Short Term Accommodation
All About You Supports (AAYS) offers short term accommodation to adult (over 18) NDIS participants.
Our accommodation is located in Waratah and Newcastle, NSW. Please browse photos and information about our accommodation here. We are constantly expanding our range of accommodation.
Our services are offered under the Short Term Accommodation and Assistance (STAA) program, which is a program specific to the NDIS.
What is Short Term Accommodation & Assistance?
The STAA program was previously referred to as ‘respite care’. The STAA is NDIS funding for an NDIS participant to receive short term accommodation. This can take place one of two ways:
- Attend short term accommodation at a respite facility (most common) or;
- Hire AAYS care staff at their personal home, allowing their primary caregiver to take leave (least common)
STAA provides temporary relief for a primary caregiver. This allows them to take a break from the demands of caregiving and know that their dependent is well cared for. The STAA program leads to positive results for both NDIS participants and their caregivers.
How Long does Respite Care Go For?
This is variable. Typically, people attend STAA from a few nights per week, to a few nights per month. The maximum stay is 14 days. NDIS participants can attend STAA programs as many times as their NDIS budgets permit.
In the event you would like longer term accommodation, please talk to us about our Supported Independent Living (SIL) service.
Who Can Access STAA Services?
This service is available to adult NDIS participants.
Short-term accommodation is funded under the NDIS category of ‘core supports, daily activities’. Based on the participants individual NDIS funding, they may be eligible to receive short-term accommodation.
What does Short Term Accommodation Include?
AAYS has created safe, appropriate accommodation for people living with physical and/or neurological disabilities. We accommodate the individual routines and requirements of each resident. Our service includes:
- Meals and clinical care
- Home access, rents, rails and other necessary physical supports
- A sensory room for residents with high sensory needs
- Flexible accommodation options, from one day to two weeks
- Daily activities designed according to the abilities and goals of each participant
- Group activities including, movies, bowling and cooking
- Entertainment (TVs, movies)
- Transport and supervision to community activities
Our caring and committed AAYS care staff have all the appropriate certification and checks in place. Carers report that participants benefit from the short-term accommodation and display progress in social skills and other skills, such as verbalisation, due to the positive interactions with other residents and the support they are given while in care.
Short Term Accommodation FAQ
How do I access STAA?
Please call us on 02 4915 6771 or leave an enquiry through our contact page.
NDIS participants are welcome to visit our homes to meet us in person and view the facilities. Alternatively, please browse our accommodation online here, or we can send you an information pack in the mail.
Carers are also invited to visit the premises for a couple of hours to see if their dependents enjoy the environment. We will also use the time to investigate the supports that would be beneficial.
We welcome medical professionals to attend our premises, such as Occupational Therapists, to ensure our accommodation is safe to access and live in for the participant.
Who staffs AAYS's accommodation?
Our properties are staffed by in-house AAYS care staff. We are:
- Fully licensed and insured
- Possess current Working With Children Checks (WWCC)
- Current Police Checks
- NDIS registered
- An Australian Company
All external medical and security staff who attend the property will also possess the respective registrations and checks.
What happens if I don't have funding for STAA?
In the event a participant would like STAA, yet do not have current funding, we can write a report to the NDIS on your behalf to hopefully obtain the reasonable and necessary STAA funding.
If you have any particular accommodation requests, please chat with our office, and we will see if we can assist you, and arrangements for extended stays can be made.
If you are not currently funded, we can also assist you with a Change of Circumstances application to the NDIS.
Can you share an inspiring story from a participant?
We met a lovely NDIS participant that truly loves short term accommodation! This lovely person previously had trouble accessing the community, now they spend a few days a week at our accommodation:
- Walking on the beach
- Talking with friends
- Working towards goals with support workers
- Cooking healthy meals
This has led to several positive outcomes for that person, as they’re living a life that is positive and meaningful to them!
Ready to Work With AAYS?
We’d love to hear from you. Here’s what we can tell you about our services.
- We cater to your preferences, not ours
- You’ll do activities that are meaningful to you
- You’ll make a lot of new friends
- You’ll work towards your NDIS goals