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Respite is an area we’ve found has been confusing for many people transitioning to the NDIS.
Initially it was believed that respite would not be offered as part of funding packages, because it was thought to benefit family/carers, rather than the person with a disability who receives the funding.
Overwhelming caring responsibilities and other factors such as illness and ageing can place carers’ wellbeing at risk and compromise their ability to continue in the caring role.
There are three levels of respite-like supports available for funding as part of plans:
These levels of support will be determined by the level of disability and intensity of support required from family or informal carers, and other commitments – like work or study – of carers.
Higher levels of respite may be provided where there are:
In a nutshell this means that respite options in your area – such as flexi, in-home respite, centre based day respite or overnight respite are able to be funded as part of plans, providing you’re eligible.
We've prepared a downloadable fact sheet that includes applicable NDIS support items and reference numbers to enable you to understand how to specifically request respite options in your plan.
For more information on respite options at Endeavour Foundation, click here.
*Click here to read the NDIA ‘Supports for Sustaining Informal Supports’
Other family supports available from the NDIS: https://myplace.ndis.gov.au/ndisstorefront/families-carers/family-supports.html
Carers Australia has a wealth of useful information for carers: www.carersaustralia.com.au/
Carer Gateway provides information and practice advice: www.carergateway.gov.au
A pre-planning booklet to help you to think about the supports you want and need – now and in the future – before meeting with your NDIA planner.
A practical, comprehensive guide to the NDIS, to help people understand the various components of the NDIS and how to access them.
A handy guide of NDIS FAQs and a glossary so you can familiarise yourself with NDIS language before your planning meeting.