Taking a break from your carer is beneficial to both of you. It not only aids in the maintenance of strong family and caregiver relationships, but it also provides opportunities to meet new people and try new things.
Short-Term Accommodation (STA) under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) might be challenging to understand, so we’ve put together a guide to assist you in figuring out what it means and how to receive it.
What is Short-Term Accommodation (STA)?
STA is a type of respite care that lets you and your caregiver take a break or change of scenery.
It’s a broad term that encompasses a variety of STA disability support services, as well as respite care. STA allows you to live away from home for a brief amount of time in a safe and supportive environment.
STA could look like:
● Short-term one-on-one care in which you are partnered with a support worker for a period of time that is tailored to your specific requirements. This time might be spent at home or in the community, participating in local events such as camps.
● Short-term group options link your needs with others who may have similar needs and interests and like participating in a group respite activity.
● You can get overnight or weekend facility-based disability support services where your needs and interests fit with shared STA facilities.
● STA is more than just about the accommodation; it’s also about the care you’ll get while you’re there.
What are some of the advantages of STA?
A brief trip away from home can benefit you in the following ways:
● Meet new people and build new friends
● Try new things.
● Take pleasure in a change of scenery
● Take a risk and venture out of your comfort zone.
● Relax and re-energize.
● Boost your independence.
Many STA providers include capacity-building group activities like art therapy sessions, group fitness activities, or day trips as part of your stay.
You get a respite from routine by staying in STA, and your informal support network gets some time to themselves.
Taking a break from your caregiver is helpful to both of you since it can help you maintain positive ties with your family and caregiver. STA is also a fantastic opportunity for older carers to recharge and take a break, as they are more likely to have their own health difficulties.
As you transition to Support Independent Living and move out of your house, planned regular stays away from home can also help you gain independence.
How does STA funding work under the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds’ Short-Term Accommodation and Assistance’ under the Core Support category
STA funding covers the essential expenses associated with the service within 24 hours, including:
● Accommodation in an appropriate facility
● Personal attention and assistance (including overnight)
● Activities you and the service provider have agreed to
The NDIS typically funds STA for up to 28 days per year. However, when using your allotted STA days, you have some leeway. You might, for example, divide it into two 14-day blocks or utilise it once a month for one weekend.
The amount of funding you can get depends on how much support you need.
How to get STA in your NDIS plan?
The NDIS will fund STA if it is related to one of your NDIS Plan goals, just like any other support.
These goals could include ‘preparing to live independently,’ ‘learning new life skills,’ or ‘making new friends.’
You’ll need to provide any evidence that helps the NDIS understand why receiving STA is reasonable and required for you.
This could include formal evidence from an Occupational Therapist or other experts, as well as a letter from the persons who are giving informal supports, explaining why they (and you) need a break.
Other choices, such as Supported Independent Living, are more likely to be included in your plan if you require longer-term housing or at-home supports.
Looking for Short Term Accommodation or need a helping hand to care for your loved one?
We understand that unpredictable events happen in life, preventing carers or family members from providing their usual assistance to loved ones.
That is why at Ebenezer Mission, our disability support services offer an opportunity for carers to take a small break and give people with disabilities the perfect ‘home away from home. Your loved ones will be cared for by professional and friendly carers. They will also enjoy fun activities, explore their interests and meet new people in a safe and comfortable environment.