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How the NDIS can support carers

By Jennifer Lumsden, December 7 2018

Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities, the national economy, and as the NDIS is supporting people with a disability, this can also support carers.
As carers, it is important to understand that you have access to support through the NDIS This support includes:
• Funding for when extra support is needed e.g. during episodes of mental illness.
• For family caring, personal care and domestic assistance for the individual.
• Assistance for the individual to participate in social and community activities without a carer.
• Assistance to enable the carer to have time away – a physical or emotional breather.
• Family support and counselling.
• Assessments to recommend capacity building and technological assistance support to help enable the individual and free up the carer.

Kate and Jackie’s story

Kate has been the primary carer for her 50 year-old daughter, Jackie. When Kate was much younger, it was a pleasure to take her daughter swimming and to her various activities. However, Jackie still requires support to enjoy her life, but for Kate, who is now in her 80s, it is very difficult to provide the same level of support she has provided to Jackie all her life.
Jackie’s NDIS plan includes a support worker who takes her swimming and bowling. It also means Jackie can attend group holiday outings with 1:1 support. This additional support allows Kate to do things that she wants to do, look after her health more and develop her own interests.

Raise your voice – NDIS Carer’s Statement

A Carer’s Statement prepared for the NDIS planning meeting can assist you to have a voice. The statement can highlight the personal impact of your caring role and include your wish to undertake activities that you have not been able to do whilst in a carer’s role. These activities may include returning to work or study, or increasing your workload, or taking a holiday. All of which would reduce your capacity to continue caring. Here are some factors you may like to include:
• The extent and type of care you provide – physical, emotional.
• How the caring role affects you as well as other caring roles e.g. caring for elderly parents.
• Whether you are able to keep caring in the same way in the future.
• What impact your caring role has on your own personal needs and goals, for example – work; study; travel; social, cultural or religious engagement activities.
• The effect of caring on your mental and physical health.

Be sure to discuss as part of your preparation for your NDIS plan to make sure that all important information is included to ensure the best possible plan.

Mindy and her Mum

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