A home away from home

Short Term Accommodation (RESPITE)

Short Term Accommodation (also known as STA or Respite) is the perfect opportunity for you to take a break from everyday life, learn new skills and expand your social circle.

What is STA?

Short Term Accommodation is support for you to live out of a home for a short period and includes personal care, accommodation, food and activities. STA is staffed by our professional, caring and passionate support workers who are trained to support people with disability, including high health needs. They will get to know you, your needs and interests, what you enjoy doing for fun and what you don’t, so you can have a great time while staying with Cara.

Staying in STA provides an opportunity for you to increase your independence, grow in confidence, enjoy new experiences and meet other like-minded people. Short-Term Accommodation can also provide a stepping stone to Supported Independent Living. Many of Cara’s Supported Independent Living customers started their journey with Cara in Short-Term Accommodation.

What activities will we do?

We are completely guided by you and want to create an experience that suits your needs, goals and aspirations.

Most importantly we want you to enjoy yourself and have fun while learning some new skills.

Check out some of our STA experiences below.

Farm Stay

Located on gorgeous, tree-lined land at Blakiston, just outside of Littlehampton, our Farm Stay experience gives you the opportunity to learn something new, while relaxing in stunning surrounds. This modern, purpose-built farm house offers:

  • Four private bedrooms, each opening to a deck. One bedroom can be converted to a double room if requested.
  • Two shared ensuite bathrooms
  • Shared open-plan accessible kitchen, living and meals area
  • Electric hi-lo beds and a range of accessible equipment
  • 1ha of land with farm animals and accessible raised garden beds
  • Beautiful views of the Adelaide Hills
  • Spacious undercover deck and BBQ area

Short Stays

Our spacious, modern and family-style homes are all located in metropolitan Adelaide, Port Augusta and Port Lincoln. The Short Stays experience is designed for you to relax while building skills you can take home. You’ll have your own bedroom as well as the opportunity to socialise with others.  Each of our properties offer:

  • Spacious private bedrooms
  • Accessible bathrooms
  • Open-plan kitchens, living and meals areas
  • Beautifully maintained gardens

Our Short Stay Vacancies


3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms


4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms


4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms

Port Augusta

2 bedrooms
1 bathroom

Port Lincoln

3 bedrooms
1 bathroom

How long can I stay?

STA is usually funded for up to 28 days per year and can be used flexibly.

This means you can use it in a block of up to 14 days or a few days a month – it’s up to you.

Due to demand, we do require 6 to 8 weeks’ notice for STA bookings.

Why choose Cara?

  • We specialise in providing disability services for adults with severe and multiple disabilities. We are experts at supporting people with complex needs.
  • As one of South Australia’s leading disability providers we have unparalleled depth of knowledge and skills.
  • We have a team of Practice Leaders who are experts in their field and provide guidance on how we can best support you.
  • We have robust quality and safeguarding systems, policies and procedures to ensure you receive the best support.
  • Cara Connect is our unique personalised service for Cara customers, their decision-makers and support coordinators. Think of our Cara Connect Team as your partner for your journey with Cara and the NDIS.
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Our support doesn’t stop when you’ve signed up

Our Cara Connect team will:

  • Regularly check in with you and your support network to hear your thoughts and feedback on our service.
  • Help you to access supports within your budget.
  • Assist you or your Support Coordinator to have your plan reassessed.
  • Schedule your services.
  • Be the single point of contact at Cara for you, your support network, Support Coordinators and decision makers.
  • Stay up to date with the latest NDIS changes.

Our Services

Supported Independent Living

Increase your independence with access to 24/7 support to assist you with daily tasks and building skills.

Home and Community Support

Whether it’s in your home or out in the community, our staff are available to support you when and where you need it.

Specialist Services

Our team of qualified and skilled Allied Health professionals support you to build independence, confidence and skills.