Our respite services offer stays for people with disability to relax, or to simply take a break. This can be a mini break, planned holiday or somewhere to stay while family or carers take time away from daily routines.

Our respite services are available in the Hunter Region and the Mid-North Coast. We offer short, medium and long-term options that are available under Short Term Accommodation (STA) as part of your NDIS funding. Emergency respite accommodation can also provide support for people with more complex needs or for people who are experiencing a crisis and need some unplanned support quickly. These services are available in the Hunter Region and Mid-North Coast.


Top five reasons why people love Ability Options’ respite services

You can:

  • Relax in a comfortable, safe and fun environment
  • Hang out with support workers who are kind and understand different needs
  • Explore somewhere new away from home
  • Meet and hang out with people that have similar interests
  • Participate in new activities or fun events


Who do we support?

We support children, young people and adults to have time away for themselves. Stays are catered for different age groups and people with similar interests.


What kind of support can I get during my stay?

Support workers in all of our respite homes are trained and experienced in supporting people from a wide range of backgrounds. Our team can support children, young people and adults with all kinds of support needs and interests.

Our staff prepare fresh and nutritious meals in well-equipped kitchens. You are even welcome to join in with meal preparation if you like. We organise day trips and picnics to locations around our respite homes, including to stunning beaches, rainforests and national parks using our fully accessible vehicles. If your mood calls for hanging out in trendy cafes and shopping – we can make that happen too.

We will work closely with you, and your family or carers, to make sure that you are safe and enjoying your stay.

Respite supports include:

  • Epilepsy management
  • Enteral feeding
  • Medication management
  • Support with meal preparation
  • Planning day trips and activities
  • Support in learning new skills such as sports or art and craft
  • Manual handling
  • Positive behaviour support
  • First Aid and CPR

If you have more specific needs that are different to those listed above, we can arrange support from our own therapy team or other agencies.

This may include:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Community nurses

These services can also be included as part of your personal respite plan with us.

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