Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), what was known as respite is now called short-term accommodation.
Respite offers short-term breaks for families or carers of children and adults with a disability to help support and maintain their care giving relationships.
It provides a positive experience including the opportunity to mix with other people giving the regular carer a break.
Families have the constant responsibility of providing care to their family member with a disability. Parents and carers often have little time for themselves to maintain their own interests, health and relationships. Planned respite gives families that all-important break.
Respite is available to anyone with an intellectual disability with the minimum age of eight years.
These services are funded under the following NDIS categories:
Respite (Short term accommodation) supports are delivered by:
- NDIS pre-planning
- Early childhood intervention
- Therapists and assistive technology
- Support coordination and plan management
- Day services
- Social, recreational and leisure activities
- Psychology, counselling and behaviour management
- Life skills development
- Home mods and specialist accommodation
- Group homes
- Drop-in support
- Employment and readiness