Families/Carers / NDIS / Parents and carers
Barb reflects on preparing for NDIS.
Barb, the mother of Lucy, who attends Marriott Community Hub, reflects on her NDIS experience.
At first we were anxious about the NDIS because we have things set up for Lucy now that Lucy is really happy with and work well for us as a family and we didn’t want to have that disrupted.
What did you do to prepare?
- We attended the Carers’ Vic workshops, hosted by Marriott, on preparing for the NDIS.
- Then did our ‘homework’ by thinking about what supports Lucy and our family needed, both short term and longer term, from this we produced a list of supports and the reasons why those supports are important.
- We then met with Marriott’s NDIS Engagement Officer, Sarah McCarthy who helped us put the supports into two goals.
- We organised who would come to the planning meeting; my husband Denis, our eldest daughter, a respite support worker and myself.
- By then we were ready to meet the planner at the NDIA office.
Overall we had well thought out goals and supports, the reasons why and relevant backup documentation.
What did the NDIA planner do during the meeting to help?
The planner, J listened to us and took time to make us feel heard. J asked us good questions for example, towards the end of the meeting she asked ‘are you sure you have enough supports?’ That surprised us!
And did you add any other supports at that point?
Yes, having recently moved house we included an Occupational Therapy assessment at home to make some minor changes in improve Lucy’s independence.
Tell us about one new support for Lucy?
Transport is a big thing. With our move we are not in the Marriott pick up zone anymore. Lucy loves going to Marriott Community Hub and so for Lucy’s independence we need support to travel with Lucy in the morning and again home in the afternoon.
Overall how do you feel?
We went away feeling heard and confident.
To be continued when the plan comes out