Short Term Accommodation, Respite and the NDIS
Sometimes, we just need a break, to get away from our everyday. Additional support through respite care can be a much-needed form of support for people with disability and their support network.
At Breakaway Retreats, we understand that. There is support available.
Short Term Accommodation (STA) is a way of providing respite care can be funded through NDIS., This type of support is often misunderstood, so we thought we would shed some light on how it works.
Respite care: what is it?
Respite care allows for both a person with a disability and their carer to have a break from routine or a change of scenery. It is the alternative care that is put in place while a usual care giver is unavailable. Respite care is designed to give you and your carer a well-earned break.
At Breakaway Retreats, we not only look after the accommodation side of things, we also organise the support you will need whilst staying at one of our locations. Depending on the level of care you require, your STA provider may allow you to share a support worker with other guests, which can help give you more value for money.
We can also offer capacity-building group activities as part of your stays, such as art therapy sessions, group fitness activities, or day trips.
How does the NDIS fund STA?
The NDIS funds STA under the Core Support category ‘Assistance with Daily Living’ (Category 1).
The level of support you require determines the amount of funding you receive. Generally, the more support your informal network or carer provides, the more breaks they may need throughout the year and the more funding for STA you’ll receive.
How can I get STA included in my plan?
During your planning or plan review meeting, you are able to request funding for respite care.
You should explain how much support you require and how your informal support network or carer helps to deliver that support day-to-day during your meeting. Try to highlight the effect this has on both of you, and how STA would help the situation. Highlight the effect this has on both of you, and how STA would assist the situation during your planning appointment.
Remember to take any documents that support what you are saying and your case. This is particularly important when it comes to STA. Documentation from your Occupational Therapist or a Psychologist are good examples that can increase your chances of receiving funding for STA. Another very useful document would be letter from an informal support person explaining their role and why respite care would help give them a chance to relax and recharge and avoid burnout.
Essentially, you should take any evidence that makes it easier for the NDIS to understand your situation and why it’s reasonable and necessary for you to receive respite care.