Respite Care and Mental Health: Taking Care of the Caregiver

Aastha Community Services

When caring for people with disabilities, the focus primarily concerns the person in need. Their well-being, health, and comfort take precedence, and rightly so. However, while tending to others, the caregivers often find themselves neglecting their own mental and emotional health. This is where the concept of respite care steps in, allowing people with disabilities and their carers to take a short break from their normal routine. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers Short-Term Accommodation (STA) support, which includes funding for respite service and thereby provides valuable support to both participants and their caregivers in several impactful ways.

NDIS Short-Term Accommodation, including respite, create a supportive environment where participants can take a break from their usual routines, experience new opportunities, and benefit from specialised care. This temporary respite not only rejuvenates but also contributes significantly to the overall well-being and quality of care provided in the long run as it enhances the mental health of the participants and their carers. STA funding covers the cost of accommodation, food, personal care and skill-building activities for eligible people with disabilities during a short stay away from home. At times, a short stay
away from your usual residence can present a unique chance to delve into new experiences, potentially fostering the development of new friendships or skills. STA support isn’t merely a break; it’s an investment in the well-being of the caregiver, which ultimately benefits the care recipient as well.

Aastha Community Services can help you access respite accommodations and quality care while your carers are on a break. During the Short-Term Accommodation stay, we ensure the safety and comfort of our participants while encouraging personal growth through diverse activities and social interactions. Contact us today to experience the benefits of Short-Term Accommodation, including respite.