How does respite care work under the NDIS? How is it funded and what are your options? Read on to learn more.
What is respite?
Respite services and respite care can include any of the following:
Funding for short term accommodation
Short term accommodation is funding for support and accommodation to enable your child to spend a short time away from your home. It covers the cost of their care in a centre like Xavier Place for up to 14 days at a time. It includes funding for:
Usually the NDIS will fund up to 28 days of short term accommodation per year. You can use your short term accommodation funding flexibly to suit your needs. For example, you may want to use 5 or 10 days at one time or for multiple weekends or in a one month block. The standard rates for short term accommodation can be found in the NDIS Price Guide.
If you don’t have funding for short term accommodation in your child’s plan, you can choose to use your Core budget instead. You should think about the best way to use your budget to meet the needs of your child and your family.
Reasonable and necessary
In order to receive funding for short term accommodation, the NDIA must deem it a reasonable and necessary support (as per other supports in your child’s plan).
The NDIS website states that, in order to be considered reasonable and necessary, a support or service:
What is Support Independent Living?
Support Independent Living (SIL) is different from short term accommodation. SIL is a type of help or supervision with daily tasks to enable people with a disability to live as independently as possible, while building their skills. It is a paid personal support and includes things like someone to help with personal care tasks or cooking meals.
What is Specialise Disability Accommodation?
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is also different from short term accommodation. It is where people living with disability have high support needs and need to live in specially designed houses.
For further information on Xavier Place in the Brisbane suburb of Yeerongpilly, give us a call on 1800 XAVIER or visit the Xavier Place page. At Xavier Place we provide short term accommodation and respite care for children and young people in Brisbane and surrounding areas with complex disability and related health needs.