Respite Care and Short Term Accommodation

What is Respite Care and STA?

Short-Term Accommodation and Respite Care are support for when you may need to spend time away from your home or away from your usual carers and need access to 24 hour care with accommodation. Respite Care and STA are packaged supports and allows for your stay away from home. 

This includes your:
  • Accommodation
  • 24 hr Personal Care Supports
  • Foods and drinks
  • Activities

There are no out of pocket expenses to access STA or Respite Care.

How to Access Respite Care

You can use the Core Budget of your NDIS plan to access STA/Respite Care, it does not have to be stated directly in your plan. You should consider discussing this support with your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or your Support Coordinator and apply directly for this support at your next plan review meeting. If approved the NDIA will usually fund up to 28 days of STA per year and you can use this funding Flexibly. For example you may choose to access it up to 14 days at a time or you can decide to use it for one weekend per month. Regardless of what you choose it is your choice and control.

What Can I Use Respite Care For?

You can access short-term accommodation and respite care if you:

  • Need a break from looking after someone?
  • Wanting to meet new people?
  • Looking to engage in different activities?
  • Want to become more socially active
  • Looking for opportunities to gain new skills?

Looking to Take a Break or Want to Get Away?

At Melbourne Disability Services we understand that there may be occasions where carers and family members are unable to look after their loved one or sometimes you may just need a break from your duties. We are here to support you and your loved one, so you can have some time to yourself, rejuvenate, relax and be confident that your loved ones are in safe hands & receiving quality supports.

MDS offers Short-Term Accommodation and Respite Care to NDIS participants who are looking to stay away from home for some time. We have nice cosy homes and great little apartments to accommodate you, we usually plan for fun and creative activities for you to participate in.

We have readily available staff and you have access to 24 hour care if you needed. We make home cooked meals as well as allow for some takeout and we also offer transport so you can tend to your appointments and other bookings whilst you stay with us.

Respite Care Brochure

Independent? Don’t Need Much Support?

If you are independent and do not need much support, we can make arrangements for you to continue to live independently with as much support as you prefer, so you can enjoy your time away from home whilst continuing to build on your independent living skills!

Interested in Respite Care or STA?

If you are interested in accessing respite care with MDS, please contact us directly or fill out the enquiry form and one of our friendly team members will get in touch with you.


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