(Short Term Accommodation)
These support items provide integrated support for self-care, accommodation, food and activities in a centre or group residence for short periods.
May also include a period of respite, which aims to support ongoing caring arrangements between participants and their carers.
STA/respite allows the opportunity for the participant to be supported by someone else whilst providing their carer with short term breaks from their usual caring responsibilities.
The support items include all expenses in a 24 hour period including assistance with self care or community access activities, accommodation, food and negotiated activities. Typically, this type of support would be used for short periods of up to 14 days at a time (exceptions may be made). For longer term arrangements, other options are likely to be more appropriate (e.g. STA or MTA).
In cases where a participant will receive substantially less than 24 hours of assistance with daily personal activities, it may be appropriate for the participant and provider to negotiate a lower price than the maximum price specified in NDIS Pricing arrangements and Price Limits, based on the actual hours of support provided.
Also, where a participant enters late in the accommodation, it may be appropriate to claim the daily rate for the day of the week that the majority of the support is provided.
About Respite Care
Respite care provides an organised, temporary break both for carers and the person they care for. Letting someone else do the caring for a few hours or days has benefits for both of you.
Carers get physically and emotionally tired. It is important that they can have a break so they can be better carers. Respite care is designed to give carers a break for a limited period of time. Someone else provides care so the carer can go on holiday, attend to everyday activities or just relax. Respite care can last from a few hours to a few weeks. It is meant to be a positive experience, both for the carer and the person being cared for.