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All You Need to Know About Short-Term Accommodation for NDIS Participants

NDIS Short-Term Accommodation (STA) in Dandenong provides support and accommodation for a short time outside of the participant’s usual home.

STA funding covers care expenses in a different place for up to 14 days. The Participants may have a short stay with other people or by themselves. STA including respite, is a support service for when the participant wishes to live outside of their residence for a short period. To sustain you and your carers, STA funding can be used for respite care. This service may provide your carers a short break from their caring role.

Through short-term accommodation, you can:

  • give yourself the opportunity to try new things
  • make new friends or learn new skills

Short-term accommodation also includes some other services such as:

  • Personal care
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Activity benefits 

Personal Care

NDIS personal care supports under short-term accommodation includes help with daily personal activities and assistance with individual tasks of everyday life such as:

  • including showering, personal hygiene, oral hygiene, bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • bladder and bowel management, toileting, and menstrual care
  • eating and drinking
  • attending appointments
  • use of aids and instruments, listening and communication gadgets
  • mobility and communicating, for example, moving in and out of bed and on or off the toilet

Personal care support may be needed across different settings such as a disabled person living with family or other people, living alone in their own home, or when doing social, education, or employment activities.

Accommodation

Usually, the NDIS fund delivers up to 28 days of STA (Short-Term Accommodation) per year. Participants can utilise their STA budget flexibly. For example, the participant could use up to 14 days in a month. The NDIS participant can decide to use their Core budget on a range of supports like STA to suit their requirements. Ultimately, participants can manage or utilise their budget to suit their needs and to achieve the goals.

Food

The NDIS offers short-term accommodation with some food and other kitchen related supports according to your needs and disability. The NDIS providers can also train and help the participants to make food.

Activities and benefits

The NDIS short-term accommodation activities and benefits include:

  • A chance to make new friends and meet new people
  • An opportunity to try new activities
  • To enjoy a change of scenery
  • To step beyond your comfort zone
  • To de-stress and refresh
  • For more independence

Many short-term accommodation providers deliver capacity-building community activities, such as day trips, art therapy sessions, and group fitness activities. Under the STA, the participant is treated to a break from routine while their informal respite support network gets some time for themselves.

Taking a break from the participant’s carer role is helpful to parties as it can assist in keeping positive relationships between family and carer. Short-term accommodation in Dandenong is also a terrific way for older carers to get a break and refresh as they are more likely to have fitness issues of their own. The main impact of STA is that it can help improve the participant’s independence.

How to get Short-term accommodation in your NDIS plan?

The NDIS will fund short-term accommodation if it connects to one of your goals summarised in your NDIS Plan. These goals might be training to live more independently, discovering new life skills, or making new friends. The applicant will need to provide evidence that makes it clear to the NDIS why it is valuable and necessary for them to receive short-term accommodation services. This may contain formal documentation from an occupational therapist and a letter from the people delivering informal support, describing why they (and you) would benefit from a break. If an applicant needs LTA (longer-term accommodation) or at-home support, other alternatives such as Supported Independent Living are more likely to be contained in the NDIS plan.

Short-Term Accommodation under Personalised Support Services assists people across Melbourne and Dandenong. If you or your loved ones are facing a disability, refer them to our website from where they can receive services that help them achieve their goals.

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