NDIS respite care

Aug 22, 2023 | 0 comments

What Is The Difference Between NDIS Respite Care For Short- Or Medium-term Accommodation?

Two options covered under NDIS respite care are short-term and medium-term accommodation. Both offer the opportunity to spend some time away from your everyday surroundings and enjoy benefits like learning new skills and meeting new people.

Let’s explore these two options, how they differ, and the benefits that each offers.

Short-term Accommodation (STA)

Short-term accommodation is the answer when carers or families need a break from their typical routine. It is funded by NDIS for up to 14 days away from your regular lodgings. It could be in single quarters or a group setting, but still with the right amount of care and support according to your needs.

The great thing about this is that you can try new things (for example, art classes, fitness activities, or day trips) on offer at your temporary accommodation and also widen your social circle and meet new people.

Benefits of STA:

  • It is an opportunity to try new activities or hobbies.
  • A chance to step out of your comfort zone in a secure, caring and supportive environment.
  • Everyone has time to relax, unwind and recharge.
  • Provides opportunities to practice skills to increase independence.
  • Includes the prospect of meeting new people and making new friends.
Medium-term Accommodation (MTA)

This type of benefit can be accessed when, for example, your new long-term accommodation is not yet available or is being upgraded or renovated to meet your needs, and would generally be available for up to 90 days.

NDIS funding for MTA does not include daily living expenses like food and electricity, nor does it cover personal care support. Contact your NDIS coordinator to find out how these items are funded separately.

Benefits of MTA:

  • MTA is an excellent option for transitional support for someone moving from one long-term accommodation to another.
  • They provide a supportive environment and services tailored to each person’s needs and may include assistance such as therapy, transportation assistance, social activities and group sessions.

Contact New Dawn Healthcare today to find out more about our NDIS-funded respite care in the form of both short- and medium-term accommodation. Our services focus on helping you live the way that you want to in a caring and supportive environment.