a way of getting respite care that lets you and your caregiver have a break and change of environment.
Navigating the various respite alternatives through short-term accommodation under NDIS is confusing. For this reason, here’s a guide to assist you in understanding everything you need to know.
Defining Short-Term Accommodation
Short-term accommodation (STA) is a way of offering respite care that allows both you and your caregiver to have a break and even change the environment. This is support for when you need to live away from home for a while. It gives you a chance to try new things visit different places, develop new skills and make new friends.
Features of STA
even though it’s referred to as short-term accommodation, you get a lot more than simply a place to stay. STA includes face-to-face care, where you’ll be paired with a supportive caregiver for the duration of your stay. They are often picked to best suit your specific needs.
There is also short-term group alternatives that match your needs with other individuals who might have the same interests and needs. This is ideal for individuals who love participating in group activities and whose disabilities don’t hamper them from participating.
Aside from these two options, there are weekend or overnight facility-based support options if you are only looking to stay for a really short time. Even though STA services are always delivered in a group-based facility, some agencies offer STA as extra support in your home.
Benefits of STA
A short stay far from home can assist you in:
- Making new friends and meeting new people
- Trying new activities
- Enjoying a change of environment
- Stepping outside your comfort zone
- Recharge and distress
- Increasing independence
Most STA providers provide capacity-building group activities as part of your stays, like art therapy sessions, day trips, and group fitness activities. When you stay in STA, you will have a break from routine while your informal support network gets time for themselves. Taking a break from your caregiver is important as it helps maintain a positive family and carer relationship.
How STA Funding Work Under NDIS
The NDIS funds STA under the core support section of assistance with daily living. The scheme determines if STA is reasonable and necessary for you depending on the level of support you need, the informal support system you have, your goals and your living situation. For instance, if you have high support needs and your primary caregiver needs a break, NDIS can cover your STA costs. Similarly, if you are thinking of building your independence and staying in STA will positively impact your skills.
NDIS short-term accommodation funding comprises all the basic expenditures in a 24-hour duration related to services like:
- Accommodation in a good facility
- Activities you and the provider chooses
In most cases, NDIS funds up to 28 days per year. However, there is some flexibility when using your assigned STA days. For instance, you may want to use two weeks or one weekend of the month.
The amount of money you can get depends on the support you need.
For instance, if you have a high support requirement and your partner is your caregiver, you might get the full 28 days of NDIS short-term accommodation funding.
For those with mid-level support requirements who want to build their independence before going back to their homes, the NDIS might offer enough funding for a night away from home every month.
Basically, you share the NDIS funding with others unless you provide evidence that you need personal support due to your disabili y.