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, such as 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.
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.
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.
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.
- For information go to the website www.interchangeau.org, www.facebook.com/interchangeau or call 1300 112 334.