The Sanctuary enables people living with disabilities to access high-quality, purposefully designed accessible accommodation while they wait for disability-related supports that will allow them to move into appropriate long-term accommodation. We have a team of qualified and specially trained Disability Support Workers who are highly skilled and experienced and are passionate about providing the best quality care and support to every one of our guests and residents.
The Australian Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), provides information and financial assistance to people living with a disability. The aim is to help all people with disabilities to connect with home and living and personal care supports and suitable services in their community, to enable them to acquire the skills and access the supports they require to live more independently and achieve their goals and objectives.
The NDIS works closely with the applicant, their carers, and service providers to establish the supports and services required by every Australian living with significant and permanent disability, and funding for these supports is made available to meet the individual needs of each person who participates in the scheme. One of these funded supports is Medium Term Accommodation, also known as Transitional Accommodation.
Medium Term Accommodation is a temporary housing option available to eligible NDIS participants who meet certain criteria. Funding for Medium Term Accommodation is only accessible to people who have had their place confirmed in a long-term housing solution but require temporary disability accommodation while they wait for their long-term accommodation solution to be ready. For example, for their confirmed place in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) to become available, or for home modifications to be completed, or for assistive technologies to arrive and/or be installed.
The NDIS typically only funds Medium Term Accommodation as a ‘one-off’, for a single period of up to 90 days (three months). Funding may only be used to cover accommodation costs, exclusive of any additional personal care supports that may be required and day-to-day living costs such as groceries, utilities, phone and internet and so on.
In order to apply for NDIS funding to access Medium Term Accommodation, you must first be eligible to access the NDIS. Check the NDIS website for more information on eligibility requirements, including a Medium Term Accommodation Checklist, to help you establish whether you might be eligible to apply for and receive funding for Medium Term Accommodation, and assist you to prepare for a discussion with the NDIS about your current accommodation and support needs.
Once you have checked your eligibility and confirmed you meet the criteria for NDIS funding, you can apply for funding via an NDIS plan by completing the online NDIS Access Request Form, or by calling the NDIS. You can then discuss your eligibility for Medium Term Accommodation with your Support Coordinator, as part of the process of developing your NDIS plan.
The Sanctuary Tingira Heights is one of the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle regions’ foremost NDIS-registered providers of luxurious yet affordable Short-Term and Medium-Term (Transitional) Accommodation, and Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation services. Situated close to the shores of Lake Macquarie –one of the most beautiful locations in our region – The Sanctuary is a locally-owned and operated business, committed to serving our community and helping people living with disability to live their best lives.
Alternatively, if you have not yet applied for NDIS, our staff are more than happy to provide information and contacts to assist you in this process.
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The Sanctuary is a locally owned and operated, experienced NDIS service provider with modern accommodation in a scenic setting. Located in Tingira Heights, our estate is nestled in light bushland and beautifully kept gardens without giving up the convenience of the several city hubs and services surrounding it on all sides.
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