How you can utilise your NDIS funding for SSRC/VOOHC respite?


Specialised Substitute Residential Care (SSRC), formerly known as Voluntary Out-of-Home Care (VOOHC), provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to stay in a residential facility for a brief period, typically ranging from a few hours to several days. During their stay, Participants receive tailored support and care from trained staff, allowing their primary caregivers to take a break.



Key Features of SSRC/VOOHC

  • Comprehensive Care Options: The service offers a range of care options, including short-term stays, overnight care with host families, longer-term residential care, and specialised programs for behaviour support and rehabilitation, ensuring that the needs of children are addressed effectively.


  • Flexibility and Customisation: Care arrangements can be tailored to suit the unique requirements of each child, whether they need respite, behaviour support, or specific therapeutic interventions.


  • Enhanced Oversight and Monitoring: The use of a specialised substitute residential care register enables comprehensive tracking of a child’s care history across different providers, ensuring proper oversight and preventing prolonged stays without supervision.


  • Regulatory Compliance: The service operates under the regulatory framework of the Child Safe Scheme, ensuring adherence to strict standards for child protection and safety.


  • Continuous Improvement: Compliance with the code of practice under the Child Safe Scheme fosters a culture of continuous improvement among providers, leading to better outcomes for children in care.



Utilising NDIS Funding for SSRC/VOOHC

Accessing SSRC/VOOHC support through the NDIS involves undergoing an assessment to determine eligibility and support needs. Funding for SSRC/VOOHC is allocated based on the individual’s support plan, which outlines their goals, preferences, and requirements for respite care. Participants can then choose SSRC/VOOHC providers or facilities that align with their needs and preferences, with NDIS funding covering the costs associated with the respite stay. For further insights, feel free to explore additional details on this website


Overall, the service offers a holistic approach to caring for children in need, with a focus on safety, quality, and individualised support. By understanding the benefits of this service and utilising their NDIS funding effectively, individuals can access the respite care that best meets their needs, providing temporary relief and support while ensuring their overall well-being and quality of life.



If you would like to find more information about Empowered Community Services SSRC Respite options, contact our friendly team at 0240 549 286. Alternatively, click the button below to submit an expression of interest.

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