How NDIS Short Term Accommodation can assist your family

Looking into NDIS short term accommodation for a loved one can be a stressful process as you want to make the right choices for them. So how does one know that they’re making the right choice? We go through the factors that will help you help your loved one through the process of booking short term accommodation.

How your loved one can access short term accommodation

Short term accommodation can be accessed through the NDIS. However, the amount of NDIS STA funding that’s received depends on the level of support your loved one requires. Navigating respite options through short term accommodation under the NDIS can be confusing, which is why we’re here to help you get through this process as smoothly and efficiently as possible. NDIS STA funding includes all basic expenses in a 24-hour period related to the service including:

  • Accommodation in a suitable facility
  • Personal care and support (include overnight)
  • Food
  • Activities you and the provider agree to

The NDIS generally funds up to 28 days of STA per year. There is some flexibility when it comes to using your allocated STA days. Like with most support, the NDIS will fund STA if it relates to one of your goals outlined in your NDIS plan. You will need to supply any evidence that makes it easier for the NDIS to understand why it’s reasonable and necessary for you to receive STA. There are many specialised STA providers in each state. These range from small homes to larger, hotel-style facilities, and day-centre settings. Each offers different services and supports to their guests. The Support Coordinator, Local Area Coordinator (LAC), Early Childhood Partner or planner can help you explore the best STA options and providers for your loved one. Use Disability Support Guide’s provider finder to search for STA providers near you.

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The benefits of NDIS specialist disability accommodation

SDA is housing that enables people with very high needs to receive the support that’s required. NDIS SDA provides funding towards the cost of the physical environment for eligible NDIS participants to live and receive their daily supports. When a participant receives an NDIS SDA plan, it will show the design category, building type, and location that’s been approved for their specific circumstance. NDIS SDAs are physical homes with supports delivered, and approved participants usually have extreme impairment and/or require high support. NDIS supported disability accommodation can assist you or your loved one in many ways, and there are several benefits for participants:

  • Designs are specific with comfort care in mind.
  • The properties include accessible features to help you have access to your supports in your home.
  • A wide range of housing options are available.
  • Various providers can assist you in finding the perfect SDA for you or your loved one.
  • Depending on your circumstance, SDA caters to those who live alone or with others.
  • SDA funds are used on properties to make modifications tailored to participants’ individual needs.

Preparing your loved one for their short term stay at Second Home

If your loved one is not used to short-stay accommodation, then it’s completely normal that they might feel reluctant or at least have some questions about who we are and what we do. Here at Second Home, we’ve made it our mission to create a home away from home that is comfortable and inviting for all of our guests. Naturally, we want to create new memories and refresh your and your loved one’s minds and bodies, but you must prepare to make the stay memorable and valuable. Below are some pointers to assist you and your loved one in getting ready for a short term stay with us at Second Home:

  • Ask your loved one if they have any concerns. It’s important to make your loved one a part of the transition wherever you can, which is why we recommend talking to them about their stay. They will likely have questions about Second Home and what we offer, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with us with any concerns you or your loved one might have before their stay.
  • Organise a tour. Some people like to see where they are staying before committing to anything. At Second Home, we understand that choosing short term accommodation is no easy feat, and we encourage our guests and their families to organise a tour of the property before booking their stay.
  • If they are able and willing, pack together. Packing together gives your loved one authority over their trip. It enables them to choose what to take and what to leave behind and reminds them that their time away is a memorable experience just for them.
  • Encourage them to have fun. Of course, we all want you or your loved one to have a great experience here at Second Home, so encouraging them to do just that helps maintain a positive mindset and ensure a memorable experience.
  • Remind them that they aren’t alone. Your loved one may be feeling apprehensive about staying at Second Home. Remind them that there are lots of fun activities and numerous others here to talk to and who offer help. Of course, you’re allowed to visit, too, so letting your loved one know that you’re a phone call away will help put their mind at ease.

For Quality Disability Support Services From An NDIS Provider That Cares, Contact Second Home Today

At Second Home, we’re dedicated to providing all of our guests with individualised support and disability services tailored to their specific needs. We understand that, at times, everyone forgets just to take a minute to breathe, which is why we have created a safe haven for people with disabilities to come and just take a load off. So if you and your loved one are looking for disability support services in Melbourne by compassionate NDIS providers, look no further than Second Home, your supportive home away from home.