Common Questions about NDIS Short-Term Accommodation

We receive many questions regarding what funding for short-term accommodation covers, when you can request it, and how you can benefit from it. This is our guide to short-term accommodation to equip you with a better understanding of it.

What is NDIS Short-Term Accommodation?

Short-term accommodation is support for when you need to live outside of your home for a short time. It may also offer caregivers an opportunity to take a break from their duties, this is known as respite. Lastly, it could assist you if your usual support system isn’t available for a short time.

A brief absence from your home is a chance to take an opportunity to relax, learn new skills or abilities and meet new people.

What does Short-Term Accommodation cover?

In addition to accommodation, it includes the services that you receive while staying there. The services are:

  • Personal care
  • Food
  • Activities that you and your provider agree on

 

Based on the service provider, activities could be art-therapy sessions, fitness group exercises, or day excursions.

How to include Short-Term Accommodation in your NDIS plan?

The NDIS offers short-term accommodation under the core support category of “Assistance with Daily Living”. The NDIS will determine whether short-term accommodation is reasonable and necessary in your case (and how much funding for short-term accommodation you may receive under your plan) in relation to the amount of support you require, the other assistances you have in your life, and the goals you have set for yourself.

Examples could include:

  • Someone who has high support needs or whose support systems (like family members) require breaks (respite help). This can help make informal support sustainable.
  • A person who wants to gain independence, therefore being away from their regular family and friends allows them to learn new capabilities in a completely new setting.
  • A teenager who wants to increase their involvement in the community might benefit by attending a holiday school camp. This could also be beneficial to those who are their informal support group and are required to work during the school breaks.

Typically, the NDIS will only cover up to 28 days of short-term accommodation each year. The short-term accommodation fund is flexible, and you can choose whether to utilise it all at once or spread it across the year.

The majority of funding is for the cost of group short-term accommodation, which means that you can share support with other participants.

The NDIA might also fund other assistance, including medium-term accommodation for those who require longer housing.

Getting NDIS Short-Term Accommodation

If you would like your plan to contain funds for temporary accommodation, you will need to talk to the NDIA organiser or LAC at the planning meeting or review.

At this meeting, you must explain the amount of support you require and present as much supporting resources as you can. The NDIS usually requires a very comprehensive and objective understanding of your situation before they will grant you short-term accommodation funds. Some ways to demonstrate this understanding could be presenting a report from a therapist on how short-term housing could benefit you, or an email from your informal advocate explaining their role and why they would benefit from respite care. You could also provide a written description on why staying in a short-term accommodation can help you achieve your goals for increased independence or involvement in the community.

You can gather any information that will help the NDIS to understand your circumstances and why short-term accommodation is appropriate for you.

Using your Short-Term Accommodation budget

The most efficient and effective way to make use of your short-term accommodation budget is through a service provider that can provide all your meals, accommodation, and care/support services, and collectively bill them.

Short Term Accommodation is not meant to be used as holiday accommodation. The assistance should be related to your condition and circumstance. If the assistance will assist you in achieving your objectives and being active in the community, it’s a great idea to keep some supporting evidence of your intentions to acquire short-term accommodation funding in your NDIS plan.

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At PSS, we’re dedicated to providing you with supports and services that are tailored to your NDIS plan. We want to assist you in achieving the goals you’ve set out in your plan.

We are an NDIS-registered provider who is dedicated to providing specialised and individualised care to each of our clients. We collaborate with you to ensure that you have the highest possible quality of life. Contact us today and let us help you reach your goals!

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