"Providing a great alternative to traditional respite''

Why Choose an Empowered NDIS Short Stay?

Since 2018, we have done countless NDIS Short Stays for our participants. Each of our short stays has been a truly memorable experience for everyone involved. When we talk about matching participants – we mean it. Each Participant is matched based on suitability. We want your respite to be a trip to remember!

During our initial meeting, we will listen to your interests and discuss some possible activities and locations you would like to visit. We will gather all the necessary information, such as your support requirements, any medication that needs to be administered and how you want your eggs cooked in the morning.

Nervous about going away with someone you’ve never met? That’s okay to break the ice; we will organise a meet and greet, so the first time you meet the Support Worker isn’t on the way to the airport. Your about to spend a couple of days together, so we want to make sure you and Support Worker are comfortable working together!

We will have an organised itinerary during the trip, so you know exactly what is happening and on which day. Don’t forget to keep an eye on your mailbox post-getaway, and you’ll receive a photo book filled with images from all the memorable moments from the trip.

If this sounds good to you, contact our Empowered team for more information.

 

Halloween in Queensland

Ability Fest Melbourne

Gold Coast Theme Parks

Sydney Royal Easter Show

Supanova Sydney

Vivid Light Festival

Melbourne Zoo

Moreton Island Cruise

Great Barrier Reef

Halloween @ Port Macquarie

Summer Bay (Home and Away)

“My favourite thing about this role is when a Participant returns from their short stay and tells me what an amazing time they had. Then, I get to go through all the incredible photos and put together the photo books, knowing that they will have these memories forever. Empowered short stays are unique and cater to the individual needs of each Participant, so, the Participant can let me know where they want to go and what they want to do.”

Paige Hammond

Respite Coordinator

How is respite funded?

We often get asked by participants and stakeholders how short stays are funded under the NDIS. Short stays fall under the short-term accommodation line item (This comes from the Core Budget in a Participants NDIS Plan). 

The NDIS price guide defines the short-term accommodation line item as “Integrated support for self-care, accommodation, food & activities in a centre or group residence for short periods”. This line item can be used flexibly over 24 hours to provide accommodation, food & negotiated activities over a short period. A portion of that funding can be used towards a hotel or an Airbnb, activities and going out for a nice meal.

Participants wishing to have a short stay should have a clearly defined goal in their NDIS plan that relates to respite or short-term accommodation. The purpose of the short stay should be included in the plan as part of the participant’s goal.

If you are a participant or a provider and have questions about using this line item, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our friendly team would be happy to chat through potential options with you.

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