20 July 2017
Respite Under the NDIS – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Julie Doran
Respite is an area that has been confusing for many people transitioning into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
When the new NDIS funding commenced it was believed that respite would not be offered as part of participants funding packages, as it was thought to benefit family and carers, rather than the individual with a disability who is receiving the funding. To the great relief of many people, the NDIA now recognises that informal support of family or carers is very important to meet the needs of people with a disability and helps to maintain the close supportive relationships between families and carers.
Currently there is no item listed under NDIS specifically as ‘respite’ which can cause some confusion. However, respite is available but is now referred to as:
- Short term accommodation and assistance;
- Assistance in living arrangements (host family/alternative family) solution; and
- Assistance with self-care overnight (different levels)
Basically, this means that respite options in your area – such as flexible, in-home respite, centre based day respite or overnight respite are able to be funded as part of NDIS plans, providing you are deemed eligible. As rewarding as it is to care for a loved one, carers need a regular break as often they have overwhelming responsibilities, and sometimes other factors such as illness and ageing can place their wellbeing at risk and in turn compromise their ability to continue in they’re caring role.
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 open plan kitchen, dining and lounge rooms with flat screen TVs, gaming consoles, computers, and much more. We have 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.
During the stays we will follow a unique Individual Care Plan that our staff will create with clients and carers to ensure that every visit is a positive experience and meets the clients’ needs. Whether choosing 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.
Whilst a client is enjoying a great weekend of new experiences with friends, families and carers can have some time to themselves. These times can help them to re-charge, re-energise and get on top of things, or spend time with other loved ones.
Carers are encouraged to link with Interchange Australia, we are always there to assist and answer any questions you may have. Call us on 1300 112 334 to arrange a time to meet with one of our friendly and experienced consultants to learn more about what Interchange Australia has to offer – we can’t wait to meet you!