What is NDIS short-term accommodation?
January 7, 2022
If you are looking for assistance with daily activities and core support for a short stay, NDIS-funded short-term accommodation might be the perfect option.
If you have not been introduced to the concept of short to medium-term stays in an NDIS-funded environment, it’s all about providing you with an accessible, supportive and enjoyable place to call home for a a few days at a time. Short- and medium-term accommodation (STA/MTA) is funded under the NDIS to provide respite care and is often perfect when your usual carers aren’t available, or for when you need a break from your usual routine.
What is NDIS short term accommodation?
We often receive inquiries about short term accommodation and assistance under the NDIS. People often ask, ‘What is NDIS short term accommodation?’ and ‘How can I determine if short term accommodation and assistance is suitable for me?’
For those lost in the sea of jargon and definitions, let’s make it simple. Short- and medium-term accommodation (STA/MTA) is funded for eligible participant’s NDIS plans, and the support is designed to provide people with disabilities and their carers with a break to relax and recharge.
Our goal is to ensure you can live the independent life you desire while staying with us. In vibrant communities near amenities, local attractions, and recreational activities, our STA and MTA houses provide not only a place to stay but also opportunities to learn, meet new people, and explore the community. During your short stay at Aspire Hub’s accommodation, you can even engage in some of our most popular activities, such as the Footy Weekend, Explorer Weekend, and Food Trail.
Participants have the opportunity to access respite for a continuous period of 14 days. The NDIS usually funds up to 28 days of Short-Term Accommodation (STA) in a year, allowing individuals to enjoy a 14-day stay to relax, recharge, and receive the support they need. Whether you choose to utilise the full 14-day block or opt for smaller periods, the flexibility is yours to customise your respite experience.
What is included in short- and medium-term accommodation?
Your experience in STA/MTA and the level of assistance you receive is completely based on your individual requirements. At Aspire Hub we work with you to make sure you can live the independent life you want to.
Some of the supports in a short or medium-term stay in our homes include:
- Personal care, such as assistance in showering, oral hygiene, dressing and toileting.
- Medication management, including storage and administration of medication.
- Assistance in personal development to support you in achieving your goals.
- Assistance in lifestyle and recreational activities, such as engaging in your favourite hobbies, visiting local attractions, meeting new people and engaging with the community.
Is short- or medium-term accommodation right for me?
There are a myriad of reasons why medium term accommodation might be the right choice for you. Whether you are waiting to move into suitable long-term housing, or are just looking to try something new, Aspire Hub can help you find a place just like home.
Short term accommodation or respite may be suitable for you if:
- you can demonstrate that time away from your current home gives informal supports and/or your carer a break;
- you believe time away from home can help you achieve your goals outlined on your NDIS plan; or
- time away from home can help you meet new friends and try new activities.
Will I receive funding for short- or medium-term accommodation?
The NDIS delegates funds to participants based on a list of reasonable and necessary criteria. To be considered eligible for NDIS funded STA/MTA, the NDIA will decide whether this option will help you pursue your goals, improve your ability to do things with less support, reduce your need for person-to-person supports, or create better connections with your family, community, health services, education, and employment.
Once you have applied for NDIS funding for STA/MTA by completing the Home and Living Supports Request form on the NDIS website, your assessment will begin. The NDIA will look at the information provided in this form and any other supporting documentation to assess the level of home and living supports required to help you reach your goals. The NDIS price guide provides an overview of the costs associated with short-term accommodation and assistance.
It is important to note that you may not need Short Term Accommodation put into your NDIS plan. You can choose to use your Core budget on supports like Short Term Accommodation if it helps you pursue your goals.
If you still aren’t quite sure about what is NDIS short term accommodation and how you can benefit from it, you can contact us today on 07 3074 9440 or by filling out this contact form. You can also read this post “Valerie’s first respite experience” to learn more.