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Recharge & Reconnect: Tips to prepare your loved one for short-term/respite accommodation

The prospect of short-term respite accommodation can be daunting for both you and your loved one with a disability. Leaving familiar surroundings and routines can trigger apprehension, but with careful preparation, the experience can be enriching and transformative. Here are some tips to help ensure a smooth transition:


Start the Conversation Early: Begin discussing the idea of respite well in advance, addressing any concerns and fears openly. Explain the benefits, like a break for you and a chance for them to explore new activities and environments. Show them pictures of the facility and talk about the potential joys of meeting new people.

Create a Familiar Comfort Kit: Pack familiar items that bring comfort and security. A treasured stuffed animal, favourite photos, or comfortable pyjamas can ease the transition. Allow them to personalise their space at the respite accommodation with these cherished belongings.

Establish Routines and Schedules: Share the anticipated daily schedule at the respite facility with your loved one. Having a sense of what to expect can minimise anxiety and make them feel more in control. Encourage them to participate in planning activities they might enjoy during their stay.

Pack Wisely and Practically: Prepare essential items your loved one will need, like medications, comfortable clothing, and assistive devices. Pack familiar snacks and personal hygiene products to maintain their usual routines. Don't forget their NDIS plan and communication aids if necessary.

Communicate Clearly with the Facility: Ensure the respite facility understands your loved one's specific needs, preferences, and communication methods. Provide clear instructions on their daily routines, any medical conditions, and preferred calming strategies. Open communication fosters a supportive and personalised experience.

Prepare Yourself for Emotions: Both you and your loved one may experience a range of emotions during the separation. Validate their feelings, listen to their concerns, and assure them of your love and support. Remind them you'll be waiting for their return and plan a fun activity to celebrate their homecoming.

Remember, short-term respite is not a replacement for your love and care. It's an opportunity for both of you to recharge, discover new experiences, and appreciate each other even more upon reunion. Embrace this chance for growth and remember, a well-prepared transition paves the way for a positive and enriching experience for everyone involved.

Short-term accommodation and Respite at Myxa Care

Our Short-Term Accommodation services offer safe, comfortable and accessible homes with features like wheelchair accessibility and adapted bathrooms, making sure your stay is not just safe but also enjoyable. Whether it's for a few days or a few weeks, we're here to make sure you feel right at home.

Features of Our Short-Term Accommodation:

  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Homes with accessible features to ensure easy mobility

  • Adapted Bathrooms: Bathrooms modified for safety and convenience

  • Comfortable Living: Spacious and well-equipped living spaces for a pleasant stay

  • Flexible Duration: Whether you need one weekend or a few days, our accommodations are available for the time you need


Myxa Manor - STA, Respite, MTA and SIL Located in Balwyn, Myxa Manor sits on an acre of land and offers housing tailored to the needs of those living with a disability. Our accommodation options include supported independent living, short- and medium-term accommodation including respite. Find out more



If you would like to arrange short-term accommodation or respite for your loved one, let’s have a chat

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