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Seven things to look for in an NDIS Support Co-ordinator?
If your NDIS plan includes Support Co-ordination you may be unsure what that is. Support Co-ordination plays an important role in making your NDIS plan come alive, by helping you make sure implementation is effective.
Here are some of the things a Support Co-ordinator does:
• Understands your plan and helps you choose and connect with service providers.
• Explores and co-ordinates supports and links you to community and mainstream services.
• Builds your capacity to co-ordinate your own supports.
• Obtains quotes for services and set up Service Agreements with providers.
• Co-ordinates assessments, reports, and health and medical specialists.
• Responds to a crises; or identifies solutions for managing risky situations, such as ageing carers.
• Plans and explores options for times of key life transitions, such as leaving school or moving home.
• Monitors your NDIS plan outcomes and expenditure, and reports back to the NDIA.
• Re-develops your goals prior to your NDIS plan review.
With a Support Co-ordinator being such an important role, you may be wondering how to choose one.
Here are seven things to look for:
1. Good listeners
2. Take time to understand you and go at the pace you want to
3. Approachable – you feel you can be honest about what you want and don’t want
4. Knowledgeable but they will say if they don’t know the answer and ask someone who does
5. Follows through with what they say
6. Is available – you can get an appointment within a reasonable time when you need one.
7. Finally they are trustworthy
How to find Support Co-ordination? Search online for local providers and ask for a recommendation but remember to choose a service provider that meets your needs.
For more information https://www.marriott.org.au/support-coordination/