A Respite Accomodation Guide
How can respite accomodation help those with disabilities?
Respite accomodation is basically a form of accomodation for those living with disabilities. Many of those living with disabilities face issues with their at home living situations; parents/carers may face injuries or health issues, making it very difficult to care at home. Respite essentially means short term, it can be used in cases of emergencies where someone has no available accomodation to stay in.
Transitioning to long term accomodation & developing independence while in respite care
Respite can help reduce the stress associated with caring for someone with a disability and give the person with a disability the opportunity to relax and try new activities away from home.
Respite care includes meal plans, clothing, activities available and support staff on hand to manage any issues that arise.
Many respite programs include hobbies, fun activities, games to provide a supportive environment for those living with disabilities who have difficulty living in a household environment.
Learning about the disability is important for respite
Not all disabilities will necessarily require respite accomodation. As many disabilities vary on different levels – some mild, low level disabilities may not require respite. Simple home modifications and changes in environment will be required for very low level disabilities, whereas others may be a lot more difficult to manage. It is important to take on professional advice from therapeutic services, doctors and the correct practitioner before making the decision to apply for respite.
For extra information about short term accomodation – how to get STA in your NDIS plan, and where to find providers etc.
How long can you stay in respite care?
Respite care – you can stay there 30 days as long as your plan/funding permits you. Anything after 30 days becomes medium term accomodation.
Who is eligible for respite care?
Respite care is usually taken from core support funding – for domestic assistance, daily activities and of course respite. You can ask for respite care during or before your plan review with supporting evidence from occupational therapists, psychologists or allied health practitioners. During this meeting with the local area coordinator, you can provide this evidence in order to have sufficient evidence. However the thing with respite care eligibility is that it depends on the disability – it requires assessment on the severity of the disability and whether respite is actually required in that particular case.
Are children eligible for respite care?
Yes they are. However they do not usually require it as they are often being cared for by someone else such as a parent, sibling or carer. Once again children can receive respite care if they are eligible with sufficient evidence.
Finally if you have any questions, contact us at All Supports for any respite enquiries.