Children's Short Term Accommodation (Respite)

Children’s Short Term Accommodation (Respite)

Come and stay with Cara! We have comfortable homes for Short Term Accommodation (formerly, respite) all over Adelaide and in country South Australia.

Children’s STA is available for children and teenagers aged up to 17.


What will we do?

The choice is up to you!



Art & Craft

Singing songs

Learning skills

Practicing independence


Sensory play

Going to the park

Children's short-term accomodation home

Where can I stay with Cara?

Some of our children’s STA homes are located in:

  • Ingle Farm (northern Adelaide)
  • Park Holme (south-western Adelaide)
  • Mount Barker (Adelaide Hills)
  • Port Lincoln (Eyre Peninsula)

What do Cara’s STA houses look like?

Children’s STA have private bedrooms for each customer, plus a staff room with a desk and a bed.

Kids share bathrooms and living spaces with others, who are staying in STA at the same time.

There’s always a fun activity space with plenty of books, games, toys and other resources.

The backyards are secure and swings, play equipment, sports equipment, toys and outdoor games to play with.




How long can you stay?

It’s up to you and your family – it’s your choice.

You might choose one of the below options, or something different. Speak with us to discuss your options. 

The weekend or a couple of nights

You can get dropped off on a Friday afternoon and picked up on Sunday afternoon. 

You’ll sleep in your own bedroom and get to hang out with other kids who are staying at STA and Cara’s fun and energetic staff.

After school

Some children and teenagers come for a couple of hours after school, a couple of times a week.

You can be picked up from school or your regular school transport might be able to drop you to Cara’s STA house. Play some games, have dinner, a bath and get into your pyjamas. Your family can pick you up and take you home.

A longer holiday

You might want to stay with us for a couple of weeks at a time, such as during the school holidays.

While you’re there you’ll have heaps of things to do, fun activities and games to play. You’ll be staying with other kids who are Cara customers and you’ll be supported by Cara’s passionate staff.

Can I still go to school if I’m staying in STA?

Yes you can! If you use taxis to get to school, we can arrange for them to pick you up from Cara’s STA house. Otherwise, Cara staff may be able to drive you to school and pick you up again. Transport to and from school is not included in the STA rates –  see the transport rates in our Schedule of Rates.

Home again, tired and happy

When you stay with STA, you’ll experience a range of indoor and outdoor activities, socialisation with other customers and some quiet time. Our staff are committed to supporting you, to ensure STA is a fun, relaxing experience where you and your family get a great break!

Using your NDIS funding

Short Term Accommodation is funded under ‘core supports’ with the support category ‘assistance with daily life’.


Want to talk with someone?

Our friendly Cara Connect team is here to answer any of your questions.

Phone 08 8347 4588 and ask for Cara Connect
Or email