Short term overnight accommodation

Estia currently has two facilities, at Gladesville and Roselands and provides service for some 120 individuals on a temporary basis. This is a home-away-from-home and a wide range of activities and outings are on offer. A place to make new friends.

Permanent Accommodation/Group Home

Estia cares permanently for 14 individuals in two group-homes located at Gladesville and North Ryde. Due to demand, Estia is planning to expand this service to accommodate people on the wait list. The facilities are clean and modern with up-to-date equipment. Estia boasts professional cooks and our clients are served the finest of foods designed to meet dietary requirements.

Short term overnight accommodation

The Estia Foundation has two respite facilities. One located in Gladesville named St Andrews House, servicing the Metropolitan North region of Sydney and the other located in Roselands, Elpida House, servicing the South.

The respite programs are an important service for both clients and their families as they provide a safe and friendly environment for the service users.

Respite means a welcome break for families, as it gives them a chance to have some space and time out, while knowing that their loved-one is being properly cared for by trained staff. For the service users themselves, it means a holiday where their individual needs can be met in a supported accommodation setting and where the number one priority is for them to be happy and enjoy themselves.

The respite service provides 24 hour a day care for the people receiving support; this includes all aspects of their daily personal care requirements, meal preparation, assistance managing their medication, supervision and assistance when on outings. Each respite facility houses six including a crisis bed. Service users can access the service for a minimum stay of three days or a maximum of five weeks per year.

Individuals wishing to use Estia's respite program should contact us in order to arrange an assessment. Assessments are carried out at Estia's offices and usually take approximately 45 minutes. Potential service users of respite care must be over 18 years for St Andrews House in Gladesville and over 16 years of age for Elpida House in Roselands. Service users also need to be specifically diagnosed with an intellectual and/or physical disability in order to access our services.

Both Estia's respite facilities in Gladesville and Roselands have essential equipment to provide the most comfortable and safe surrounds for our clients. Pelican belts and lifting devices to assist staff in manual handling are accessible in all houses and all vehicles. As an example, the homes have advanced hydrotherapy bath tubs for use while in respite care.

Permanent Accommodation/Group Home

Lixouri House is Estia's first permanent supported accommodation facility located in the North Ryde area of Sydney. Four adults with intellectual and physical disabilities reside in the group home on a full-time basis. Permanent accommodation has allowed independence and a sense of stability for these service users. Family members and friends often visit and each resident has the freedom to visit their paternal home too.

Lixouri House (North Ryde)

The group-home is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The residents living there have a wide range of needs. There is a team of six support staff including a team leader, who are responsible for ensuring that each client's individual daily needs are met. Staff assist the residents:

  • stay healthy and safe
  • develop a person-centred lifestyle plan
  • develop and maintain friendships and social relationships
  • participate in household routines
  • maintain personal care
  • plan and be assisted to access recreation programs
  • plan for leisure activities and holidays
  • participate in community activities
  • develop and maintain skills for independent living
  • access services that promote health and wellbeing.

Clients of Lixouri also have their own interests and are encouraged to maintain these hobbies. The residents are also involved in a number of combined activities such as picnic, road trips, dinners at least once a week, out for lunch, going to the movies and bowling.

Any person seeking permanent accommodation in a group home setting need to make a request for supported accommodation by contacting the ADHC regional Information and Referral Service to determine eligibility for an accommodation service under the NSW Disability Services Act 1993. ADHC maintains one Register of Requests for Supported Accommodation. This register includes information about the person and his or her support needs, the preferred accommodation location(s), and details of available vacancies. ADHC then allocate placements considering the individual seeking accommodation, their needs and for the collective support needs of prospective co-residents.

How to Access Services


Service users wishing to access respite must:

  • Must be a participant in NDIS and have NDIS funding and plan
  • Must be 18 years and over
  • Must have an intellectual and/or physical disability
  • Make an appointment for an assessment to determine service suitability
  • Must sign a service agreement.

For the assessment, potential service users must bring:

  • Medicare Card
  • Disability Pension Card
  • Epilepsy Management Plan (if applicable)
  • Behaviour Support Plan (if applicable)
  • Allergy Management Plan (if applicable)
  • Name and contact details of GP and other specialist medical professionals
  • Name and contact details of other day programs accessed.

To arrange an appointment for an initial assessment, please contact our office.

Group Home

We currently have a wait-list for permanent accommodation. Participants who wish to register on the wait-list, please contact our office.

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PO Box 17
Gladesville NSW 1675

(02) 9879 8000