5 February 2019
Respite Services – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Genevieve Vel
Funding for respite is available under the NDIS, however, the terminologies used for “respite” can be a bit confusing for service users. Respite is listed as follows under NDIS:
• Short term accommodation and assistance;
• Assistance in living arrangements (host family/alternative family) solution; and
• Assistance with self-care overnight (different levels)
Respite is provided for eligible NDIS participants and can be used for different respite options. For example; in-home respite, centre-based day respite, overnight stay respite and a combination of these different options.
As rewarding as it is to care for a loved one with a disability, it is important for carers to have regular breaks. The responsibilities of a carer can be demanding and at times overwhelming. Other factors such as illness and ageing can place their well being at risk and in turn compromise their ability to continue in their caring role. This is where the need for “Self-Care” for these carers becomes very important and having the option of respite for their loved ones allows the carers the time to relax and to take some time out for themselves.
In 2006, Interchange Australia purchased a four bedroom property in Burradoo to meet the high demand for respite services in the Wingecarribee Shire. The property was named Springett House in honour of the donation the Springett Family Foundation made towards the purchase. Demand has remained high for these services. In 2008, the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) renovated the garage into a studio to increase capacity. In 2015, the KKKK funded the addition of a bedroom to the studio to accommodate staff caring for people with high care needs.
Springett House offers a large recently renovated open plan kitchen with dual cooking stations and wheelchair accessible benches, large dining and lounge rooms with flat screen TVs, gaming consoles, computers and spacious bathrooms that cater for participants with physical disabilities. It also has a great outdoor area fitted with a sensory garden, sporting equipment, undercover BBQ and cafe style dining area.
Springett House is a fun and inclusive environment, where peers can socialise and enjoy participating in a wide range of activities. We provide a safe and supported space where clients have the opportunity to practice and build their independent living skills or enjoy some regularity in times of crisis.
Currently, Interchange Australia is able to accommodate eight clients and two staff members for overnight respite stay at Springett House.
Interchange Australia provides centre-based respite every weekend from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. We also provide respite for a men’s group every Thursday night and have the capacity to accommodate respite on other weekdays. In-home respite can also be arranged.
During respite, Interchange Australia follows a unique Individual Care Plan that our staff put together with clients and carers to ensure that every respite service is a positive experience and meets the clients’ needs. Whether the clients choose to stay in or go out into the community for a meal or to watch a movie, they’re sure to have a great time.
Carers are encouraged to link with Interchange Australia if they have a need for respite. Call us on 1300 112 334 to arrange a time to meet with one of our friendly and experienced Consultants to learn more about how Interchange Australia can help you.